Like the Marines, I am looking for a few good men. However, my requirements are stricter than those of the Marine Corps. I only want men named Eastman.
My purpose is twofold. First, I'd like to start an Eastman DNA study. While a high percentage of Americans of that name are descended from Roger Eastman, who arrived in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1638, there are also plenty of exceptions. In fact, there have been many other immigrants of the name from a number of different countries after 1850. Many more Eastman males arrived in eastern Canada and now have descendants all over North America. A DNA study should, for the first time, identify these different groups accurately and determine whether or not there are any relationships amongst them.
In this case, we will be using Y-chromosome DNA, which is only passed from father to son. That explains why the test is limited only to men of that name. If you are a woman but your father, brother, uncle, male cousin or co-worker is named Eastman, please pass this information along.
Second, I'd like to write an article some day in the future about the experiences of a "typical surname DNA study." To do so, I obviously need some real experience. This DNA study should provide that background information.
Look for an article in a year or two, assuming I can find enough Eastman descendants to take part in the DNA study.
Eastman males are invited to contact me at email@example.com. I'll set up some sort of a private mailing list for those who wish to participate. Your privacy will be protected.