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A Little Success Story

The Little family of southeastern Georgia had a long tradition of having roots in Scotland, though traditional genealogical records were unable to prove the case.

David Patterson Little had spent years researching his Little family of Burke and Jefferson County Georgia. Traditional records show his first Littles arrived in America about 1770.

However, due to a common set of given names in the family (William, Thomas, Nancy, and Eleanor), it was difficult to trace his Littles back before their arrival in Georgia.

David Little submitted a sample and genealogy to the SMGF project, and his record became part of the Sorenson Y-Chromosome Database.

Several years later, another Little was tested by one of the commercial testing companies. He searched the Sorenson database using his DNA marker values, and found a close match with an "SMGF Little."

The second Little then posted a message in the Little DNA Forum on Ancestry.com and asked for the Little in the SMGF database with ancestors in Georgia to contact him.

David Little saw the note on the message board, and contacted the matching Little. David and other Littles have since been in contact and have compared notes about their respective family trees.

They have now been able to push their respective ancestries back to the Borders region of Scotland. David's line of Littles are featured on the Little DNA Project page at www.littledna.com.

"In every conceivable manner, the family is a link to our past, a bridge to our future."

Alex Haley
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