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Corson Surname DNA Project Newsletter – October 2006  

Hello everyone, 

Since the last newsletter in July, one participant joined the project and one found a close match with a probable relative in another DNA project. (Another participant (me) moved from the U.S. to France, which is why I haven't sent a newsletter for 3 months.) 

Michael

 

PROJECT STATISTICS 

30 participants, 29 test results reported

Separate families: 13 (1 set of eight participants, 1 set of four, 2 sets of three, 2 sets of two, 7 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, 6 results

A Corson participant (#27, re-assigned) who traces descent from this division recently joined the project. 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).

SOUTHERN U.S. COURSONS IN DIVISION X

The Courson participant (#18) who traces his descent from James Courson (c.1762-1834), born in Lancaster District, South Carolina has a genetic signature that matches (on 24 of 25 markers) that of a Courson in the Courson DNA Project, which focuses primarily on Coursons of the “Wiregrass” region of Georgia. The second Courson traces his descent from William Thomas Courson, R.S. (born c.1760) the progenitor of all of the Wiregrass Coursons. One hypothesis is that the two progenitors were brothers, but documentary evidence to test that hypothesis has not been found. The search for such documents continues.

STATUS OF CCFHA DIVISIONS WITH NO NEWS

DIVISION I (New England) – 8 participants and results – Genetic signature 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 – 4 participants and results – Three Corson participants and one Courson participant 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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