DNA testing is a lot of science to learn in a short period of time,
but it gets easier each time I dig in. It also gets more interesting as more
information resources appear and people create discussion forums
that provide answers to questions and links to published information.
I find the Internet forums and mailing list a tremendous resource that supports learning
experienced and new people to the science can mix
to discuss findings and share
With the databases already available, it doesn't take long to discover possible connections because the
growing searchable databases. With forums and
searchable databases, groups of people are beginning to surface that
show we share a common ancestor within a reasonable genetic distance.
That possibility is keeping the effort interesting.
Surnames don't seem to be reliable enough to use as connection
identifiers when the lineage grows back to a time much before 1700
period. This seems especially true in America where most of the people
were not part of the gentry or nobility classes.
Articles on the history of Surnames discovered while doing genetic
searches provided a good
understanding of why surnames have so many spelling variations
and how people had names assigned.
DNA testing results
have produced matches to people who show Ireland as
their ancestor's home. There are also markers within our data that
indicate England and Scotland were probably countries where
their ancestors lived in an earlier time.
our matches, individuals with reasonable genetic distance matches to
other people show there are clusters in the areas around the Irish
counties of Tipperary,
In those same matches, the surnames associated with these people are
table of names, Dorcy, from the Townland of Lisquilabeen,
Tipperary, Ireland, is only 1 marker away from being a perfect match
on the first 25-markers. More test are needed by Dorcy to make the
connection more promising. All the other names in the table
match within a genetic distance of -3 to -4 when 32 or more markers