1st - I am having my Y-DNA tested by Family Tree DNA to see if the DAWES family came from Germany. Apparently, the name started as DOSS and was anglicized to DAWES. There is a DOSS/DAWES project on FTDNA so I should be able to see which migration pattern our family followed. Now, I just watch the mail for my kit to arrive so stay tuned.
2nd - I am writing a book on Saturation Analysis for Genealogy. This is where you identify all possible sources of records for surnames in a geographic location. I am using DAWES and all its permutations in Sussex, England for my test study. I am creating as many husband and wife groups as I can from the Parish Registers, General Register Office indexes, census returns, poor law records and many more. Each family group is given a unique number and entered into a spreadsheet. When I have finished recording all families that I can find I am going to enter them into a genealogy program and start linking the families together. I am hoping that when I have finished I will have a detailed map of where the DAWES' lived in Sussex and then I'll follow the migration patterns into the adjacent counties.