Updated - April 6, 2013
Wanted descendant of Guy Meek
Need a male named Meek who descends from Guy Meek I of Maryland for DNA testing. The test is free for the 1st person with a reasonable paper trail.
Welcome to the Meek/Meeks Family Y-DNA Project.
Prospective or new members should read the information at How it Works in the menu to the left. If you have any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org The menu at the left contains links to the status of pending test, results and discussion/analysis of what the project administrator believes the results tell us.
This project is open to any one named Meek, Meeks or other variant spellings for Y-DNA testing on a male participant. Females may sponsor a male relative. Also welcome is anyone who believe that they may have a biological connection to a Meek/Meeks family. While the primary focus is Y-DNA we also accept males or females for mtDNA and Family Finder testing of any surname connected to a Meek/Meeks line. Note: Participation requires the purchase of a DNA test. The cost of managing the project and operating the web site has been donated by the project administrators. Donations are welcome.
The goals of the project are:
(1) To find other people we are related to.
Major finding of the project
The Meek families who lived in S. W. Pennsylvania between 1770 and 1800 who were previously thought to be related are in fact from at least two separate unrelated lines.
One major group from S. W. Pennsylvania was found to be related to the Meeks family from 1750 Pitt Co., NC. This connection was previously unknown.
Four notable 18th century ancestors were found to be related. These ancestors are: John Alexander Meek born 1686 whose family settled in Laurens District, SC, Adam Meek born @1726, of Cecil Co., MD, Joseph Meek born @1744, of Washington Co., VA, Moses Meek born @1755 of VA and Mecklenburg Co., NC. These connections were previously unproven and some members of this group have a good paper trail to Ireland. Joseph Meek of this group is the grandfather of Joseph Lafayette Meek the mountain man. Now project members can determine who might be related to Joe the mountain man.
Several individuals have been connected to other individuals or groups where the connection had previously been unknown.
Two non-matching members are identified as being in haplogroup I1a Nordic, unlike the other members who are mostly R1b. One can trace his ancestors to 1790 England and the other to 1796 Ireland. A newer member was identified as being in haplogroup R1a and traces his family back to 1838 Canada. His father was born in England.
In a small number of cases members have discovered that despite a good paper trail they were not connected to the ancestor they expected.
These results are significant for a group our size. However, there are still many questions. More members are needed to better define different lines and the time to the most recent common ancestor (TMRCA). Each member is encouraged to find more people, with good genealogies, to join the project. With time the picture will become clearer.
The Meek Family Y-DNA Project is conducted through Family Tree DNA
and FTDNA’s association with the DNA laboratory at the University of Arizona.
Those people who utilized other testing companies are also welcome.
Neither the Group Administrators nor any member of this project are employed or paid by any DNA testing company.
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