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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
May 2015: Pinpointing you Kelly origins at the Kelly Clan Gathering (to be confirmed) January 17th 2015: Fermanagh Family History Society (contact October 2014: Genetic... More
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

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About Me

This is me with my 3 sons Alexander, Fraser, and Callum. My name is Tyrone Bowes and I am an experienced Biotechnologist. I was born in Ireland and have always been curious about my origins. As I grew up I had an interest in Biology, History, and Geography and chose to pursue my interest in Biology, which is my first love. I obtained a Diploma with Distinction in Biology in 1995, and a 1st Class Honours Degree in Biotechnology in 1998. I then pursued a personal interest in Neuropathies, as my father died from Motor Neuron Disease in 1992. I was subsequently awarded a PhD in Neuroimmunology in 2003 (my CV).

Becoming a Genetic Genealogist; As soon as I found out about commercial testing of DNA in 2003 I signed up and had my families DNA tested. By combining my interest in Biology, History, and Geography, I have been able to piece together the clues of as to my origins. It turns out that the Surnames of the people that one matches through DNA testing are literally a 'snapshot' of one's medieval ancestors neighbours. Put simply, when the Normans arrived in England and surnames came into common use, your ancestor picked his, and his neighbours/relatives picked other surnames. Early 19th Century census data shows surnames localised to the area where they first arose, hence by examining the Surname distribution pattern of one's 'Genetic Matches' it is possible to pinpoint one's 'Genetic Homeland.' This is the area where your ancestor lived for 100's if not 1,000's of years. Although this analytical research method was originally applied to those with Irish and Scottish heritage, I discovered  it could be applied to those with English ancestry and an example can be read here. If you wish to watch a short You Tube video tutorial demonstrating how to use your DNA to pinpoint your English Genetic Homeland click here. For a FREE CONSULTATION click here to contact me.

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