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The Bunch Y-DNA Project
Aleda Marie Louise Bunch (1941-2014)
This project is dedicated to the memory of Aleda Bunch, friend and collaborator. Aleda was a founder of the Bunch y-DNA Project, a gifted family historian, and a pioneer in her own right in the art and science of applying genetic testing to genealogical conundrums. Her contributions have been and will continue to be missed.
DeWitt Bunch (1928-2012) and Frances Ellen Bagot Bunch (1932-2004)
DeWitt and Frances (husband and wife) were the authors and editors of "The Bunch Family Record," originally produced starting in 1965 as a "by subscription" typewritten and mimeographed monthly newsletter of Bunch genealogical and historical research. Publication ended after a run of a few years, but "The Bunch Family Record" was revived in 1997 and ran through 2000 as a quarterly, produced on a home computer word editor. Their broad and prolific research, with references to the published work of other and earlier Bunch researchers, has been a fascinating, inspiring, and invaluable aid to this project.
THE BUNCH y-DNA PROJECT and other DNA surname studies are based on y-chromosome DNA, which is possessed only by males. It is passed from fathers to sons virtually unchanged over hundreds of years, normally following the same genealogical lines followed by surnames. Direct participants in DNA surname studies must necessarily be males, and most participants in this project will carry the Bunch surname (or a close variant of it).
NOTE TO THE LADIES: If you have a Bunch father, brother, nephew, uncle or male cousin who has at least a slight interest in genealogy, we would be delighted to have your assistance enlisting them in our research. The founders of the project were two women who each enlisted a Bunch-surnamed male relative. We are also very aware how much our research can benefit from your interest and genealogical knowledge, regardless of whether you have a cooperative male Bunch relative handy. In case you don't, we invite you to join our efforts anyway, as an mtDNA or Family Finder "observer," or simply as someone who checks in on our progress from time to time. Contact our project administrator to be added to the mailing list for updates.
As of November 21, 2014 we have 60 members tested. General Fund balance as of November 21,2014: $52.00
Eligibility to Participate: The Bunch y-DNA Project is open to all males surnamed “Bunch” or any close variant (e.g., “Bunche” or “Bunsche”). Currently, only the one spelling is represented. The project is also open to any male whose y-DNA closely matches that of an established Bunch lineage. (Please see our "Note to the Ladies" above.)
Major Project Goals: Our “big” goals are to: 1) Recruit participants worldwide and identify as many Bunch y-DNA lineages as we can; 2) Assist project participants in learning how they connect to their own respective lines, and how they may relate to other lines; 3) Correlate the genetic and genealogical information provided by project members to gain an overall understanding of the shape and history of the larger Bunch “family tree” (the better to serve goal 2!).
Project Priorities: Our first priority is to serve the genealogical interests of all project members. Our second priority is for everyone to have fun while the first priority is addressed. To the extent that it can, the Bunch y-DNA Project will also try to serve a wider audience of genealogists and historians interested in any of the various Bunch family lines (and to serve the project administrator’s curiosity with whatever is left over).
Current Recruitment Interests: If you meet the eligibility criteria above, we want YOU -- please join us! We are particularly interested in:
Unrepresented or Unmatched Lineages
- Genetic matches to our 14 currently unmatched participants in haplogroups C3, E1b, J2, R1*, R1a and R1b.
- Old World Bunches: Bunch males representing lines that never emigrated from Europe, particularly lines from England, Scotland, the Netherlands/Flanders, Denmark or Germany.
- Atlantic Islanders: Bunch males representing lines from Bermuda or the Caribbean Islands, particularly Barbados and the Bahamas.
- Later Arrivals: Bunch males representing lines that immigrated to the New World in the nineteenth century or later.
- Bunch males representing lineages descended from former slaves.
- Bunch lines of proven Cherokee heritage, particularly male line descendants of Rabbit Bunch (b. ca. 1841).
- The Virginia Branch: Male line descendants of John Bunch, Jr., b. ca. 1690, New Kent Co., Virginia, d. ca. Mar 1742, especially descendants of his (currently unrepresented) son William Bunch (b. ca. 1718), and additional descendants of John Bunch, Jr.'s son Henry Bunch (b. ca. 1720).
- The North Carolina Branch: Bunch males representing old North Carolina lineages, particularly male line descendants of Jeremiah Bunch (b. ca. 1650, arrived New Kent (later King William) Co., Virginia ca. 1668), Paul Bunch (b. ca.1675, prob. New Kent Co., Virginia, died 1727 in Chowan Co., North Carolina), and Henry Bunch (b. ca. 1690, lived in Chowan/Bertie counties, North Carolina, d. 1775).
- The South Carolina Branch: Bunch males representing old South Carolina lineages, particularly male line descendants of John Bunch, b. ca. 1692, lived in Bertie Co., North Carolina, moved to Berkeley Co., South Carolina ca. 1735 (son of Paul Bunch, above).
- Other Derived Lines: Melungeons, Tennesseans, Kentuckians, Arkansawyers, Missourians, Georgians, Mississippians, Oklahomans, Texans and all others.
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