Human yDNA Prehistoric Migratory Path across the Globe

Darvin L Martin

scientist, historian, author and lecturer

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Established the DNA Pilot Project in October 2010, through the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society


Chairman of the Lancaster Family History Conference since 2004.


Conducted numerous historical tours and guest lectures on a variety of historical and scientific topics since 1997.


Completed eight volumes of the Let These Stones Speak series of tombstone photograph CDs



Written multiple articles involving historical and genealogical research for a variety of publications since 1994.


Board member of the GAMEO project since 2009.


Board member of Grave Concern since 2005.








With nearly fifteen years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and a long-standing thirty-year passion for history, Darvin L Martin has combined these divergent pursuits into a unified whole. The interplay between science and history has been his unbridled ambition since childhood.  “I was especially intrigued by my unique family history and the stories from my local community, both of which were severely under-documented and largely overlooked in textbooks or in school.” 


Martin’s interest in science and history are acutely related.  Both find their sustenance through meticulous details and both seek out truth within the world. History without science caters to the shallow rhetoric of superstition, while science without the flesh of history either hardens into inevitable determinism or drowns in endless abstraction.  However, when combined each becomes a powerful basis for practicality within our world to promote creativity and ingenuity.


Martin began to construct his own family tree by the age of ten, and at that time could not have even dreamed about the future ways science would enable anyone to connect to anyone else within a world family tree. History, particularly local history not found in common textbooks, became a passionate pursuit as Martin delved deeper into the nuances of who his ancestors were culturally and spiritually.   Martin has degrees in agriculture (from Eastern Mennonite University) and analytical chemistry (from Millersville University) and embarked on a career in chemistry, eventually leading him to the Swiss homeland of his ancestors.  Today he works as a regional sales manager for Sotax, a Swiss company that specializes in manufacturing analytical testing equipment for pharmaceutical products. 


Martin began to embrace the idea of using DNA to trace family history while reading Brian Sykes' book, The Seven Daughters of Eve, in 2002.  Eventually the time would appear when anyone could quickly, with little cost, find a genetic connection to anyone else on the planet.  That time has now descended upon us as more and more people have decided to look within their own bodies to expand their genealogies beyond the standard paper trail.  Martin initiated a DNA pilot project through the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society in October 2010.  At this point the project has tested over 120 individuals and is providing the basis for specifically constructing family lineages from before the time of surnames.



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