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Corson Surname DNA Project Newsletter November 2006  

Hello everyone,
In the past month, one participant received his test results and a participant from the Courson DNA project agreed to have his results posted in our project as well.

Michael

PROJECT STATISTICS
31 participants and test results reported
Unique families: 13 (1 set of eight participants, 1 set of four, 3 sets of three, 2 sets of two, 6 unmatched)
Families in each haplogroup: 9 in R1b; 1 each in E3b, I1a, I1b2a, and J2

CCFHA DIVISIONS WITH NEWS

DIVISION III (Staten Island, NY) - 7 participants and results

A Corson participant (#27, re-assigned) who traces descent from this division received his results this week. His genetic signature matched (or nearly so) those of two descendants of Benjamin Corssen (1686-1740), indicating that they share common male-line ancestry.

Corson, Vroom, and DeCoursey participants documenting descent from this division show three different genetic signatures. Thus, we are still looking for participants from the following lines: male-line descendants of (1) Hendrick Vroom's (1683-1769) brothers Cornelius (b. 1677) or Alfred, and (2) Benjamin Corssen's brothers Jacob (1681-1742) or Christian (1676-aft. 1764). 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 of them) represents that carried by progenitor Cors Pieterszen (1612-1655).

DIVISION XV (southern U.S. Coursons) - 2 participants and results

Last month's issue reported the genetic near-match (i.e., 24 of 25 markers) between Courson participant #18 and a Courson from the Courson DNA Project. The former traces his descent from James Courson (c.1762-1834), born in Lancaster District, South Carolina, while the latter traces his descent from William Thomas Courson (born c.1760), the progenitor of the Coursons of the Wiregrass region of Georgia and Florida. The latter participant and the coordinator of the Courson DNA Project, Robert B. Noles, agreed to have his lineage and DNA results included in the Corson DNA project (shown as participant #31). We hope that wider availability of this information will attract other Courson descendants to participate in either DNA project.

Their matching surnames and similar genetic signatures indicate a common ancestor, perhaps one who was father or grandfather to their earliest-known Courson ancestors. This new information prompted the Corson/Colson Family History Association (CCFHA) to create a new Division, number XV, to represent descendants of this as-yet-unnamed Courson progenitor. Within this Division, the CCFHA hopes to collect and organize genealogical information about descendants of this progenitor, most of whom appear to have lived or currently live in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas, USA.

STATUS OF CCFHA DIVISIONS WITH NO NEWS

DIVISION I (New England) - 8 participants and results - Genetic signature of Samuel Corson (c.1686-1764), documented son of progenitor Cornelius Cursonwhit (c.1660-c.1710) identified - More participants from this Division are welcome; their results could identify mutations unique to certain family lines. We are searching for genetic matches in Europe that might indicate the progenitor's region of origin.

DIVISION II (Sussex Co., NJ) - 3 participants and results - Genetic signature of progenitor Jan Corszen (d. 1703) identified - More participants from this Division are welcome; their results could identify mutations unique to certain family lines. We are searching for genetic matches in Europe that might indicate the progenitor's region of origin.

DIVISION IV (Cape May Co., NJ) - 4 participants and results - Genetic signature of progenitor Carsten Jansen (1634-c.1697) identified - More participants from this Division are welcome; their results could identify mutations unique to certain family lines. We are searching for genetic matches in Europe that might indicate the progenitor's region of origin.

DIVISION Va (Dumfriesshire, Scotland) - 1 participant and result - We're looking for another male-line descendant from this family so we can estimate its ancestral genetic signature.

DIVISION VII (Hunterdon Co., NJ) - 2 participants and results - Genetic signature of progenitor Jacob Corson (c.1755-bef.1822) identified - We're looking for genetic matches that could indicate where Jacob's male-line ancestors came from. Other participants from this Division are welcome.

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 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 Corson / Corsan / Courson / Curzon / Korson families.

UNCONNECTED - 3 participants and results - Three Corson participants remain unconnected to other participants in the project.

SUBSIDY FUND

At least $315 remains in the subsidy fund to reimburse all or a portion of the test costs for four participants from particular family lines in Divisions III, X, and XIII. You can see additional details at the project website: http://www.geocities.com/misccorson/dna/subsidyfund.htm

If you have any questions about the project, interpretation of test results, or genetic genealogy in general, please contact me. If you know someone who would like to receive this newsletter, please ask that person to send me an e-mail address to subscribe. You can read back issues of the newsletter at http://www.geocities.com/misccorson/dna/reports.htm

Corson DNA Project website: http://www.geocities.com/misccorson/dna/

Corson/Colson Family History Association: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~ccfha/

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