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From: "Ian Logan" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] DNA testing in the UK - The Celtic Myth
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 15:11:33 +0100
John & List
I am the administrator for a small Y-DNA study for the surname 'BROOKING'.
This family originated in Devon & Cornwall. (the same area as for John's posting).
So far I have not found it a problem to get subjects for our DNA studies
- we have a small and tight-knit One-Name Family History Society.
However, the study has produced both advantages and disadvantages.
On the positive side we have shown that the greater part of the persons named,
BROOKING, BROOKINGS, BROOKIN, BROOKINS, and BROOKENS,
belong to a single mid-Devon lineage - which is quite distinctive at the 37 marker
level. We feel this lineage is Anglo-Saxon in origin - fitting in with emigration from
a Germanic area well over 1,000 years ago.
This lineage includes all the American descendants, from William Brooking,
of Virginia, who died in 1703. But whereas we have not been able to produce
a paper-link back to Devon for William, we now have a very solid Y-DNA link
to the area.
However, there are definite disadvantages to Y-DNA testing in a Society in that
there are 'outliers' - persons who find they do not have a Y-DNA origin in the
main part of the family.
These people have a variety of haplotypes - and for the most part they have
very few matches on the Y-DNA databases. So not only are they stranded
outside the main 'Brooking' family, they are on their own in the World.
Overall, therefore, it is very difficult to say to someone in the UK that they will
definitely learn things to their advantage when having Y-DNA testing, as
there is a significant risk of learning that they might not match against anybody.
I suggest that the future for Y-DNA is through One-Name Societies - but
real care does have to be taken to understand the implications of results.
The Brooking Society results are to be found on www.brookingsociety.org.uk
The UK government would have everyone DNA tested if it could, so there
are no barriers to DNA testing for genealogy in the UK of which I am
In my part of the UK, Devonshire and Cornwall, there is a great
resistance to DNA testing for genealogy because there is a fear that it
might reveal family secrets that are best left buried, but more
significantly for this area, DNA testing would destroy the Celtic myth
that has been built up for many years for political purpose. Rather
than being descended from fearsome warriors, it would become evident
that the so called Celtic areas of the UK were more likely descended
from Spanish waiters from Barcelona!
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