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The ultimate purpose of this page is to discuss our DNA results.


The Exley Project

More participation is needed in order to draw the meaningful conclusions that we seek.  However, the unassigned results--those that have no matches thus far (E-2, E-3, E-7, O-5, E-9), as well as the one family group with matches (E-1, E-4, E-6, E-8)--suggest that the Exley families represented thus far in the project are not related, although having the same surname.  These preliminary results support paper trail research that leads to the conclusion that there is not a common Oechsle ancestor because there were too many Oechsle (Oechslin or Oechslen) in the 1500s in the various southwestern German states in order for there to have been a single forebear.  Surnames at that time were only a few hundred years old. 

Also, the E-9 results initially confirm that the English Exleys are of different origins than the Exleys who trace their ancestry to Germany.  However, more participation is needed: the establishment of an English Exley lineage group, or groups, would be most helpful for more definitive conclusions.  This is true also for the unassigned results of Exleys with German ancestral origins.

The results of four project members who match genetically document the lineage and Y-DNA of John Michael Exley of Effingham County, GA, who died in 1813 (see Lineage Group One on the Results Page).  To extend the genetic documentation further back in time, participation by Oechsle in Germany would be helpful to the project.  We welcome participation by Oechsle in Germany--willkommen Oechsle in Deutschland--and also Exleys in England and around the world.  Simply said, more participation is needed by both Exleys and Oechsle, and also other related surnames, in order to achieve the meaningful results that we seek and to move the project forward.

We have much gratitude for all who have participated thus far.  Thank you all very much.


Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  • A report on the participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to the earliest known ancestor
  • A classification of the participant's "deep" ancestry, which gives insight into the prehistoric origins of your surname ancestors
  • A sense of camaraderie with all who participate in the Family Project, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry
  • Stimulation to family research and sharing of information
  • A wider sense of identity and relationship, as we begin to realize how much we are a World Family.
  • A chance to compare your genetic ancestry with those of the Surname and the Variant Spellings
  • Locates the genetic matches that do not share your common surname

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