Merrill DNA Project Administrators:
- all administrators:
Please use the address above for most purposes. Email sent to this address will be shared only among the administrators in this list.
- David Merrell:
David Merrell (me) - I retired from the U.S. Border Patrol and what is now known as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) back in 2001. I began researching my own family history in that year, which was, at first, based upon a three page, fold-out pedigree my paternal grandmother had left to me. I was her oldest grandson. Family history meant the world to her, but it bothered her that she did not have the means to learn more about our ancestors. One of the last times I saw her before she passed she made it clear that she hoped I'd one day be able to do what she wasn't able to do. It was important to her and, now that I've 'come of age', I better understand what she must have felt at that time. I sometimes tell the 'younger' generation that we do our ancestors honor by trying to learn more about them, their lives and times. And I believe that is partly why many of us take up this quest.
Dr. Deane Merrill - previously a high-energy nuclear physicist, epidemiologist, and B&B owner. In his "retirement" he continues to teach physics and design web sites for clients. Deane is the architect and administrator of the Web site you are reading now. His personal Web site is: http://dwmerrill.com/.
Dr. Gary Merrill - biologist - Gary is our 'go-to' guy for explaining the complexities of DNA testing and results. He was the first to make note of unique mutations that go beyond separating us into our unique family groups, identifying mutations showing what branch one belongs to within a family, for example. Gary designed and continues to maintain the DNA Project Results file that is the centerpiece of this Web site.
Howard and Jean Merrill:
Dr. Howard Merrill and his wife, Jean - both retired chemists - they have been doing paper-trail genealogy for many years and have traveled extensively. Howard and Jean have been the 'go-to' guys for all things Merrill and Merrell for more years than any of us can remember. Without them, we'd still be back at square one. In their own words (below), they describe the database they have developed.
For thirty years we have been trying to database the Merrill/Merrell family nationwide from the original immigrants down to the present day for all immigrant lines. So far we have info on over 60,000 Merrill males plus their wives and daughters in our database, but we estimate there have been well over 100,000 so we have a long way to go, and need and appreciate all the help we can get, particularly with the later generations. We use this database strictly to try and help folks trace their Merrill roots. Be assured that no info on living individuals will become internet accessible from us.
While our database is not internet searchable, we will be glad to search it for anybody and share what we find at no cost. All we ask is that folks share their Merrill data with us so that we can expand our database and do a better job of helping solve Merrill lineage problems. We also use our database to determine the ancestry of subjects in the DNA Project Results file.