Congratulations to our Lock-in Winners! They are:
1. 4 Tickets to Epic Water with insulated tote bag, water bottle, towel and goggles: Kathy Ritterhouse
2. Jim the Book Man - donated a $35 certificate toward a bible or book repair: Betty Perry
3. 4 Tickets to the GP Cinemark - Movie 16: Tenie Savage
4. 1-year Genealogy Bank Membership (a $69.95 value): Irene Garner
5. A free 6 month membership to Ancestry.com: Regina Shumaker
6. A 1-year annual subscription to Fold 3: Ruth Goodman
7. A basic annual subscription to Newspaper.com: Kathy Ritterhouse
8. 3 Books: Why are you Here, Ancestor Charts of Members of the GPGS, (donated by Pamela Flynt Knight)
and Legendary Locals of GP: (donated by Richard Waller): Angela Arnold
9. Beauty Gift Box: Kathy Ritterhouse
10. Men's Gift Box: John Wylie
11. Flower Gift Box: Tenie Savage
12. Tea Cup Box: Irene Garner
13. Three Community relations Track Packs at Lone Star Park (valued at $60): Tenie Savage
14. Two (5-way) Combo Tickets to Ripleys Believe it or Not: Kay Dunbar
15. Matted Family Tree Picture (donated by Melissa Manuel): Cynthia Poole
16. Find My Past: 1 Month British Subscription and 1 Month Irish Subscription: Judy J. White
I am happy to report that those winning multipe prizes were not mugged on their way out. Congratulations to you all! We are so happy to have you at our Lock-in and we appreciate all those that sponsored our raffle! Thank you to everyone.
Join the Early Texans DNA Project!
The Early Texans DNA database is now live! Those who join the Early Texans DNA project can compare their DNA to other Early Texans descendants and collaboratively work to solve early Texas genealogical mysteries.
The project helps participants study the DNA of descendants of early settlers to discover information that can contribute to Texas history including:
- Determine which admixtures are found in living Texans today.
- Link those admixture results to early colonies or settlements.
- Learn which segments of DNA are shared with other descendants of early settlers of Texas.
- Assist those applying for TxSGS Heritage Certificates. DNA matches support claims of descent from a common ancestor and can provide clues as to where to locate documentary evidence.
Watch for many more exciting projects in the future!
Membership in the project is open to everyone who has an ancestor that came to Texas by 31 December 1900. Those whose ancestors did not arrive while Texas was a Republic still have DNA that can help us make discoveries about our ancestors!
Who can participate?
How do I join?
If you tested your DNA at Family Tree DNA, join the Early Texans DNA project. Instructions are found at http://www.txsgs.org/programs/dna-project/early-texans/.
If you tested at a company other than Family Tree DNA, download your raw DNA data from that company and upload this DNA data file to Family Tree DNA. A small fee allows you to unlock FamilyTreeDNA's DNA analysis tools. Once your DNA data file is uploaded, join the Early Texans DNA project as described above.
After joining the Early Texans DNA project, submit the project application form found here (.PDF). This will allow us to link the Family Tree DNA kit number with your lineage. The lineages are uploaded to the Early Texans DNA database, building an early Texan family tree that may help researchers solve early Texan brick walls.