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From: Steven Bird <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] British Isles DNA on-going discussion at new blogif interested
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 17:27:56 -0500
I'd like to get your opinion about something. My Bird Y DNA line can be traced to a resident of Hartford, CT who died there in August 1662, Thomas Bird, who had moved there by May 1644, when he shows up in the land records. He was found previously in Ispwich, MA in 1638/9, also in the land records. Because of the nature of the migration to New England prior to 1650 and the extensive associations with other New England families (not to mention the nature of the surname itself) it is a virtual certainty that he came from England to New England. After 150+ years of research by several generations of my relatives, however, we still cannot place Thomas Bird definitely in a particular location in England.
Recently, a distant cousin came to light (7 one step differences out of 67 markers, all at fast movers) with a different surname, Wells. Since with our somewhat oddball haplogroup (E1b1b1a2-V13) and the reasonably "close" match on STRs, we are very sure that there is a common ancestor, probably sometime in the 16th century. His Wells family is definitely from Bedford, Bedfordshire and has been in Bedfordshire since at least the mid-16th century. We have good records for both families since 1639; the Wells records go back to 1550, roughly. This of course suggests a possible NPE in the mid or late 16th c. involving the Bird and Wells families, perhaps even Thomas Bird himself, who would have been born about 1593, roughly, based on his children's birthdates.
Again, we have been unsuccessful in placing Thomas Bird in any particular parish in England because of the plethora of Thomas Birds in that period. It turns out to be a VERY common name in that time frame. My question is, how does one handle this sort of a problem in a geographic project such as the British Isles Project? I have a dozen married lines that can be traced to the region encompassed by Bishops Stortford, Braintree, Essex, and Saffron Walden, plus this odd little genetic link to Bedford, so it is probably safe to place Thomas in the southeast part of England. Still, it must be stated that we do not KNOW where he is from yet and may never know.
What are your thoughts on this problem? How does one handle a haplotype that clearly is British, yet its origins cannot definitely be place geographically? I'm sure that I am not the only person with this problem. :-)
> Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 21:53:39 +0100
> Subject: [DNA] British Isles DNA on-going discussion at new blog if interested
> A second post at the British Isles Project aims to keep discussion going
> about how to bring this project to its full potential...
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