Genealogy is one of the most popular passtimes in the world. Now new tests created in recent years have also turned DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) into a popular tool for determining ancestry. As DNA is passed down from one generation to the next, some parts remain almost unchanged, while other parts change greatly. This creates an unbreakable link between generations and it can be of great help in reconstructing family histories.
DNA tests have been around for many years, but it is only recently that the cost of genetic testing has finally come down into the realm of possibility for the average individual interested in tracing their roots. Y chromosomes are passed virtually unchanged from father to son. As surnames follow paternal lineages the Y chromosome provides a good way to assess whether individuals with the same surname are from the same lineage. In contrast mtDNA is passed only from mothers to their children. Thus both male and female children will carry their mothers mtDNA but only the daughters will pass it on. The surnames of daughters generally change at every generation making the tracking of maternal lineages challenging. Individuals carrying the same mtDNA share a common maternal ancestor.
This page contains links to genetic test results for descendants of the founders of Harvey Settlement.
Clicking on highlighted participants names in the table below will link to a summary of the migration history of the haplogroup to whom that person belongs. The following links lead to summary tables of complete Y DNA Haplogroup or mtDNA Haplogroup results for each participant listed below.
Key to participants listed below:
†Direct male descendant of early Harvey settler.
¥Direct maternal descendant of early Harvey female settler.
œHarvey settler descendant without direct paternal or maternal link to early settlers.
ßPersons living in the Eastern Borders who contributed DNA samples during the 2007 Harvey Settler Reunion at Ford Castle but who are not Harvey settler descendants..
øSpouses of Harvey settler descendants who do not necessarily have a link to the Borders region.
The mtDNA haplogroup designations below are based on the global human mtDNA phylogenetic tree - Build 3 (1 Mar 2009). See: http://www.phylotree.org
Link to table where y chromosome marker results for all male Harvey settler descendants are summarized together.
Link to table where mtDNA marker results for both male and female Harvey settler descendants are summarized together.
Male and Female Eastern Borders Subjects Tested During 2007 Reunion at Ford Castle
DNA testing can provide a useful supplement to paper genealogy in that it can:
* Determine your ancestry in deep time to our collective origin in Africa
* Provide clues about your ethnic origin
* Determine if two people are related
* Determine if two people descend from the same ancestor
* Find out if you are related to others with the same surname
* Prove or disprove your family tree research