"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 5 December 2002


Update on Shuffield/Sheffield Family Tree DNA Project

Back in early October, I share with you that we had established a Shuffield/ Sheffield Family Tree DNA Project to help determine family relationships using the male Y-Chromosome. Our goal was to prove, in the absence of written documentation; the Texas and North Carolina Shuffield/Sheffield families were related.

We established our project with FamilyTreeDNA and we are extremely exited with the early results. The DNA project tracks along the MALE family line from generation to generation as the male DNA does not combine the mother and father's DNA. Female DNA changes with each generation as it combines both the mother and father's DNA.

Males with the Shuffield/Sheffield surname in Texas and North Carolina submitted DNA samples, obtained through a cheek swabs, and the DNA is a 100% match. More importantly, the DNA sequencing pattern is very uncommon and rare, with less than 2% of the population having that DNA string.

Bennett Greenspan, President of FamilyTreeDNA, reported our family is originally of Nordic origins. He said that 5,000 years ago there was a male ancestor, in our direct family line, that was a Norseman! Our family came to America from England in the early 1700s but before they got to England they were of a Nordic origin or it introduced into the family line as the result of a visiting Norseman! Either way, in a few short months, this DNA project has added a wealth of information to our family history.

In the future, we hope to expand our DNA pool of men into our project. If you are interested in more information on the Shuffield/Sheffield DNA Project, go to: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/Shuffield-001.htm.

Family Tree DNA provided the testing services for this project. If you would like information on to possible start a DNA project for your family, you can contact the company at: 1919 North Loop West, Suite 110, Houston, Texas 77008, Telephone: 713/828-4200 or visit their website at: http://www.familytreedna.com/.

George Washington Papers

An incredibly important resource for individuals who are interested in Colonial America, the American Revolution or George Washington is now available, free and on-line by the University of Virginia. "The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Resources, 1745-1799" edited by John C. Fitzpatrick can be found at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/washington/.

Throughout Washington's life, he saved all of his incoming letters and copies of most of his outgoing mail. On his deathbed, Washington continued to assert the importance of his papers and made arrangements to preserve his collection of over 135,000 documents and letters.

Frank E. Grizzard, Jr., Senior Associate Editor of the Papers of George Washington stated, "It is hoped this electronic edition of Fitzpatrick's 'Writings of Washington' will provide easy and wide access to scholars and researchers and introduce this monumental work to a new audience."

Mr. Grizzard and the University of Virginia have accomplished this goal with how easy it is to use and read the on-line version of the collection. The website also includes a search engine that allows you to search all of the volumes.

Please take the time to read the "Preface of the Electronic Edition" found on the main page of the website. It includes a detailed history of the Papers of George Washington and other works published from the material.

Additional resources on the website include: Mount Vernon; Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry Farm; and, Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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