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Surname DNA testing (using the Y-chromosome) is the newest tool available to genealogists. These tests help genealogists verify their paternal ancestry (father's father's father, and so on) in a quick and easy way. It saves time, prevents mistakes, and provides invaluable data that can be obtained in no other way.



Surnames included: Baugh, Baw, Bough, Baff, Bach

This Family Project is started to:

1. Identify the DNA profile ("haplotype") of the immigrant William Baugh, who came to Virginia from England in the early 1600s. He settled in Bristol Parish, Henrico County, Virginia in the vicinity of the Bermuda Hundred settlement (now in Chesterfield County southeast of present-day Richmond, between the James River and Appomattox River). William was a Justice in Henrico County in the 1650s, as well as a tailor, merchant, and tobacco farmer. He died in 1687, probably in Henrico County (now Chesterfield County). A large number of Baughs are found in records of the county of Henrico and those adjacent counties south of the Appomattox River to the North Carolina border. Most are believed to be descendants of the English immigrant William Baugh, as are many of the Baugh individuals in the USA today. By analyzing the Y-chromosome DNA of descendants with this surname, it may also be possible (through minor mutations of the markers through the next 8+ generations) to be able to determine to which branch of this Baugh family a living individual belongs. This is important as a number of the branches of the family are insufficiently documented.

See Mark Arslan's "Baugh Genealogy - William Baugh, English Immigrant to Virginia, 1630s" website:



2. Determine how other families of the Baugh surname (and its variations) living in the USA today are related to William Baugh and to each other. Another Baugh family of German origin (descendants of Bartholomeus "Bartle" Bach of Germany) settled in and near Wythe County in southwestern Virginia in the 1700s, many of whose descendants lived in southwestern Virginia and Kentucky. Some Baughs are of African ancestry, descended from slaves of the Baugh families in the south who took the Baugh surname when they were emancipated after 1863.

3. Establish the relationship of William Baugh to other families of the Baugh surname (and its variants) in England and determine from which village or town William originated.


Please see the y-Results, Patriarchs, and Discussion pages of this projects for more information.  


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