Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Ulster Heritage DNA Project Update March 2009

From our humble offices in Wiarton, Ontario, Oxford, Mississippi, and Ballybofey, County Donegal, comes the March 2009 Ulster Heritage DNA Project Update.

The results tables have been updated and are current. Please let me know if you see something that should be moved around. Some very interesting trends and family groups have appeared. Ulster history coming alive in front of us. Even a Son of Adam has appeared, i.e. haplogroup A.

I urge all participants to be proactive in your research. Be aware of geographic patterns in the surnames that are close to your surname in your results, often this reveals much about your family’s history.

One of my pet study projects are the Redshank families, or the Hebridean and Argyll families that settled in Ulster in the 1500s. I’ve noticed several of them in the project. One I noticed recently was several Mac Giolla Eáin families (McLain); they are much welcomed as I was always curious if they were Norse or Gael in ancestry, turns out they are Gael. As always we have many of the old Irish clans appearing in the results and we have had a flood of Scots-Irish families recently join and all are Very Welcomed.

Please note that Jim McKane, of Wiarton, Ontario, our webmaster, has a new Newsletter available and has an Ulster Heritage Forum up and running. The newsletter is an excellent way to stay up to date on news relating to Ulster Family History and research and developments in genetic research. It is highly recommended.

The Forum is where you can post inquires and information on your particular family and field of interest. It has the benefit of having much of the data posted backed up with by DNA testing.

The best way to access the website and online magazine is to Google ‘Ulster Heritage’ or put that into any search engine you favour. Or for those that do not like to type, a link is below.

As our project nears 1,000 members we will be looking for ways to make sure each family has easy access to the all important results tables. The project may just divide into an UHDP I and UHDP II. The division would be by haplogroups, R1b and its many subclades in one section and the remaining Haplogroups in the other. This would allow easy access to the tables even as the project tops 1,000 members.

Lastly, if your genealogy society or history group, Highland Games, Irish Gatherings, etc., would like Jim or I to speak, you can contact us via the website.

Barry R McCain

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