Monday, 29 September 2014

The Scots-Irish: Scottish historian Tim Clarkson

The Scots-Irish: Scottish historian Tim Clarkson: This blog is primarily about the Scots-Irish in the New World from Colonial times to the present.  Occasionally, I will post items of intere...

Friday, 26 September 2014

The Ulster Heritage DNA Project Update

The Ulster Heritage DNA Project has 3,028 participating families.  The haplogroups associated with Insular Celts continue to comprise the majority of those families tested with the R-M222 the most numerous with R-L21 following closely.  Other haplogroups of note is the I-L126, which is associated with Scotland and thought to be one of the early, pre R1b, populations in Scotland. 

We are slowly getting the results pages to reflect the amazing progress the geneticists have been making in locating new haplogroups.  Eventually, with these many new downstream haplogroups, a geographic area will be linked to them.  We will post news on this as it becomes available.

We continue to add book titles for sale for families doing genetic genealogy.  Most families will notice a geographic pattern to their match group, especially if they have done higher level testing.  After a geographic location of interest appears then attention can be given to the early primary sources for that area.  Given the static nature of daily life in Ulster in the 1600s families tended to remain in the district for generations.  If a family has a DNA connection to a district then these early primary sources, which often list the families in a district, can provide valuable information.  

Link to access the Ulster Heritage DNA results.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

News From Ballymoney Museum

Dear Family Historian,
It’s less than two weeks to ROUTE BACK HOME 2014 and the staff at Ballymoney Museum are getting everything ready for the arrival of our delegates; it’s going to be another exciting genealogy conference!
A highlight of every Route Back Home is the launch of Dorothy Arthur’s next book and her latest bestseller focuses on Kilraughts Old Church Graveyard.  As with all Dorothy’s books, it contains unpublished information which can’t be found anywhere else.  It’s an essential purchase for family historians researching ‘Roots in the Route’!
Dorothy will be among the many experienced genealogists attending the conference and this gives every delegate the unique opportunity to chat with the experts and discover new and obscure sources in the archives.
If you’re planning to attend ROUTE BACK HOME 2014, please send us your booking form as soon as possible.
I look forward to seeing you.
Keith Beattie
Museum Manager

Monday, 1 September 2014

McCain's Corner: DNA Genetic Genealogy Sale

McCain's Corner: DNA Genetic Genealogy Sale: All the DNA projects I administer and assist with, use Family Tree DNA labs in Houston, Texas.  Why?  Well, they are the best, they have the...