DNA Findings for Kenelm, Timothy, Thomas and John
The Winslow Family Y-DNA Project, that was started in April of this year to help all branches of the Winslow family identify their origins, has made significant advances in the past six months.
A number of Kenelm (b.1599) descendants who participated in the project laid the groundwork for the New England Winslow DNA fingerprint. We now know 24 to 25 of the 26 DNA markers for Kenelm, for a better than 90% confidence for his fingerprint. This will allow any potential descendant, desiring to confirm Kenelm as an ancestor, the opportunity with a quick DNA test either directly if they are a male Winslow or indirectly through a surrogate family member who is.
Most recently, significant results have culminated for the Southern Winslows in the DNA fingerprint for Timothy Winslow (b.abt1654). With only three descendants of Timothy we have a 99% confidence of Timothy?s DNA fingerprint. Additionally, the results have confirmed that believed sons Thomas (b.1682) and John (b.1699) are truly brothers. This was a unique situation where two descendants of Thomas and one of John all have all 26 DNA markers exactly matching, allowing the high confidence for the DNA fingerprint.
The connection between the Southern and the New England Winslows are not yet fully conclusive. There are enough DNA markers in common to know that there is a related connection between the two branches. However, the DNA genetic distance is such that it is very doubtful the common ancestor occurred as early as Edward Sr. (b.1560).
The project is actively searching for any male Winslow descendants of John Winslow (b.1597) and of course any of those of his sons or brothers. Finding a direct male descendant of John Winslow could be the keystone to finalizing Kenelm?s DNA and confirming the Southern and New England connection.
Again, anyone who wishes to confirm their ancestry to either of these branches of the family may either have their DNA tested, if they are a male with a Winslow surname, or use a family member who is as a surrogate and have a high confidence in a conclusive outcome.
For more information on the Winslow Family Y-DNA Project, registration process or DNA questions in general, you can access the project?s website at Winslow Genealogy
or email me directly.