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

Lineage 1 has at present, ten family trees that share a common ancestor.

Lineage 1 is a part of the Haplogroup R1b - the most common in Europe. It is believed to have expanded throughout Europe as humans re-colonized after the last glacial maximum 10-12 thousand years ago. About 40% of all men who trace their orgins to Europe are R1b.

The test results indicate the seven members of these Parkison and Parkinson lines shared a common ancestor. Most likely in Ireland as we know from our genealogy research, the two lines came to the United States over a hundred years apart. Members of the group are descendants of the sons William and Margaret Parkison of Carlisle, Cumberland County Pennsylvania, Richard Parkeson of Lancaster County Pennsylvania,  Edward and Maria Parkison of York County Pennsylvania, and Edward Parkinson of Inch, County Down, Ireland.

The earliest known ancestor of the Parkinson family in Lineage 1, is Edward Parkinson, b. c. 1693,  Inch, Down, Ireland. The Parkison families, William Parkison, d. 1802, of Pennsylvania,  Edward Parkison, d. 1755, York, Pennsylvania, Richard Parkeson d. 1744, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and John Parkison, b. c. 1770 of Warren County, Ohio.

From our genealogy research it appears that it is likely our common ancestor was an Ulster Scot. Our Parkison ancestors came to the United States some time prior to the middle 1700's, and the Parkinson line, over a hundred years later.  Possibly Edward Parkinson of Ireland is the shared common ancestor, although nothing is certain at this point in time.


Lineage 2 is a part of the Haplogroup I1.  This Haplogroup migrated to the Scandinavin  Peninsula after the Ice Age.  The ancestors of this group may have been Vikings that raided into the British Isles.

The earliest known ancestor of this group, John Franklyn Parkinson came to South Carolina from Ireland in the early to mid 1700s. The descendants of his son Dennis, at some point began to use Parkerson as their surname. ( Thanks to Tom Parkinson for his research into this  line)

Lineage 3 is a part of the Haplogroup I.  Earliest known ancestor of this lineage was born in Down County Ireland

In The Unmatched R1b2 Group, is a descendant of James Parkinson, born 1754 in St.Michaels on Wyre, Lancashire, England and another of Edward Parkinson (1718-1831) of Digberth, Birmingham, England.

We have a total of seven unmatched  members in the  project. These appear to be a unrelated to Lineages 1, 2 and 3.


Feel free to discuss this project on the Parkison Family Forum

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  • A report on the participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to the earliest known ancestor
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