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Author: Dr John S Plant (bio)
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Some topics of possible interest to newcomers:-

Joining in with the Plant surname group

You can browse discussions in the Plant Surname group on Facebook, and optionally get involved or not, by clicking here.

Joining the DNA project

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Further volunteers are sought to take the Y-DNA test, which can provide evidence beyond that possible from documentary records alone. Those Plants whom you match closest will be your closest Plant cousins.

To join the Plant Y-DNA testing project:-

simply click here to fill in an on-line form to request a testing kit.

The kit will be posted to you along with simple instructions about how to return your cheek swab to the testing laboratory. We are always happy to help with any advice, at any stage, at any time.

A simple Y-DNA12 test could suffice, though it might be more advantageous in the longer term to extend your test, such as to the Y-DNA37 level. Usually, that will provide you with a more distinct Y-DNA signature and identify your own particular Plant family branch. There might be a cheaper or better alternative however. One simple way to proceed is to start with a Y-DNA12 test and then ask us for any further advice, specific to your own particular case.

Once you have your results, you have them for ever and they can continue to enlighten you about your genetic descent amongst those with the Plant (or similar) surname; their value will likely keep increasing as more Plants come forward to take the test.

Please feel free to ask me (JSP) for advice at any time. You can bypass me if you prefer by simply clicking here to order the test directly from the testing laboratory. Or, you can click here instead, for details about how to contact me at any stage. I am Dr John S Plant, both the Web Site author and the Y-DNA project coordinator. If you prefer to contact someone else, there are other contacts such as Prof Richard Plant, the deputy coordinator of our DNA project.

Clicking directly to the on-line form will put you in touch with the most popular laboratory for obtaining your Y-DNA results; they have a reputation for reliability and have largely cornered the market. They will send you simple instructions with a testing kit; then you return your cheek swab to the testing laboratory. The laboratory will keep you informed about the progress of your results; and, when your results are ready, you will be able to see how they relate to those of others. Feel free to ontact me or Richard at any time for any help required, such as to explain the procedure or the significance of the results.

General findings so far: the Y-DNA results for the Plant project indicate that the Plants are mostly a single family and the name of the main family appears to have grown early near the Black Prince's vaccary on the Cheshire-Staffordshire border in the NW Midlands of England. There are however other earlier instances of the name elsewhere, such as near Bolingbroke Castle in south Lincolnshire. These have evidently led to some smaller Plant families with markedly different Y-DNA signatures. The main English Plant family is abnormally large, with many Plants nearly Y-DNA matching one another - for these, the detailed DNA differences can reveal to which Plant family branch an individual belongs and accordingly indicate your matching Plant cousins in both early and more recent generations.

Resulting publications: I initially published formal accounts of the prelimary results in academic papers from 2005 for the surnames Plant and Plantagenet. See here for a more uptodate list of publications. However, the project is intended as an aid to your own personal family history research, as well as to help with more general progress in understanding the development of the Plant surname branches.

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