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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
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About English Origenes

English Origenes was founded by Dr Tyrone Bowes in 2013. Dr Bowes grew up in Ballymun in Dublin City, Ireland, and was always curious about the origin of his surname (Bowes is a very English sounding name). Although he had a keen interest in history and geography, he pursued his main interest which was Biology. He obtained a Diploma in Biology with Distinction in 1995, a 1st Class Honours Degree in Biotechnology in 1998, and a Ph.D. in Neuroimmunology in 2003. He has worked extensively in both academic and industrial research labs. Out of curiousty he submitted his families DNA for commercial ancestral Y-DNA testing in 2004.

By combining his expertise in biology, and his hobbies in history and geography he was able to piece together the clues as to his Bowes origin (the Y-DNA test only explores the paternal line). His DNA reveals that his 'Bowes' ancestors were infact Native Irish (O'Bowe), had their own distinct Clan, and lived in a very specific part of Ireland. His ‘Bowes’ ancestors were related to other Clans that lived close by, and they left their mark on the placenames where they lived for hundreds if not thousands of years. What’s even more surprising is that his distant relatives still live in that area (CLICK HERE) to read the Bowes Y-DNA Case Study (updated April 2020). Subsequent DNA testing of males named Bowe/Bowes in the area he pinpointed confirmed his Irish ancestral origin!

With this discovery, he set about (in 2010) producing the tools necessary to pinpoint ones Irish, Scottish and ENGLISH origin based on commercial DNA test results; including Databases and Maps (Surnames, Clan Territories, and Castles)! In 2011 the Irish Origenes website was launched, followed by the Scottish Origenes and English Origenes websites (a Welsh Origenes website is planned for 2021). Since 2012 customers have commissioned Irish, Scottish and English Origenes to produce their DNA reports. Those reports pinpoint specific origins for their Irish, Scottish and English ancestors based on commercial Y-DNA, Autosomal or mtDNA test results. His most notable customers have included the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins (pictured), the late Norman P McClelland of Shamrock Foods (pictured, founder of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, Phoenix, Arizona) and Professor Sir George Bain (formerly president and vice-chancellor of Queen's University Belfast).

CLICK HERE to contact English Origenes for a FREE CONSULTATION on your DNA test results or to find out which painless commercial DNA test is suitable for you.



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