Goals

The aims of the project are:
  • To encourage those with East Anglian heritage to participate in genetic genealogy.
  • To encourage those tested to volunteer their data as members of this project.
  • To make the data obtained available to anyone who would like to analyse it for genealogical purposes.
  • To help co-ordinate and promote  genetics-based genealogical activity in the region.
To enable this the strategy will be:
  • To raise awareness of genetic genealogy and this project in appropriate fora.
  • To foster relationships with the family history societies relevant to East Anglia.
  • To collaborate with academic research where appropriate.
  • To protect the quality of the data and support it with documentary evidence.
  • To protect any intellectual property created so that this project's activities, and the vital contributions of its members, are duly acknowledged.

Rationale

The focus of this project should be to gather as much genetic data from the region as is practicable.  As with much activity in this field, it is often difficult or impossible to tell what the results will be from the outset. It is only when test results are obtained and close matches / clusters are found that conclusions can start to be formed and theories take shape.  Analysis, as such, is a secondary concern for the project itself as this is best done at the level of the individual member who will most benefit.  That said, the analysis of the data as a population is encouraged, to see if statistically significant patterns emerge.

Many members of the project are from outside the region, e.g. North America, but with bone-fide claims to East Anglian heritage. Many of them are seeking genetic matches back in the British Isles to help confirm or establish their family lineage or surname origins. It would help them tremendously if local matches could be found - although it must be acknowledged that over time, specific Y-DNA and mtDNA signatures can dwindle in a region through "daughtering-out" processes, lack of offspring, migration or become confused by NPEs.  There will not always be the data to answer all questions that may be asked.