Members of the Mock Family Historian (MFH) have been involved with family Y-DNA testing since it first became available to the masses. The group has had over 64 Y-DNA samples submitted for analysis. At the time of submission, each sample was provided by a family who had no known links to the other families who had provided samples.
The project coordinator since the beginning has been Doug Mauck. Doug maintains the MFH web pages that show the Y-DNA test result comparison charts of all sample that have been submitted. Including an overview of how the project works. Doug has the knowledge to assist others by explaining how Y-DNA matching works and what the results mean.
Be forewarned, trying to understand the technical aspects of the chart takes time and effort. At first glance it looks more complicated than the Greek language.
For the purpose of genealogy, I don't think it's necessary to learn the technical side of genetics and interpreting what the test results mean. The basics as indicated by Doug are sufficient for understanding which gene pool your Y-DNA points too. More in the next section.
Unlike the DNA samples used in a court of law, or to establish parentage, the DNA testing for genealogy is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt and unto a moral certainty. More than anything else, it's an investigative lead. The Mock, Mauk, Mauck families of Northern Virginia are an excellent example, and the purpose for even mentioning Y-DNA testing on this website.
The focus of this MFH project, and this web page, is Y-DNA tests only. The other DNA tests available do not assist genealogists in pinpointing their ancestors like Y-DNA does. If you'd like to learn more about the other tests, click on this link to find the details.
The Y-DNA test, until technology offers something better, is the standard for tracing gene pools. So, of what value is it, if it will not prove ancestry beyond a doubt?
As an example, this will refer to my situation, which is not unlike other genealogists. I have not been able to identify the parents of my Joseph Mauck (b. abt 1822 in VA). I have provided a Y-DNA sample for Joseph's descendants, so no one else who has descended from Joseph and knows it, need submit a sample. One thing I want to know is, of the 7 or 8 families that could be his parents line, which ones should I be researching to find the evidence, as opposed to all 7 or 8? Only 1 of those 7 or 8 comes close to my Y-DNA sample. The time and money that saves me is well worth having paid for the Y-DNA testing.
The other thing I want to know is, is my Y-DNA a match for any other loose ends? For example, there are 4 or 5 people who may have been brothers of my Joseph Mauck. Like me with Joseph, the descendants of these families have not been able to locate the parents of their ancestor that was around at the same time and in the same area as Joseph. If I can locate someone from these lines that is willing to submit a sample, the question will get a definite answer.
Every generation dozens of genealogy researchers reinvent the wheel by researching the same records and the same people, over and over. With the widespread use of computers and the internet, sharing information has become relatively simple. The problem is the high percentage of well meaning genealogists who do not take the time to verify the information they get from others is accurate.
The answer to the problem is an organized effort, which is what the MFH has been. Y-DNA has become a means by which to organize genealogists to focus on one or two possible ancestral connections, as opposed to 7 or 8, or sometimes more. If I can locate others whose Y-DNA matches mine, chances are good I'm going to be getting some help in trying to locate the ancestor we both seek. The combination of organization, coordination, and focusing what limited time and resources we have on the RIGHT gene pool, has a lot of potential for progress. As opposed to re-inventing the wheel dozens of times every generation, and getting nowhere
I am looking for descendants of the oldest known Mock, Mauck, Mauk families of Northern Virginia who have not had someone submit a Y-DNA sample yet. Each of the oldest known Mock, Mauck, Mauks we have not been able to locate a sample for are identified on the page listing the Mock, Mauck, Mauk Families of the Shenandoah Valley. What we need is a living male descendant who has carried on the line's Mock, Mauck, Mauk surname to submit a Y-DNA sample.
The cost of the test is based on the number of Y-DNA "markers" the test is done for. The more markers tested, the higher the probability of sorting through the massive number of people that have lived on this planet. Complicating the pricing structure is the ability to later increase the numbers initially tested for, to make it "more affordable". For the purpose intended here, the Y-DNA 67 marker test is recommended. The 37 marker test is okay, but does not thin the herd like the 67 marker test does. In the past, tests for 12 or 25 markers were offered. Given the number of people who have now submitted samples from all the various families and gene pools, 12 and 25 markers alone have become inadequate. As the number of people who submit samples increases, the 34 marker test will decrease in value. Any company offering a 12 or 25 marker test is doing so for marketing purposes. When people eventually realize those tests aren't enough, they will need to pay more for what they really wanted in the first place.
The Y-DNA 67 marker test is currently $219. The 34 marker test is currently $139, with an option to increase it to 67 markers at a later date (at a higher cost). Prices can fluctuate with sales promotions and special offers. If you are descended from a Mock, Mauck, Mauk and plan on submitting a Y-DNA sample, I strongly recommend contacting Doug Mauck on his website (above) before you buy in. Occasionally the Mock Family Historian gets a special rate due to the number of samples submitted for our project.
I am not a wealthy person. I live on a retirement pension, month to month. On the other hand, I am a dedicated researcher committed to furthering the research on our ancestors. If I can verify through documentation the person willing to submit the sample is descended from one of these Northern Virginia Mock, Mauck, Mauk families we do not have a Y-DNA sample for yet, financial assistance is available. Up to and including covering the entire cost of the Y-DNA test. Those interested may contact me by clicking here.
A simple sterile cotton mouth swab. Two actually. Rub against the inside of your cheeks, seal them, mail them together.
For the sake of consistency and a reliable standard by which all Mock, Mauck, Mauk, etc Y-DNA test results can be accurately compared against one another, the Mock Family Historian chose Family Tree DNA. This company has proven itself reliable, secure, and dependable. Doug's page with the Mock Family Historian Y-DNA project Overview, explains the background of this company and why they were chosen. Their facilities are at the University of Arizona.
Family Tree DNA has been offering these services since they first became available. Other companies that are reliable have joined the number of companies with DNA testing for genealogy. The competitive pricing this causes benefits us all. But a project of the size and future of the one being done for the Mock, Mauck, Mauk families requires one company be used by all. Tests by other companies may not fit the same standards as those used by Family Tree DNA.
Doug Mauck is the DNA guru, I'm just a messenger boy. His website is brief. Between Doug and the Family Tree DNA website, questions get answered.