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Subject: Re: [PATTISON] PATTISON Digest, Vol 1, Issue 2
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 05:22:14 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: PATTISON Digest, Vol 1, Issue 2
1. Re: [PATTERSON] T for Two (robert mclaren)
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 12:47:59 -0400
From: "robert mclaren" <>
Subject: Re: [PATTISON] [PATTERSON] T for Two
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I'm just catching up on my emails and have noticed some traffic on one T and two T Pat(t)ersons. There is no exclusive association of the single T with Scotland and the double T with Ireland. If you check the distribution of single T's and double T's in the 1881 census of England, Scotland and Wales, you will see sizable numbers of both. Families have changed from one form to the other and back. Other forms include Patteson, Pattison, etc. These all mean son of Patrick. Any genealogical researcher will tell you not to rely on spelling to identify your family. Spelling used to be more of an art than a science and people spelled they way they felt, not the way it should be spelled. This included educated people.
I have also noticed claims that all, or most, Pattersons in America are related. This is incorrect as the DNA testing is proving. There are many unrelated lines of Patterson, Paterson, etc. in America.
Let me also put in a plug for DNA testing. There is a Patterson Surname DNA Project. Additionally, since Pat(t)erson is one of the Clan MacLaren surnames, they are also included in the Clan MacLaren Surname DNA Project. If you want to find out if you are related to other Pattersons who have tested, or are at a brickwall in your genealogy, DNA testing can provide some answers. This is a test on the Y-chromosome, so the testee has to be a male Pat(t)erson. (Ladies, get your Patterson brother, father, uncle, cousin, etc. to test.) I encourage all Pattersons, Patersons, Pattesons, Pattisons, or any other variant to join the DNA Project. Compared to what many of us have spent on genealogical research, the cost of testing is a bargin. I will be glad to answer any questions on DNA testing, so feel free to contact me at bobmclaren(at)earthlink.net.
Also, if you have already tested with the Patterson Surname DNA Project, I encourage you to join the Clan MacLaren Surname Project as your second project. You can do this at no additional cost. In doing so, you will have two project administrators helping you. In order to join, go to your personal page. At the top of the page is a blue square join button. Click on this button. This will take you to a new page that lists projects you can join. MacLaren is one of these. Click on MacLaren and you will go to a new page that describes the Clan MacLaren Surname DNA Project. At the bottom of this page is another blue square join button. Click on this button and you have joined. I welcome all Pattersons, Patersons, Pattesons, Pattisons, or any other variant to join.
Chairman, Genealogy Committee, Clan MacLaren Society of North America
Administrator, Clan MacLaren Surname DNA Project
Member, Association of Professional Genealogists
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