|Posted by Cheryl Nicol on September 11, 2011 at 8:35 PM||comments (5)|
The first family of Longs in England after the arrival of William the Conquerer are believed to have established themselves in Wiltshire, and are probably the progenitors of many branches which spread throughout the country (besides those already noted on the pedigree charts).
For many Long family researchers - not only those in America descended from English colonists, but any family with Long English roots - comparing DNA with other project participants might be the only sure way of establishing a connection to a particular ancestral line.
My Wiltshire line is one of only two known to descend from Long of Semington, Whaddon, Monkton, Rood Ashton and Monkton Farleigh which still has living male members - a criteria for the most reliable DNA test results. The assumption in the 19th century (based on written wills and other circumstantial evidence) that we also descend from a younger brother in the Wraxall line may never be proven conclusively, however the early Longs themselves appear to have believed in the connection.
The good news for researchers is that one of my brothers will be joining the Long DNA project, and so for the first time it will be possible to compare DNA with a Wiltshire descendant.
The administrator of the Long DNA project is Bill Long and the URL of the project website is http://www.longdna.com
Calling all Longs...
The more Longs who get involved, the greater the likelihood of discovering the origins of the extended family line, so if you are male or have a male Long relative, the project needs you. The project uses the Family Tree DNA website http://familytreedna.com/ which is well organised and recommended by reviewers. Contact Bill Long through his website.
|Posted by Cheryl Nicol on August 18, 2011 at 5:55 AM||comments (3)|
The DNA tests are currently pending lab results for my brother and the results should be available mid-October 2011.