The Pike DNA Project aims to take advantage of genealogical DNA tests to help pursue Pike family history research. By determining the genetic signature of each Pike family line, it is possible to tell which family lines are related and which are not. The project includes all variants of the Pike surname, including Pyke and others.
Based on DNA results from 226 project members from around the world, we have so far discovered that there are over 50 distinct Pike families (at least 25 in the British Isles alone), each with its own genetic profile. To see if your family line is already represented, you can consult the links to paternal pedigrees found on the "Participants & Pedigrees" page, look at this map of the British Isles that shows the earliest known geographical origins of several Pike families in our project, or send an email inquiry to the project's two volunteer coordinators David Pike and Stuart Pike.
To find out how you can become involved, please review the "How to Join" and "FAQ" pages. Details about the results of the genetic tests and how they have helped to group families together can be found on the "Test Results" page.
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You can also view an interview that David did in June 2010 for a local TV show about Pike family history and the Pike DNA Project. A smaller low-resolution version of this video clip is also available.
How You Can Help
We are always in need of more participants so that we can build a more complete genetic census of Pike family lines. Spreading word about this project to Pike family members that you are in touch with would be much appreciated.
Even better is to actually get more Pikes to join the project and have their DNA tested, especially if they are in families that are not yet involved. This is particularly important in cases where the family is on the verge of "daughtering out" or otherwise having its direct male line go extinct (the portion of DNA we are using is only found in Pike men, so if all the Pike men in a family pass away without having sons, then there is no way for us to later determine the family's genetic signature). We are also especially keen to engage with more Pikes in the British Isles, as there are many Pike lines there that remain unrepresented. Click here for instructions on how to join the project.
You can also support our project by donating to our Sponsorship Fund, which we use to help subsidise DNA tests for qualifying newcomers to our project. Even small amounts help.
You can reach the project's volunteer coordinators by email as follows:
David A. Pike Department of Mathematics and Statistics Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John's, Newfoundland Canada. A1C 5S7while Stuart can be reached at:
Stu Pike 411 Walnut St #6835 Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043-3443 USA
We are members of the
International Society of Genetic Genealogy:
Moreover, David is a member of the
Guild of One-Name Studies: