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We are making progress, but we still do not have the critical mass necessary for any sweeping conclusions to be made. For this to happen we need representation from as many different Morley family groups as possible!

If your Morley lineage is sparsely represented in this project -- or is one of the lineages mentioned in our Most-wanted list -- please consider participating. Those ineligible to participate as test subjects (i.e., those who are not male Morleys) can still contribute greatly to this project, by (i) helping to locate eligible participants from their Morley lineage, (ii) contributing information to the Morley distribution map and the family group overview pages and (iii) helping to fund these tests.

Free testing available!

In order to widen the geographical coverage of this project, the Morley Y-DNA Project is offering four free 12-marker Y-DNA tests. We seek male Morleys to represent the following regions:

  • Lincolnshire (with preference to the Bottesford/Scunthorpe area)
  • Norfolk/Suffolk
  • Lancashire
  • West Yorkshire

One free test per region of origin. Test subjects do not have to live in one of these regions.

Approximate value: 35 GBP (49 USD + one-way shipping) each

Shipping: shipping to the test subject is covered. The test subject is responsible for shipping the kit back to the lab (< 5 GBP).

To be eligible for this offer, you must:

  • be male;
  • possess the Morley surname (by birth);
  • provide a reasonably well-documented Morley lineage, rooted in one of these four regions and dating back to 1837 or earlier. The earlier, the better.

Interested in a Morley line from one of these areas, but aren't a male Morley? Why not recruit one of your male Morley relatives?

12-marker Y-DNA testing, although basic by today's standards, is often sufficient for grouping people with the same surname. A significant mismatch at the 12-marker level will rule out a connection. Further testing is often needed to confirm a connection between Morleys matching at the 12-marker level. Think of this initiative as a preliminary survey. We value breadth over depth.

For further information, see our project FAQ and other links in the left-hand panel.

To apply, please contact the project administrator (Chris Morley). He has the final say in selecting the recipients of these free tests.

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