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Knotted Strands: The Misattributed Heirloom

The one thing you learn in doing genealogy is that just like the old children’s game of telephone things get a bit muddled when passed from child to child or generation to generation. As I have written elsewhere there is usually some truth in the stories and legends passed down through families, even if they […]

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Genealogy & Greed Don’t Mix

The genesis of this post goes way back to my early days in genealogy. Back in the days of Everton’s Genealogical Helper, a publication full of personal ads for genealogists looking to contact others with the hopes of making a genealogical connection and sharing information. Back then information exchange took time. We mailed off letters […]

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Serendipity in Scaling Brick Walls

Perhaps you are thinking that it is hard work that brings down brick walls. Or perhaps time at the game, diligence, persistence or any number of worthy attributes. I have to say in my experience two things have helped the most—and they are a bit of a surprise to me—and maybe to you as well. […]

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Nice Y Haplogroup Map of Eurasia for all our Groups

Just a recap of our Y groups within our project which are all R1b (M269 except group E and F which are I2. See below. This is a very nice map via Wikipedia:  “Haplogroups europe” by Selbst Wrstellt Robertius / Robert Gabel -Licensed under Public Domain via Commons. Group A: R1b M269 Likely R-L21* Group […]

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Two branches of a family reunited after decades apart

Kelly suggested I relate the story of how I and my cousins found each other through this project. So here goes. Pictured at right is John Wheaton, who was born in Cape May County, NJ, in 1818 and died in Warren, RI, in 1897. He is our common great-grandfather, so we are second cousins. To […]

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The Power of Place: In and Around Stogursey where past and present meet…

“Like those of other living things, our structure, development, and behavior rise from a genetic foundation sunk in an environmental context.” p.16 ‘The Power of Place’ by Winifred Gallagher 1993 (note before the advent of consumer DNA testing) It has been some time since I promised to expand upon my trip to England in April […]

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Newest Findings: Four and half years later

There is so much that has happened in the last month, but in this post I will cut to the chase. Although this specifically addresses Group B it shows what is possible with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) of the Y chromosome for all of our groups. (Both Group B and Group C have NGS testing!) A […]

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A few results for Group B

UPDATES Adam tested negative for FGC22526 & FGC22529. This either means that these SNPS occurred downstream of a common ancestor of Michael and Adam or that Adam is not of Obadiah branch. For instance if these mutations occurred in Joseph 4 of Obadiah 3, 2, Robert 1 and the common ancestor was Obadiah 3, 2, […]

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Another Map: Wheaton Weedon Distribution

This map by Howard Mathieson includes a little wider swath and Weedon variations.

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WHEATON distribution in Southwest England and Wales

WHEATON SURNAME VARIANT MAP This map was recently generated for me and it shows WHEATON, WHEADON and WHEDDON derivations in England in 1881 census. You can see thatWHEATON is more highly represented overall thanWHEADON and there is some overlap. WhereasWHEDDON appears in locations widely spread with theclear cut highest portion near Bridgewater, Somerset. Across the […]

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