Wednesday, August 26, 2009

SPORTS DNA testing

Today, we got back the results from a cousin's y-DNA test. We have been uncertain of the origin of this line: SPORT(S). The earliest ancestor we know, William SPORT (c.1756-1820 SC), fought in the Revolutionary War in North Carolina and later moved to South Carolina. One branch in SC added the ending -s around the time of the Civil War. There have been rumors of American Indian, Jewish, Scottish, and English origins. It looks as though the testing rules out the first two. The cousins's haplogroup came back R1b1b2 which is European Atlantic, most common in the British Isles, Spain, and Portugal. The name has been said to have originally been SPOWART and that William came from Scotland. The name Spowart has been found in low-land Scotland and northern England. All the closest matches were located in England. A second cousin is also being tested in a different line. We would love to get as many lines tested as possible to build up a valid genetic picture of William's DNA.

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