of the Hunt — for Ancestors!
|The CORBIN Y-DNA Surname
Project at FamilyTreeDNA
including Variations, such as,
CORBEN, CORBAN, CORBON, CORBINS, CARBIN, CORBYN, CORBINE, KORBAN, etc.
|This project utilizes Y-chromosome DNA testing as a tool for genealogical
research on surname CORBIN and its variations. The project is based
at FamilyTreeDNA, but people
tested elsewhere are welcome to join by sharing results and lineages, either
unofficially or by officially
Human gender is genetically determined by a pair of chromosomes that are, by convention, designated XX (for females) and XY (for males). Only males have the Y-chromosome, and because the male Y-chromosome is handed down intact from father to son through the generations (except for infrequent mutations), just as surnames are handed down from father to son, Y-DNA testing can identify common ancestors on the direct male line. Y-DNA testing is an extremely powerful tool for supporting pedigrees and for breaking past brick walls where paper genealogy has failed to go.
If you are researching surname CORBIN or any of its variations, please consider having a male family member submit a sample to the project. This invitation extends to the numerous African-American CORBIN families whose patrilineal ancestor was either genetically a European CORBIN or who was surnamed CORBIN by reason of having adopted the surname of their owner — and if you don't know which is the case, then a DNA test is one way to find out.
Don't see your line listed below? Then be the first of your line to get tested!
the Alternate Project Web Site at FamilyTreeDNA
This site includes a distribution map of member origins.
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Haplogroup R-1b1a-2 is by far the most common haplogroup in western Europe, so it is not surprising that it dominates the project. Haplogroup I is the second most common (with I1 more common than I2), E is third, and G is rare. I recommend that those who are R-1b1a-2 and have not yet been deep SNP tested (i.e., those of you who are M269) please do so, to determine your subclade in this huge group.
Results, so far, show that surname CORBIN has at least ten independent
origins, plus an assortment of NPEs
and adoptions in both directions.
It was a welcome development to have the Barbados CORBINs, the New England CORBINs, the CORBINs of Baltimore Co., MD, the descendants of Peter CORBIN of Lexington Co., SC, and the descendants of George CORBIN of Northampton Co., VA, match each other at such high levels because this matching adds strong support for the accuracy of their paper pedigrees.
The matching of the CORBINs of the Northern Neck of Virginia is a welcome consolidation of Virginia CORBIN lines, and it seems probable that John CORBIN of Richmond County is the ancestor of all of them.
The non-match of the Hall End CORBINs to any other tested CORBIN family was a disappointing surprise, especially to the Northern Neck CORBINs, but it is a decided relief to finally put an end to the tortured genealogies trying to connect to them.
The CORBIN whose kin lived in VA and WV is working to bridge the gap to the 1940 census, so we can take his ancestry further back. Because recent records are sealed and take time to acquire, progress is slow.
The connection between the descendants of Edward CORBIN of SC and Moses CORBIN of SC and FL was suspected, but the actual match is welcome proof of a relationship between these elusive CORBIN families.
The appearance of an NPE in the lineage of the descendant of Ira CORBIN was an unpleasant surprise, but NPEs are happening in about 10% of the men tested for my projects. At least he has a solid match with a genealogically well known (and illustrious) SHERMAN family.
While most of the paper descendants of Peter CORBIN of Pickins Co., SC, surnamed CORBIN are matching at a high level, we have one with an NPE in his patrilineal line. After a long wait for a match, we find he has one with a FIELDS family. There was a surprise NPE in the other direction, with a pair of MESSER/MERCER individuals being a close match to these CORBINs. Lastly, an adopted DAMERON, who was told his biological father was a CORBIN, has had that belief confirmed by matching these CORBINs.
It was not expected that John A. CORBIN, son of an unmarried Amanda CORBIN, would match Amanda's CORBIN family, and he doesn't. He does have a strong match with a WOODRING family whose progenitor is a VAUTRIN from Alsace.
While it may have been a disappointment to the descendants of Rebecca STEPHENS that her son is a STEPHENS, not a CORBIN, having now genetically identified their STEPHENS family is a major advance in the genealogy of their STEPHENS ancestry. This result is the first case I have encounted where Y-DNA testing a son has actually revealed something about the ancestry of the mother!
If you want to increase the probability of making a match and speed up the progress of this project, offer to fully or partially subsidize a test. Donations can easily be made through the project's General Fund, and I recommend that avenue rather than exchanging funds personally (see below).
The following subsidies are currently being offered:
1. Your project admin is willing to bear the full cost of a 67-marker test for any CORBIN born in the British Isles or France who has at least some knowledge of their patrilineal CORBIN ancestry there, enough so that there is at least the potential for tracing it further back.
2. Your project admin is willing to bear the full cost of a 67-marker test for a male CORBIN who is a patrilineal descendant of Elijah Kelley "Eli" CORBIN (1814-1894) of Huntingdon Co., PA, Knox Co., OH, and Marion Co., OH.
3. Your project admin is willing to bear the full cost of a 67-marker test for a male CORBIN who is a patrilineal descendant of Benjamin CORBIN.
4. Your project admin and another donor are willing to share the full cost of a 67-marker test for a male CORBIN who is a patrilineal descendant of Nicholas CORBIN, 1671 immigrant to Maryland, one who is not descended from William CORBIN, his brother, Benjamin CORBIN, or James M. CORBIN, each of whom has already had at least one patrilineal descendant tested.
5. Daphne GAWNE has offered to subsidize the full cost of a 67-marker test for a male CORBIN who is a patrilineal descendant of Daniel CORBIN (1766-1850) of CT, then Orange Co., VT, then Windsor Co., VT.
6. Douglas M. CORBIN has offered to subsidize the full cost of a 67-marker test for a male CORBIN who is a patrilineal descendant of Mathuel CORBIN (c1720s- ) of Brunswick Co., VA, and Halifax Co., NC; or either of his presumed sons, William CORBIN (1750/1826), or Charnel CORBIN (>1758-1823), both of whom ended up in Montgomery Co., TN.
7. Douglas M. CORBIN has offered to subsidize the full cost of a 67-marker test for a male CORBIN who is a patrilineal descendant of [William] Arthur CORBIN (c1755- ) of Charleston [now Colleton] Co., SC (in 1790), Beaufort Co., SC (in 1800), and Georgetown Co., SC (in 1810).
For all subsidies, acceptance of the subject is at the discretion of the donor (i.e., upon the researcher's satisfaction that there is a valid paper connection between the test subject and the ancestor) and the test subject must agree to sign the Release to allow sharing of his test results. Subject must also agree to having their results uploaded to Ysearch. Please note that sharing of results does not necessarily mean sharing of identity, even at Ysearch. Only the project administrator and the donor necessarily need know the identity of the test subject.
In recognition of the fact that some individuals may find the cost of DNA testing prohibitive and that these individuals may be the only representatives of key lines in our genealogical research, Family Tree DNA has instituted "General Funds" to allow researchers to subsidize the testing of these key individuals. The fund can also be used as a simple way to give someone a gift of DNA testing. Please see this link at Family Tree DNA for more details. And please consider a donation to the project as a way of bringing more lines into the project, especially to help some of our elder kin be tested who may not otherwise be able to afford it. There is also a field on the donation form allowing you to make a donation in honor of a specific person. The funds will be entirely collected and held by Family Tree DNA, but their dispursement is implemented by your project administrator. You can inform your project adminstrator whose test you want subsidized with your donation or, if you wish, you can leave it up to the project administrator to decide where the funds can best be applied. Please note that anonymous donations are not just anonymous to the public; they are also anonymous to the project admin. If you want the admin to know you made the donation and/or have a special request for how it is to be spent, please notify the admin by email at the time you make the donation.
There has been an instance in one of my projects where a donor sent a prospective member a check, then the person never followed through by joining the project. This situation can be avoided if the researcher has, instead, donated the money to the project's General Fund, because the money simply won't be spent if the person fails to join and return their sample.
There has also been an instance in one of my projects where a donor agreed to fund a test based on the promise of a secure line to their progenitor, only for me to discover there was an adoption in the line. In this case, the researcher had donated their money to the General Fund, and I caught the NPE in time to deny the subsidy to the test subject. This situation is also a reminder to examine someone's line, yourself, before agreeing to subsidize their test — not that there was intentional deception here, just flawed paper genealogy.
Bottom line: before sending a stranger a check, please consider making a donation to the project's General Fund, instead. And, please, in no case send money to me; I do not want the responsibility of handling it.
Mailing List at RootsWeb
Note that the above is a different list from the
And for the gateway to genealogy web links, specifically DNA links, see Cyndi's List - DNA.
|The project administrator and webmaster is yours truly, Diana Gale Matthiesen. I am a volunteer and receive no financial remuneration of any kind from FamilyTreeDNA. I'm a retired zoologist / paleontologist, and genealogy is my hobby. I descend from Benjamin CORBIN of Baltimore Co., MD. George & Sarah (CORBIN) STRAUB of Marion Co., OH, were my mother's paternal grandparents, so I daughtered out with Sarah.|