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Participating in the Stroud/Strode Y-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, 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 Spelling variations

·         Locates the genetic matches that do not share your common surname



Results Discussion


Although it is not the intent of the project, all of the participants included in the study so far are from the United States. Many of them believe their families originated in England, while at least one (S-7) believes his family may be German. Testing has revealed that these Strouds are not part of one big family. The results fall into more than one haplogroup. These haplogroups split apart long before the time surnames became established.  We are starting to see some common lineages emerge, as described below, and we have a number of individuals who don't yet have any matches. 


Haplogroup I1


I1 lineage 1

Two participants (S-1 and S-20) have a perfect match on 67 markers.  However, they have not yet discovered a common ancestor.  Both have traced back to ancestors who settled in southern parts of the USA in colonial times.


I1 lineage 2

Two participants (S-7 and S-23) have a perfect match on the 37 markers that they have tested in common.  Both have paper trails hinting at a connection to the Thomas Stroud (adult by 1770) family of New York.  However both have breaks in the paper trail.


Note on the Parnham result:

The participant has theorized that his surname Parnham may have come from the location of some of the early Dorset Strodes.  It's an interesting theory and worth exploring.  Here are his comments:


I am convinced that the Parnham/Perham families of Dorset and Somerset, England, were direct male descendents of the Strode family (or otherwise related to). This is possible, since they may have taken their surname from their place of residence, which was Parnham (Perham), Dorset, for quite some time. So the surname could have changed from Strode to Parnham etc, possibly.


I have had a DNA test on the Y dna and the conclusion from this was that my ancestors came from Norway (ie the I1a haplotype) and presumably came to England in 1066.   I have attached my test results for you to look at.


I have traced my lineage back to 1489 to a William Parnham who lived 108 years. He is mentioned in a will of Richard Lord Parnham (or Pnams) dated 1521 - I'm unsure where he got the 'Lord' from.



Haplogroup I2


Southeast USA I2b lineage

DNA testing has brought together a group of researchers who had no earlier idea that they were connected.  Several have taken the 67 marker test and they have been found to have a null value at marker DYS425.  This is an indicator that they belong to a clade that is believed to have branched off in England about 3870 years ago.  The following has been submitted by the primary researcher for DNA tester S-8:

Our Southeast USA DNA group comprises the families of Samuel Stroud (S-8) and Merrit Stroud (S-18), who had no known association prior to DNA testing.  Circumstantial evidence suggests Merrit may be a descendant of William Stroud (son of John and Hannah Stroud of Prince George County, Virginia) through his son, Peter.  Another Stroud, who reports that he is descended from William Stroud through son William Jr., appears to be a match to this DNA profile.  However, since he has taken a different version of the DNA test, we can only establish a match to Merrit and Samuel Stroud on 27 of 28 markers.   Our group also includes eight test subjects with the surname Griffin, and a handful of other surnames.  Several of the Griffins are from a family that settled in the Union County, North Carolina area in the late 1700s.  Two of our Griffins trace their ancestry back to William Griffin, born 1740 in Prince George Co., Virginia, son of Richard and Mary (Green) Griffin.  William Griffin married Elizabeth Stroud, a granddaughter of William Stroud.  How these families fit together has yet to be determined.  Additional tests from descendants of John and Hannah Stroud and of Richard and Mary Griffin will be needed to illuminate the origins of this complex family.

18th Century Massachusetts lineage

We have had a success story in establishing a connection between Joel Stroud of Ohio and Iowa USA and William Stroud of Massachusetts USA (S-9, S-10, S-11). This relationship was previously suggested by a paper trail with a few breaks.  Update 4-22-2011:  Nathaniel B. Stroud, b. c. 1806, New York, is also a member of this lineage.


Haplogroup R1b


Stroud/Burton lineage

Recent DNA testing of males with at least three different surnames has proven that there was a common ancestral link to all three.  This link has most likely occurred within the last three to four hundred years.  Historical research is ongoing and no firm conclusion can be drawn at this time regarding the identity of the common ancestor.  At present, it is thought that Archibald Stroud’s (S-12 on the results chart) biological father was a Burton.  There was a Burton descendent who was in Mecklenburg Co., VA  during this time frame.  He most likely carried the Hatcher DNA pattern.  If true, then DNA tests of Archibald’s maternal grandfather, John Stroud through his offspring would not match those of Archibald.

(update 10/27/09 – a descendant of John Stroud of Mecklenberg Co. VA (S-17) has been tested and does not match descendants of the Stroud/Burton lineage)



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