Phelps/Felps DNA Project
News 11/2013: If you have interest in FTDNA's latest YDNA test, The Big Y, you may want to review:
"What about the big Y" a good historic review http://dna-explained.com/2013/11/16/what-about-the-big-y/
"A Confusion of SNPs" http://cruwys.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/a-confusion-of-snps.html
We now have 17 biologically different Phelps YDNA tested lines and 126 tested Phelps men!.
What have we discovered through DNA testing?
New! One England Phelps line,William Phelps b. ca. 1593, England,has "crossed the pond" and found a YDNA matching Brit !
We have 17 biologically different Phelps lines (YDNA tested).
The four traditional Phelps lines of New England were not biologically related in recent historical times. There is no biological relationship between William and George Phelps of early New England.
Three southern lines, previously considered unrelated, are definitely biologically related and have a common ancestor: the lines of James Phelps d 1786 Caswell Co, NC; Thomas Phelps d 1751 - Albemarle, VA; and Thomas Felps d 1759 Baltimore Co., Md. A NC/VA Pond line is also related to them. Their haplogroup is a rare E1a1.
It is now evident that the James Phelps of Gates Co, NC line is not related to the Nicholas Phelps line of Perquimans Co. Y-DNA does not support it nor has any solid paper trail research concluded the likelihood. DNA testing also shows that the Phelps who trace back to Tyrrell Co, NC are not related to the early Phelps of Gates Co.
NEW! Recent testing shows the probable early James Phelps line of Chowan Co, NC IS related to the early Tyrrell Co Phelps.
None of the tested southern Phelps were YDNA related to the New England Phelps.
We now know there are several totally different biological Phelps lines with origins in VA, MD, and NC.
Be sure to visit the American Phelps Genealogies site, maintained by various "lineage coordinators. This site is more genealogy oriented.