Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Lost Colony DNA Projects Update

Y and mtDNA testing Projects are up and running!
The Lost Colonists of Roanoke were left on Roanoke Island in present day North Carolina in 1587 in order to establish the first colony in America. A vessel was sent back to England with Governor John Smith to obtain supplies and was subsequently unable to return until 1590. Upon the return of the supply ship, the colony was gone, not destroyed, but removed. The only clue was the name Croatan carved into a tree. John Smith, whose daughter, son-in-law and grandchild were among the colonists began a lifelong quest to find the colonists. Some historians say they perished, but clues and rumors persisted for decades that they did not, that they either were captured by or assimilated into the local native population. We hope to discover whether the colonists perished or survived as part of the indigenous culture. All male participants are welcome whose surname closely matches those on our names of interest list.

Individuals whose maternal line includes people who might be either Lost Colonists of or native descent from this area of NC are encouraged to join the Lost Colony mtdna project at: