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Subject: Re: [DNA] Early American research (was Steve Olson gets his Y done)
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 20:46:30 EDT
I'm sorry to be late with my reply. Workmen cut the telephone line to my
house and I didn't get internet service again until this afternoon.
FTDNA's website says that a 61/ or 62/67 match indicates a relationship "not
very recent, but your mismatch is likely within the range of most well
established surname lineages in Western Europe."
I take this to mean before c 1500-1600, since as a general rule, the
lineages of most commoners in England cannot be traced back beyond that point.
I've traced quite a few of them back to this period, however, using Parish
records, vestry books, and manorial records. In one case the earliest ancestor
was almost surely born before 1500. Where a family is armigerous, one might
find an heraldic chart which carries the line back a bit further--I have one
family where the first ancestor was probably born during the War of the Roses.
There are three families which can be traced back before the Norman
Conquest, and even a couple of cases where a serf's line can be traced through
manorial records well into the mediaeval period, Lord Nuffield's family (Morris of
Oxfordshire), being one of them, but these are well outside the normal range.
I don't know what kind of mismatch you should expect at 300 years; there may
be considerable variation, particularly in a haplogroup which is large and
diverse. Perhaps some other member of the List would be better able to
answer this question.
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