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Randy Harr
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« on: August 15, 2014, 08:20:43 AM »

As our former Wiki page did not transfer to this new site, history of the group and its transformation have been lost.  Here is an attempt to capture a summary to date.

Tim Peterson started the FTDNA group over 10 years ago. His stated goal then was to finally lay to rest the claims of linkage (or not) between the Charles Hoare and Hezekiah Hoar lines of North America.  An underlying goal was to see if his research placed a sibling of an ancestor James Horr, in the Charles Hoare or Hezekiah Hoar group.  Descendants of James listed themselves as Hezekiah descendants but Tim thought otherwise. Tim's 4th cousin was in this surname group (Horr) and tested to be the first member.  Tim tested many of his extended family members and runs a larger Peterman surname project.  But this group lay dormant for 6 years with Tim's cousin being the only participant.

Randy Harr tested in early 2011 as he hit a roadblock in traditional research. Roz Edson of the Horr Project of North America had already unknowingly assisted him in discovering his surname change from Horr to Harr in 1900.  But records earlier than 1800 were not forthcoming.  Upon testing, Randy showed a strong match to Gordon Hoard who had extensive research and ties to the Hezekiah Hoar line of North America. Randy joined the DNA surname project as a place to hang his hat and work to further understand where his link may lie.  Gordon would not join until many years later and their results were quite distinct from Tim's. distant cousin.  Roz Edson had her relative tested and he also linked to Randy and Gordon.  So Randy and Roz started recruiting more to get tested and offered to co-admin the group with Tim.

Others started getting tested and most introduced new lines.  But almost all lines, like previously published research, claimed lineage to the Hore family of Risford Manor in Chagford, Devon.  So the project has evolved into one of trying to catalog and distinguish lines originating in middle-ages England.  We use DNA testing as just another tool in genealogical research to more definitively define lines of ancestry.  Not that the Risford Manor Hore's are not distinctive in any way nor should there be a strong desire for people to be a part of.  They simply have been documented for almost 300 years in Devon.  The focus is simply an example to help us classify the additional lines that need to be researched to the same extant that the Risford Hore's have been. And maybe to genetically type Richard Hore of the 1300's if that is possible to ascertain.
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