Laymon/Layman/Lemon DNA Project
The Laymon DNA Project
The genealogy of the Laymon (all spellings) family is especially confusing because of the numerous ways the name can be spelled. In my own family, I have seen the name spelled at least 10 ways, the name has been spelled several ways in the same document, and in a couple of cases brothers have taken different spellings (Laymon and Layman). In addition, there is the possibility of multiple family origins, in Holland, Germany, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Scotland, and maybe even France (LeMont/LeMond).
DNA analysis is a recent addition to the genealogist's "toolbox." One way that DNA analysis can be used is to track the inheritance of the Y-Chromosome from father to son. As a result of this direct father - son link, the passing of the Y-Chromosome mirrors the passing of the family name.
This project began in the summer of 2001 when a group of seven Laymon/Layman family researchers took the Y-Chromosome DNA test to determine the relationships between their families. Four were from a group of Laymons with origins in southern Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia; two were Laymans from Tennessee, Pennsylvania and likely back to southwestern Germany; and the last was a Layman who had independently traced his ancestors back to southwestern Germany from Maryland.
As of September 2008, we have tested 72 participants. For some participants the results have been a big breakthrough, while for others it has resulted in additinal confusion. To date, we have found nine distinct lines. For results of our study to date, take a look at the DNA Results page.
On the DNA Links page, you can find web-site links that will provide a great deal of information on the use of DNA analysis in genealogy. On the DNA News page, you will find references to non-web information on the use of DNA analysis in genealogy.
We encourage all interested male Laymons (of any spelling) to participate in this study. Check out the How to Participate page for details.
All information on this web site is posted for your geneological enjoyment so you can compare your family lines and see which group you are related to. This DNA data and the family lines presented are the property of each individual contributing participant and researcher. Permission of the DNA contributors and researchers must be obtained before any of this data is used in journal articles, publications, books etc.
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