Surname DNA Project
Radcliff; Radcliffe; Ratcliff; Ratliff and Variations
DNA testing is now establishing itself as the third, and newest, core source in the field of family history, supplementing knowledge gained from oral and documentary records. While the convergence of genetics & genealogy into a new science called 'genetic genealogy' is some way off, DNA tests by one-name groups in the UK and the USA are already revealing valuable and challenging results.
In the 2002 two Radcliffe men provided the first DNA samples for the Radcliff/ Radcliffe/Ratcliff/Ratcliffe/Ratliff DNA Project. Since that time, dozens of matches have occurred, proving the long-held belief that several of these men descend from a common ancestor. For some Radcliff/Radcliffe/Ratcliff/Ratcliffe/Ratliff lines, this validated research which was supported by solid documentation. For other lines, it provided the much-needed scientific proof of a common ancestor which cannot otherwise be proven due to the lack of extant paper records.
If you descend from any Radcliff/Radcliffe/Ratcliff/Ratcliffe/Ratliff line, or think you might or wish you did, participating in this DNA project could help your research considerably and provide some much-needed proof and direction for further research.