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The Piatt Surname DNA study has begun!  Laverne Ingram Piatt has volunteered to be the Project Coordinator.  The purpose of the study is to use science to confirm or deny a common male ancestor among the various Piatt lines. 

We invite any male with the surname of Piatt, Pyatt, Pyott, Pyeatt, Pyeatte, Peatt, etc, to consider joining the DNA study. It is necessary to limit the participants to males as it is the Y-DNA which will be studied. The Y-DNA is passed virtually unchanged from father to son to son to son, and so on. If the male descendant of a Piatt is not named Piatt this indicates a female in the line between his Piatt ancestor and him. The presence of a female in the lineage 
would break the passage of the Y-DNA and make the male descendant not named Piatt ineligible.

More information is available at Family Tree DNA's website at:


So far participants have elected to have the 25 marker test run on their samples which were sent to the lab in late December 2002. We hope to have results soon.

Although females, even born Piatt, are not eligible to submit DNA samples they may still participate by encouraging their Piatt fathers, brothers, or male cousins to participate. It's even possible to "sponsor" a participant who is less interested in research but willing to submit a DNA sample.

Collecting a sample is easy. It requires two swabs from the inside of the cheeks 
taken 8 hours apart. No hair or blood is required for this sample. Payment can 
be made to the company by check when the sample is returned.

If you want to join our study you may notify Laverne to send you a "join code" which will enable you to order the sampling kit yourself. Or you may ask that she, as project coordinator, have a kit sent to you. If you choose to have her direct a kit to you or another participant she would need the following information:

name of participant
mailing address of participant
phone number of participant
e-mail address of participant

The last two are for contact purposes only. If you are sponsoring someone else you may want to supply your own phone and e-mail for notification of results. If you don't want to do that Laverne has offered her phone and e-mail to be the ones of record.

Privacy should not be a concern. Results will be posted to the company website by a code number. Any sharing of results publicly can be identified as "the representative of the line of Jacob Piatt (III) and Elizabeth Dunham" for instance rather than by the participant's name.

Questions can be directed to Laverne at: lapiatt@att.net

Please consider helping us make this surname study representative of all the Piatt, etc lines. 

 Review and information regarding the Piatt DNA study, written by Marianne C. Pyeatt

Helpful links for more info on DNA... 
  • Sheffield Family DNA project:   http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/Shuffield-001.htm
  • DNA From the Beginning.  Basic DNA information.  http://www.dnaftb.org/dnaftb/
  • Ancestry.com - Genetic Codes Unraveled: New Clues to Human History: http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/ancmag/1480.asp
  • Ancestry.com - Solving the Mystery: DNA Tests for Your Research: http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/ancmag/2985.asp
  • DNA & the Family Historian:   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~allpoms/genetics.html
  • The DNA Detective:   http://www.savin.org/dna/
  • GENEALOGY-DNA Mailing List:   http://www.rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail_general.html#GENEALOGY-DNA
  • Molecular Genealogy/Brigham Young University:   http://molecular-genealogy.byu.edu/
  • Molecular Genealogy - Is DNA the Answer to Lost Family Records?: http://genealogy.about.com/library/weekly/aa102400a.htm?once=true&
  • National Genealogical Society - Family Health and Heredity Committee: https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/comfamhealth.cfm
  • Teasing Family History from a Few Drops of Blood:   http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2001/03/03/national1301EST0515.DTL
  • U.S. News: Genetics advances shed light on early humans' wanderings: click here as url is long.

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