Oxfordshire DNA project launches

By Jon Bauckham, 10 October 2013 - 2:03pm

Genealogists are encouraging people with ancestral ties to Oxfordshire to take part in a DNA testing project that intends to find connections between old county families

Thursday 10 October 2013
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Sue Honoré talks to Gillian Talbot at the Oxfordshire Family History Society fair last week. Gillian won a free maternal DNA test in a competition sponsored by the organisation © Malcolm Austen

A group of genealogists are attempting to connect old Oxfordshire families using DNA technology.

Co-ordinated by Sue Honoré and Richard Merry, the project encourages people with proven ancestral ties the county to send cheek swabs off to FamilyTreeDNA, a genetic testing company based in the United States.

Once a profile has been extracted from the sample, it is entered into a database and matched against others from across the world.

The team hopes that the approach can confirm whether people sharing traditional local surnames are related to each other and break down brick walls where traditional paper chasing has failed to do so.

“DNA can help in the case of ‘non-paternal events’ such as illegitimacies and adoptions, or if going back earlier where there are fewer records,” Sue Honoré told Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine.

“It is another way to make contact and share your research with people you may not know existed, helping you both to discover more.”
 

take it further

► Register your interest in the project at familytreedna.com/public/oxfordshire

 

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