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Molecular Genealogy or Genetic Genealogy is the use of DNA science to research one’s family history and genealogy. Most genealogist have encountered the infamous "brick walls" in their research. These "brick walls" occur when there are no primary paper records and your research dead-ends. DNA testing can confirm paternal relationships and go around these brick walls. You can connect to other families with your surname that could have information relevant to your family or confirm a connection that you believed was there but had no proof. Since the nature of Ulster Heritage is one of immigration and Diaspora, the DNA testing can allow you to locate and meet family members around the world and in Ulster.
Males Only - We use the paternal Y chromosome DNA test. The Y chromosome is passed from father to son. For this reason, it is a male only test!
Recommended Tests - We recommend the 37 or 67 marker test because these tests provide more data. We find the 67 marker test particularly useful. It is a case of the more markers you have, the more useful data you will have. Because the populations of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, etc., are remarkably homogenous, the 12 and 25 marker tests will produce many matches and not all of them will be truly relevant. Tests that appear tantalisingly close on the 25 marker test will often be revealed as a non-match when put to the 67 marker test. This will effectively eliminate false leads that waste time. And conversely interesting cusp matches on the 25 or 37 often stay true on the 67 marker result, proving they are a relevant match.
surnames: Most Ulster surnames are from Gaelic origins. This is
true for Ulster Scots, Native Irish, and Hebridean and Highland
Scottish origin families and even Norman families often took Gaelic
surnames. Most Gaelic surnames have multiple anglicised forms. The
County Antrim name of Mac Eáin for instance is anglicised as
Johnson, Johnston, McCain, McCane, McKain, McKane, McKean, McKeen,
Match Notification: When you receive notification of a match, you will also have the email address of the match. The best way to proceed is to email the person and compare notes. Some very stunning genealogical breakthroughs have taken place using this simple procedure. Even with non-surname matches, often, there is an easy and logical explanation of the different surname. Many times, it is just a case of a child losing a father at a young age and being raised by his maternal relations or perhaps being adopted by a step-father. Other times it could be a variation of your own surname that you did not recognize
Help is Available: If you feel a little overwhelmed don’t despair, often a trained eye can spot patterns and connections in your results not recognizable to the average researcher. Someone who has the Gaelic language and is knowledgeable of the history of Ulster, the southern Isles and Kintyre, can examine your results and put them into an understandable and meaningful form that can give you insight into your family’s history and useful avenues of research.
Professional help is available for a modest flat fee by contacting Barry McCain.
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