DNA and Genealogy
Sometime between the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), about 14,000 years ago, and 1500 A.D., my paternal and maternal lines made the jump from mainland Europe across to what is now Great Britain.
Who were these people? Where did they come from? What hardships had they endured?
Like many others, I have always had more questions than answers concerning my family's history and origins. In the near-term (the last 400 years), I've been luckier than most, as I have a paper trail documenting a number of my ancestors to that time. Some of my ancestral lines go much farther back.
But what about 1,000 or 10,000 or even 40,000 years ago? Is it possible to determine the specific genetic pools and clans our ancestors belonged to?
Within the last decade many advances have been made in a new field of science termed Genetic Genealogy, which now makes it possible for everyone to delve much deeper into their family's genealogy. A world leader in this new and exciting field is Family Tree DNA, a company located in Houston, Texas, which also maintains the largest database of Y-DNA test results in the world.
Please take your time and browse through the following pages. There is much you might wish to consider. Links will be provided for those wanting to know more about their own families and as an aid in beginning their own explorations. Also included will be answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ's). To all on their own quest, I tip my hat and wish you luck along your journey.
This site is dedicated to my ancestors. Their struggles and triumphs made this possible.May God forever bless them and keep them.
This group was established to stimulate research and the sharing of information between its members. At the same time, its purpose is to also help develop a sense of camaraderie and shared common goals in the search for our ancestors, both in the near-term and distant past.
All family researchers of similarly-named families, such as Merrell, Murrell, Morrell and Merle, are urged to compare their family histories and Y-DNA test results with ours.
Feel free to post any queries you might have. If you have general questions about DNA testing or genealogical research, post them, and we will do our best to answer them or direct you to a site that will.
A warm welcome goes to all wishing to join our quest. If you are a Merrill family descendant, we urge you to share what you know about your family. We'll do our best to match you up with your proper patriarch.
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