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Surname DNA testing is the newest tool available to genealogists. These tests help genealogists verify their paternal ancestry (father's father .... ) in a quick and easy way. It saves time, prevents mistakes, and provides invaluable data that can be obtained in no other way.
This Family Project is started to:
1. Help researchers on common or related families work together to find their common heritage (See the Patriarch Page)
2. Identify the DNA of the ancestor families and compile them and their lost branches into distinct genetic lineages through DNA matches
3. We are interested in testing the mediaeval genealogies of the Breretons of Cheshire, and finding out how many unrelated families have adopted the Brereton name.
4. We are also searching for possible matches with the Brewerton DNA Project, so, as we start this project on 30 July 2013, we have just one DNA profile from Jeanie Atkins the admin for the Brewerton project as an initial target for Breretons to match against.
We are already able to identify two completely separate Brereton lineages. Each is characterised by having a haplogroup which is rather rare in Britain (about 0.5%).
We have one Brereton with haplogroup I-L38. The others are grouped in haplogroup R1b- lineage I, which refined tests now show to be R1b-L51* (ie R1b1a2a*). With these two distinct haplogroups there must have been at least two unrelated males (i.e. not sharing a male line ancestor more recently than around 4000BC), who adopted the Brereton name with the introduction of surnames in the last 800 years or so.
It now looks very much as if our Brewerton member(who doesn't have a match within the Brewerton DNA Project) does indeed match the Brereton R1b-lineage I, so at sometime a spelling variation must have taken place.
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