Thank you to everyone who entered the DNA competition to celebrate the launch of the Oxfordshire surname project. We had 74 valid entries and a fantastic shortlist of 27, which made judging the competition a real challenge, despite having a thorough analysis template which evaluated many key factors and rated the entries scientifically.
Our congratulations go to the following six men who have won a Y-67 test in the competition: Peter Bartlett, Joe Bleay, Stan Bloxham, Roger Millin, Graham Orpwood and Chris Shayler.
As there were so many high quality entries with some fantastic Oxfordshire surnames, OFHS, Sue Honore and Richard Merry clubbed together to sponsor a discount on Y-DNA tests for 6 other men randomly drawn from the remaining shortlisted candidates. The winners of the discounts are: Andy Beesley, Warwick Cox, Kerry Drinkwater, Bill Joyner, John Tredwell and Gary Wiggins.
Our winners come from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US, so the competition had clear international appeal and participation.
All competition entrants are in the process of being contacted personally.
More detailed updates on the DNA and surname projects will appear on the OFHS website www.ofhs.org.uk and in the OFHS journal over time.
We would like to encourage all those who did not win a prize or who have not considered DNA testing, especially males with a long Oxfordshire history on their surname line, to go ahead and have a DNA test. It will help the Oxfordshire research projects enormously. Further information on the Oxfordshire DNA project can be obtained from emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, thank you to all entrants and congratulations to the winners.
Richard Merry & Sue Honore
Co-administrators of Oxfordshire DNA Project
& Oxfordshire Surname Project