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From: Mark Stedman <>
Subject: Re: [STEDMAN] FTDNA Christmas Special
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 09:02:42 -0500
I can trace my ancestry on the paternal side back to the Connecticut
Stedmans. I'm not sure if it makes sense for me to participate this
project. I'm willing to be tested, but money is pretty tight right
now. If you'd like I can send you the documentation of my family
lineage. We are documented in the book that I believe is called people
of the Hudson Valley or something like that. I have some electronic
copies of it available.
Typed with two thumbs and sent from my iPhone
On Nov 22, 2011, at 8:39 AM, David Stedman <> wrote:
> Hi Zoe
> The project is a Y-DNA project and the Y chromosome is passed from father to son,
> but lost if any daughters are involved, so unfortunately the person supplying the
> DNA must be a direct father to son (etc) descendant in order to be able to
> participate properly.
> There is another (expensive and somewhat more complicated) option available now
> with Family Finder. This looks at the autosomal DNA which is passed to all children
> from both parents. In order to utilise this fully though you would need to find cousin
> from the line you are investigating to join in.
> Harpers Ferry was the location of the Sothern Arsenal in West Virginia. There was a
> large Stedman family there in the early 19th C. and the name was top of the list with
> seven father son teams working there in 1816.
> The noted genealogist Melvin Lee Steadman was a member of this line.
> All the best
> On 22 Nov 2011 at 3:01, wrote:
> Date sent: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 3:01:32 -0500
> From: <>
> Subject: Re: [STEDMAN] FTDNA Christmas Special
> Copies to: David Stedman <>
> Does the male person have to have the last name of Stedman or Harper?
> My brother would be a direct descendant of both groups, but his last name isn't
> Stedman or Harper. Those are just our ancestors.
> What is the fee right now? Is that the National Geographics group or what?
> ---- David Stedman <> wrote:
>> Dear List
>> Family Tree DNA (who we use for the DNA project) has announced a seasonal sale
>> up to the end of December.
>> This includes upgrades and new STR kits (the most useful for a surname project)
>> plus Family Finder which has the advantage of being applicable to either men or
>> I would like to encourage all people who are able to join (or know a potential DNA
>> donor) to do so. We are having great success with the project but the more who join
>> the more we will learn with this extremely powerful tool.
>> The project does also have a limited amount of funds available to encourage testing
>> of particular lines.
>> As ever we are keen to see people from the Harpers Ferry and Isaac Stedman (of
>> Biddenden) families join the project and of course we are always particularly
>> interested in anybody with a paper trail to the British Isles.
>> If you think your line could qualify for funding then please contact either John Lisle
>> () or myself.
>> You can join the project by clicking the links on the main project page and while you
>> are there see how well we are doing :)
>> People who have already got 12, 25 or 37 loci STR results can upgrade these or
>> order Family Finder and people who are considering joining the project can order an
>> STR kit (we now recommend the 37 loci to start off with) or Family Finder, all at
>> seasonal discount rates.
>> Please note that unfortunately only direct male descendants can participate with an
>> STR kit, if you aren´t one of these then you will need to find a suitable donor for your
>> All the best
>> Dave Stedman
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