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Corson Surname DNA Project Newsletter - January 2006 

Hello everyone, 

Since last month's report, one new participant signed up. 



21 participants, 20 test results reported 

Genetic matches: 3 sets of three, 2 sets of two, 7 unmatched 

Separate family lines: 12 (8 in haplogroup R1b; 1 each in E3b, I1a, I1c, and J2) 

Average time for lab to process a DNA sample: 11 days 

Average time from sign-up to receipt of test results: 33 days


DIVISION III (Staten Island, NY) - 6 participants, 5 results

A participant (#21) with the surname Vroom recently signed up. He documents his descent from Hendrick Vroom (1683-1769), whose genetic signature we've been able to estimate from the project's other two Vroom participants. He is a sixth cousin to Participant #13 and a fourth cousin, once removed, to Participant #17. The most recent common ancestor of the new participant and Participant #17 was John Vroom (1757-1833), who moved from New Jersey to Nova Scotia after the Revolutionary War.

We are still looking for male-line descendants of Hendrick Vroom's (1683-1769) brothers Cornelius (b. 1677) or Alfred and Benjamin Corssen's brothers Jacob (1681-1742) or Christian (1676-aft. 1764) to participate. We're also looking for other descendants of William DeCoursey (bef. 1720-1788) to participate. Until then, we won't know if the Corson, Vroom, or DeCoursey genetic signature (if any) represents that carried by progenitor Cors Pieterszen (1612-1655).


DIVISION I (New England) - 3 participants and results - We are still looking for male-line descendants of Samuel Corson (1719-1810) (Div. I-D) and Ichabod Corson (c.1725-c.1800) (Div. I-F) who would be willing to participate.

DIVISION II (Sussex Co., NJ) - 3 participants and results - More participants from this Division are welcome; their results could help strengthen the assertion that we know progenitor Jan Corszen's (d. 1703) genetic signature.

DIVISION IV (Cape May Co., NJ) - 4 participants and results - We need to find just one more matching participant from this Division to resolve the uncertainty about progenitor Carsten Jansen's (1634- ca. 1697) genetic signature.

DIVISION VII (Hunterdon Co., NJ) - 1 participant and result - The participant from this brick-walled Division has yet to match anyone closely.

DIVISION VIII (Colsons not derived from Corsons) - 1 participant and result - The current participant descends from Adam Cols(t)on of Massachusetts, born ca. 1660. We welcome participation by those descended from him or other Colson progenitors.

DIVISIONS V, VI, IX, and XIII - no participants - We still wish to recruit descendants of Daniel Corson (1763-1849), who moved from Sussex County, NJ to Ontario, Canada. We're also searching for participants with ancestors from European Corsan / Courson / Curzon / Korson families.

UNCONNECTED - 3 participants and results - Two Corson participants and one Courson participant remain unconnected to other participants in the project.


At least $495 remains in the subsidy fund to reimburse all or a portion of the test costs for eight participants from particular family lines in Divisions I, III, IV, VII, and X. You can see additional details at the project website:

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