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The beauty with the DNA approach to researching one’s ancestral origin is that the DNA does not lie! The area identified in an Irish, Scottish, English or Welsh Origenes personalised DNA report can... More
Surnames evolve over both time and distance, and change usually at the whim of an administrator who simply records an unfamiliar surname as he hears it. In this manner similar sounding surnames... More
For cultural and historical reasons it can be more difficult to pinpoint one's English ancestral origin. But as more and more people test the success rate increases. I now have a 60% success rate... More
It is more challenging to pinpoint one's English Paternal Ancestral Genetic Homeland. This is mainly due to historical and cultural factors. However, one big advantage with English surnames is that... More
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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. For... More
Sometimes a quite remarkable Y-DNA Case Study comes along that I will try my best to get published in a Genealogical magazine. The latest one published in Family Tree Magazine details the Paterson... More
I was invited by the world’s largest commercial ancestral DNA testing Company 'Family Tree DNA' to give a talk entitled 'Pinpointing a Geographical Origin' at their 8th Annual Genetic Genealogy... More
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 of a commercial ancestral 37... More
Today 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 in the 1881 census. In 1881 the population... More
Humans first arrived in England around 10,000 years ago after the last ice age. It is believed that their journey began in Northeast Spain in an area now known today as the Basque Country and took... More


Use Your DNA to Pinpoint Your English Origin

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 ‘Bennett’ was living in close proximity to others with whom he was related but who assumed other surnames like Seymour, Coad and French. 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 reappear as a genetic match to you, one can pinpoint the place of origin of one’s ancestors, what I like to call the Paternal Ancestral 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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