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UPDATE: May 2017

As people who get involved with DNA research soon learn, once DNA testing is done interesting, and unexpected, results can happen. So goes it with my Bunyard DNA results. There are some very close matches from very unexpected regions. See the link to “y-results” above. Of special note is the link to Vojinovići (Montenegro).

The DNA matches that are occurring with The Vojinovići Project are telling. The administrator of this project has done a wonderful job of matching results and comparing findings on his Family Tree DNA site. I find there is little reason to duplicate his wonderful efforts. Therefore, I encourage any Bunyard surnames to refer to and join The Vojinovići Project. There is no doubt in my mind that my Bunyard line and that of members of this project are RELATED.

Now comes the hard part: understanding all these results and how this relationship came about.

Click on this link The Vojinovići Project and you will go to The Vojinovići Project Home Page.  Then click on the main menu's “DNA Results” and refer to the “Classic Chart” for further information. There you will see my Bunyard results along side those of my cousins.  For full access to all information, I would suggest you JOIN the project by clicking the link at the top.

Also interesting is that the mtDNA on the maternal side of my family is also making some matches with one of the project’s participants. This is as yet to be explored but you can refer to this information using the mtDNA link on this project's main menu page.

I believe this FTDNA site is much easier to work with than the World Families site. Therefore, though I am not totally abandoning WF, I will be concentrating on the FTDNA web site and continuing to refer to my own FTDNA site for research and information. 

Want to compare your DNA to these ancestral roots? Contact the administrator for The Vojinovići Project.

And please do not hesitate to contact me concerning this site.


The Bunyard Family DNA Project hopes to connect its American and British bloodline to the origins of our oldest known ancestor, James Beal Bunyard, who was transported to America’s colonies on the ship Tyrol in 1764. James Beal was baptized in London 5 Dec of 1744. His father was James Bunyard and his mother is thought to have been Jane. James Beal died in Ashe Co. NC in 1817.

James first appeared in Wilkes County NC in the year 1778. By 1787, James and his wife Hannah have seven children. Hannah was born about 1756 and died in Ashe Co. NC about 1832. James and Hannah continue raising their family of at least six boys and possibly three girls and farming in what becomes North Fork of New River in Ashe Co. It is from this Bunyard patriarch and his six sons (William, Ephraim, James, Larkin, John, Samuel) that many Americans with the Bunyard surname descend. Most of these ancestors are well documented.

It is not certain the parentage of James Beal Bunyard. It is known there was a James Bunyard family living in East End, London since before 1678. This family baptized their infants, James and Jane, at St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London. It is believed James Beal was this infant.

There is a second Bunyard family who marries at All Saints Church in Maidstone, Kent County, some 22 miles southeast of London. Harry Bunyard, who comes to California in 1891, is one of these Maidstone Bunyards. This family is researched back nine generations to its patriarch, Arthur Bunyard, who died in 1753 in Maidstone. It has never been documented that James Beal Bunyard was a descendant of this particular Bunyard family.

Do either the East End Bunyard or Maidstone Bunyard represent the parentage of James Beal Bunyard? Are these two Bunyard lines connected? Could DNA testing put this “maybe so – maybe not” questions to rest?

By analyzing the Y-chromosome DNA of descendants with the Bunyard surname, it may be possible to determine to which branch of this Bunyard family a living individual belongs, whether the various Bunyard lines are related, and ultimately connect James Beal Bunyard with his English relatives. The Bunyard surname is fortunate because, except for occasional misspellings, the name has not changed over the generations.

There are three known Bunyard immigrations to America from England.

         James Beal Bunyard arrived in March/April of 1764. He was transported and sold into seven years of servitude as a result of crimes charged at Old Bailey in London. His whereabouts are unknown between the times of his departure from London until his appearance in NC in 1778. An additional source of information for James Beal Bunyard is my web page on Bunyard Family History.

         Harry Bunyard was born in Maidstone, England in 1845 and came to America in 1891. He left his family in England and probably has no descendants in America unless they came separately in later years. Harry died in Bakersfield, CA in 1893.

         I am aware of one other Bunyard family who appears to have immigrated to America in the mid to late 1800s. It is possible these Bunyards originate from the same English bloodline – or not.

The availability of Y chromosome analysis now provides a way to determine direct male-to-male lineage, and this is the goal of the Bunyard DNA Project. How are your BUNYARD ancestors related to other families with the BUNYARD surname? How are the different BUNYARD family lines related? Are all BUNYARDs from an ancestral country related? Can a connection be made between the BUNYARDs from England and the BUNYARDs in America?

Which BUNYARD researchers should be collaborating because you share a common ancestor?

An analysis of the mutations in the Y-chromosome can also be used to estimate the "Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA)" in terms of number of generations since the separation occurred. This project could be the help you need to extend your genealogy research back generations.

Each participant is asked to submit Pedigree information to the site Project Administrator. This information should go back as far as has been documented on the male BUNYARD surname. Include as many birth and death dates and maiden names for spouses as possible. No personal information of persons living will be posted. Only male ancestors born prior to 1915 will be listed and identifying information will be assigned an ID number and will be the only identifying information anyone else sees, so no one other than the coordinator will know who participates in the study or which result is from which person. The portion of the DNA tested gives a distinctive "signature" for a lineage rather than for an individual, so there is no risk of this data being of any use to anyone for personal identity.

Y-DNA 37 marker test: $149 + p/h (recommended)


The Bunyard DNA Project is open to all families with this surname, of all spelling variations, and from all locations.  


(If your surname is not included please contact the Project Administrator.)


The following Spelling variations are also included in this project:

This SURNAME DNA PROJECT WEBSITE is provided by  (About us)

•       A Surname DNA Project is a group of genealogy researchers who share a surname, or a genetic link to the surname, and who join together to use yDNA testing, paper trails, and research to identify those with whom they share a common ancestor.

•       The aim for many participants is to identify a participant who "matches" their test results, and who can help them find the paper trail that leads further back up the family tree. When the DNA information is combined with family pedigrees and other relevant information, the full power of Genetic Genealogy is utilized.  In addition, yDNA tests cost less when you order them through a surname project at Family Tree DNA.

•       Click on the links in the black bar at the top of this page to view every page of the project's website. 

•       Of most interest to you initially are the project's PATRIARCH and y-RESULTS pages. 

•       You do NOT need to be registered or logged in to view any page of the project’s website, but you will need to log in to post on the forums and to use the "Make this a Favorite Project" link in the left column to create a link to the project's website each time you log in.

•       Click here to order a DNA test in The Bunyard DNA Project and become a member of this project.

•       Already tested at FTDNA?  Join the Project.

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