Since you are a Phillips by birth, do you have any Phillips brothers, uncles or male cousins who might be willing to join a DNA project? Here is a link to the project: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/PhillipsWorldwide
. If you click on "Y Results" at the top of the page, it will take you to a DNA chart that shows the results of all the participants thus far. The project has attracted 109 participants and 16 unrelated families of Phillips have been identified. In addition, there are more than 30 participants who do not match any other Phillips in the project.
DNA testing for genealogical purposes has become very popular in the last five years, and about half a dozen companies have sprung up offering DNA testing at relatively affordable prices to the general public. The main emphasis has been on surname projects. Men who share the same last name or some variation of it are recruited to take a DNA test, and then results are compared to discover which of them are related within a genealogical time frame, which generally means within the past 600 years. In Europe, permanent surnames only came into general use by 1400 AD. By joining a surname DNA project, people interested in family history with matching DNA can compare notes and make connections, perhaps enabling them to trace back several generations further than they could without DNA comparisons. Also, DNA analysis can reveal the general region where the ancestor of the participant originated; ie, Scandinavia, central Europe, the Mediterranean, the British Isles and Western European seaboard, etc.
The DNA test is painless and only requires swabbing the inside of the cheek with a special scraper. The lab mails a kit to the participant and then the participant mails the kit back to the lab. The kit is assigned a number and the name of the participant is never published, thereby assuring privacy and confidentiality. Only men can be tested effectively in surname DNA projects for two reasons: 1) the DNA markers studied are located on the Y chromosome which is only found in men and 2) traditionally, women do not retain the same surname from generation to generation. However, women who are interested in family history can still participate by recruiting fathers, brothers, uncles or male cousins to take the DNA test.
The administrator of the Phillips Worldwide DNA project is named Harry Shannon Phillips and his email address is PHILLIPSDNAPROJ@AOL.COM
in case you would like to contact him directly. He goes by his middle name Shannon. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or Shannon. By the way, all of us involved with the Phillips Worldwide DNA project are volunteers and none of us get paid to promote the project. We are just interested in sorting out the different Phillips families who immigrated to the New World and hopefully jumping the ocean back to Europe to discover our roots.
Hope you can join!