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DNA Testing: The Genealogist's New Tool
Posted by: Elizabeth Britton (ID *****0291) Date: June 26, 2010 at 10:58:08
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If you are a Britton/Brittain/Britten, etc. male tracing your male line, you might want to consider joining the Britton Genealogy and DNA project and taking the Y-chromosome test. This is the best time to purchase a test kit, because Family Tree is offering special discount prices for 37 and 67 marker tests ordered in surname projects.

So far, the Britton project has identified 24 different Britton families which do not share a common Britton ancestor and are therefore what most of us would call unrelated to each other.

If you match one of these families, you may discover more about your ancestry by sharing information with other members of your family group.

If you do not match any of them, then you will be the first-known member of a newly-discovered line, and your DNA test results will tell you something about the deep ancestry of that line. If, for example, you belong Haplogroup I1, your Britton ancestor probably arrived in Britain with invaders from Scandinavia or the Low countries--ie Angles, Saxons,, Jutes, Vikings, or Normans. If you are R1b or belong to a northwestern subgroup of I2, then your ancestors may have been among the first men to repopulate Britain after the Ice Age.

Women may participate indirectly finding a male Britton relative to take the DNA test and represent their line in the project. Many of our members (including me) are women genealogists who have a cousin, father, uncle, etc. willing to be tested.

My family (Group 1), can be traced back to Henrico Co, VA in the 17th century. Group 2 goes back to southside VA in the 18th century and may have been in VA or MD several generations earlier. Part of Group 5 (the largest in the project) descends from James Britton and his wife Mary who moved to Orange Co VA in the 1730's and to Rowan Co. NC in 1754. Other members of Group 5 trace their ancestry back to NY or NJ, but share a common ancestor with the descendants of James Britton who may have lived in England.
One member of this group, who was tested by Oxford Ancestors, and whose identity we do not know, was born in England.

Another member of the Britton project who has just ordered the 67 marker test from Family Tree has deep roots in England. He descends from William Britton of Kelston, Somerset. fl 1623 who in turn appears to descend from a John Britton born in that area c 1500.

The 37 and 67 marker tests will tell you quickly and definitively whether you are related to any of the above-mentioned families or to any other family in the Britton project.

For more information, please write to:
Dr. Lindsey Britton

The Britton project runs at Family Tree, DNA Heritage, and Ancestry, but right now, Family Tree is offering the best price. The sale at DNAHeritage ended last week.

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