FREE GENEALOGICAL DNA TESTS FOR BROWNS AND BROUNS OF SCOTS HERITAGE
The Brown DNA Study is pleased to offer at least 20 free genealogical DNA tests for men born in Scotland and Ulster. The tests are open to Scots and Ulster Scots males who carry the "Brown" surname or a recognized variant like Broun, Brun or Browne, and whose earliest known Brown/Broun/Browne ancestors also were born in Scotland or Ulster. The program will began at the international “Gathering of Clans” in Edinburgh in the Summer of 2009, and has now financed seven tests.
All funds for this testing have been contributed by members of the Brown DNA Study. Most of these donors are Scots’ descendants, and they hope DNA matching will help to locate their “long-lost” Brown/Broun/Browne cousins in the UK and Ireland. Our fondest desire, moreover, is that matches discovered via this program eventually will help pinpoint the places in Scotland where our own Brown/Broun/Browne ancestors lived centuries ago.
Applicants for the free tests are asked to supply information on their earliest known Brown/Broun/Browne ancestors. If you apply, you also should be willing for the Brown DNA Study to display this genealogical information along with your DNA marker values at the Study’s website. Names and addresses of applicants will not be posted, however, for any test participants who request confidentiality.
Acceptance into this testing program cannot be guaranteed to all applicants. The Brown DNA Study reserves sole discretion to turn down applications where sufficient information isn’t submitted, or where the applicant appears not to meet our basic qualifications. In the event more than 20 applications are received, the project may judge on competitive grounds which applicants are best qualified for testing.
If you would like to apply now for your own free test, or for a free test by one of your Brown-surnamed male relatives, please send us (1) the full name of the man to be tested including middle name (if any); (2) his place of birth in Scotland or Ulster; and (3) for his earliest proven Brown/Broun/Browne male ancestor, at least the ancestor's name, place of birth and date of birth. Other information on the earliest proven Brown ancestor also will be welcome, although it's not required. You may email your application to DNAforBrowns@aol.com.
Or if you're not ready to apply and simply have questions, please contact us at the address just given.
Finally, if you'd like to contribute funds to this effort, you may click here:
When this page opens, click "B" at the drop-down menu at the left, then scroll to "Brown" at the drop-down menu on the right. And you may designate your contribution as for "Scots testing" or "unrestricted" -- or you may use any other designation that you prefer.
In any event, we hope to make your acquaintance!
Yours for the Brown DNA Study,
Jim Brown (James Armistead Brown, Jr.)
Volunteer Project Administrator