I would like to start a Fortune yDNA project here at wikitree and I am looking for some tips and guidance. I want it to be as effective as possible but also align with wikitree guidelines and privacy rules.
I was inspired by ydna test results I received in 2017 and the many wonderful researchers I met in the process. Like many ydna testers, I hoped to learn if I matched a specific family. I have a specific interest in the Fortunes that trace to Nelson County Virginia. Partially because there is a lot of them, I match many of them in auDNA testing, and family tradition tells we have a direct line back.
My yDNA test revealed that I matched a specific ydna haplogroup within R-M269 that corresponds to the Walden Ravensworth group. I have carefully looked over the list of my male ydna matches and their MDKAs, and I don't match a single one as a cousin or any of the descendants as cousins that can't be explained through my dad's grandmother Daisy Pettis.
I got in contact with one of the administrators for the Walden ydna project that was hosted at rootsweb and at FTDNA and would like to use a similar approach for Fortune ydna at wikitree.
I would like to accomplish the following:
- Setup a matrix/table of all the known Fortune ydna haplogroups.
- Through research and analysis, identify the different Fortune family clusters.
- Track down sources and potential candidates for testing. For example, I know of two men that tested at ancestry before they halted ydna testing. The results are no longer online at ancestry. Person #1 saved their results (I don't match them - but that helps me a lot and helps them too!). Person #2 tested at ancestry but didn't match Person #1.
- Build out a list of known Fortune researchers so they can help each other.
- Use it as cousin bait or research bait to draw more people to wikitree where they can build out more accurate trees and profiles that are properly sourced.
I have been reading the following wikitree help page:
It looks like no one has started a FORTUNE project yet. I'd like to start one and use content and research I have already collected.