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Bennett Y-DNA Case Study added to English Origenes

For cultural and historical reasons pinpointing a paternal ancestral genetic homeland for people with English roots can be far more challenging compare to those with Irish and Scottish ancestry.

Pinpointing Your Paternal Ancestral Genetic Homeland!

Sometimes a quite remarkable Y-DNA Case Study comes along that I will try my best to get published in a Genealogical magazine.

English Origenes Presentation at Family Tree DNA Conference

I was invited by the world’s largest commercial ancestral DNA testing Company 'Family Tree DNA' to give a talk entitled 'Pinpointing a Geographical O

New Kiely Case Study Added to the English Origenes website!

Mr Kielys's recent ancestry is associated with Ireland. His closest genetic matches do indeed reflect this recent Irish ancestry.

Official launch of English Origenes Website

The English Origenes is the latest website in the 'Origenes' chain (that includes Irish Origenes and Scottish Origenes) that sets out to show how one can use the results 

The 'Smith' Surname

Smith is the most common surname in England.

The Science of English Surnames

Today Great Britain (the island that includes England, Scotland and Wales) has about 1.6 million surnames, which is far in excess of the 420,000 surnames recorded

The Human Colonisation of England

Humans first arrived in England around 10,000 years ago after the last ice age.


Use Your DNA to Rediscover Your English Heritage

A commercial 37 marker Y chromosome DNA test will potentially provide one with the names of many hundreds of individuals with whom one shares a common male ancestor, but what often perplexes people is how one can match many individuals with different Surnames? The answer is quite simple. Roughly 1,000 years ago one’s direct medieval male ancestor, the first for example to call himself ‘Townsend’ was living in close proximity to others with whom he was related but who assumed other surnames like Smith, Chadwick and Hull. Given that 1,000 years have passed since surnames were adopted, there will be many descendants of these individuals some of whom today will undergo DNA testing. Hence the surnames of one’s medieval ancestor’s neighbours will be reflected in today’s DNA test results.

In early 19th Century UK census data surnames could still be found concentrated in the County from which they originate. Hence when one examines the distribution pattern of the surnames that reoccur as a genetic match to you, one can pinpoint the place of origin of one’s ancestors, what I like to call the Genetic Homeland. The Genetic Homeland is the area where one’s ancestors lived for hundreds if not thousands of years. It is the area where one’s ancestors left their mark in the place names of that area and in the DNA of its current inhabitants. Since modern science can pinpoint a Genetic Homeland it can also be used to confirm it by DNA testing individuals from the pinpointed area.

To view a short You Tube video tutorial demonstrating how to make sense of your own DNA results click here, or you can read a Case Study! Not had a DNA test? Then click on the 'Are You A Warrior' banner on this webpage (top right) and select  the Y-DNA37 test. If you have had a Y-DNA test then contact me (Dr Tyrone Bowes) by clicking here. The Consultation is FREE. 

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