Our project tests the Y
chromosome, which is passed directly from father to son, unchanged, from
generation to generation.
Unchanged, that is, unless a mutation—a random, naturally occurring,
usually harmless change—occurs. The mutation, known as a marker, acts as a
beacon; it can be mapped through generations because it will be passed down
from the man in whom it occurred to his sons, their sons, and every male in
his family for many thousands of years.
These mutations establish genetic signatures, called
define particular branches within a family tree. The
haplotypes of tested individuals can be used to confirm, or
alter as necessary, the structure of family trees which in
the past had to be based on paper-based historical research,
family tradition and logical inferences that could be drawn
Project Background and Goals. Warren Culpepper and Lew Griffin, the
publishers of Culpepper Connections, launched the Culpepper
Family DNA project in December 2006. Utilizing the leading genealogical-genetic-testing
company, Family Tree DNA, our goals are as follows:
To confirm, or modify, as
appropriate, the structure of the Culpepper
Family Tree, giving Culpepper / Culpeper / Colepeper family members
the most accurate and reliable information possible on their lineage and how they
are related to
others who share their surname.
To secure a sufficient
number of project members to confirm our ancestral theories on every
major branch of the family headed by a Culpepper born at least 200 years
To protect the privacy of
each and every DNA project member. The test results and identities of
project members are shown only on password protected web pages, and only
if they have granted permission for their names and results to be
revealed to others who are close matches. Also please
note that the Genetic Information
Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) bans employers and insurance
companies from denying employment, promotions, or healthcare coverage to
people based upon the results of genetic tests.
Why You Should Join. Have you and your family enjoyed the family
stories, old photographs, genealogies, and historical presentations at
Culpepper Connections? If so, then
joining the Culpepper DNA project will help us to improve the accuracy
and usefulness of the Culpepper family tree and website for you and your
family. It is a way to leave a lasting legacy to Culpepper family
history, and to say thank you to the many researchers who have
contributed to its content.
Qualifications for Free Testing. Free Y-DNA tests
are currently available with the following qualifications.
You must be a
Culpepper, Culpeper, or Colepeper who is in the
Culpepper Family Tree and not have a known non-Culpepper in your paternal line. If you are female, you
need to find a male Culpepper relative (father,
brother, nephew, uncle or cousin) to take the test. If you are a
Culpepper male who is not in the family tree, then give us your
family information so we can add you.
There must not be a
descendant of your branch of the family who has already been tested
in our project. However, if a close relative was tested and did not
match other Culpeppers, then you can still qualify.
To see if we are
interested in testing your branch, find your individual page in the
family tree and then start working backwards to your father,
grandfather, etc. Look for a direct ancestor born between 1740 and
1890 with a note near the top of his page that says "DNA Testing
If free testing is not
available for your line, but you are a male Culpepper, then you are
eligible to join our project and pay for the testing yourself ($153 for
a 37-marker test or $242 for 67 markers.)
When you join the project, a small packet will be sent to you by the
testing lab. You swab
the inside of your cheeks a few times, put the swab in a tiny tube they
supply, drop it in the pre-paid return envelope, and you're
Currently, we test most new project members on 37 Y-DNA
markers. The initial results are usually available in six weeks. Then,
we may elect to test additional markers at no charge to you and with no
additional DNA sample being required, if:
You are a close match
to one or more of our other project members, and
We need to identify more precisely the exact DNA
signature of your branch, and
We have sufficient funds available.
Thus far, the DNA tests have confirmed that over 90% of those in
our project are members of one of the main lines of Culpeppers. In the process, the subtle details of their Y-DNA
test have improved the accuracy of the
Culpepper family tree and our knowledge of how we are related to each
other. For more information, see our
detailed description of our project's results to date, including the
branches identified: Project
How to Join. Send to
Warren Culpepper (email@example.com) a message
A request to be a free
participant in the project.
A promise to submit a
DNA sample within no more than 7 days of receiving the sample kit.
Your full name and ID# in our
family tree, or
If you are not in the family tree, provide the full name and ID# of
your nearest direct male Culpepper ancestor in the tree, and explain
your descent from that person.
Your mailing address.
Your phone number.
verification of your eligibility, we will have a pre-paid test kit sent to you.
Ancient Ancestral Journey. To learn about the 60,000 year
history and migration of our Culpepper ancestors from Africa to the
Middle East to the Balkans to Europe, go to Culpepper Ancient Ancestral Journey.
Donations. If you would like to contribute financially, making it
possible for more Culpeppers to join, go to
Donate to the
Culpepper General Fund for DNA Testing.
Y-DNA Glossary of Terms.
For a better understanding of DNA terminology, see
Y-DNA Mutation Rates
Frequently Asked Questions.
To put your mind at ease about such questions as: (1)
Could my test results be used against me in some way, or (2)
Could my DNA results reveal any medical conditions?... see
Frequently Asked Questions
Culpepper Project Questions.
Address specific questions about the Culpepper Family DNA project to its Project
Administrator: Warren Culpepper
29 Dec 2011