Since Benbow is an occupational surname, it was expected that we would identify at least several different genetic groups, and we currently have three different haplogroups in the study. And some of the men within certain haplogroups are not related to each other.
We are continuing to recruit more members from various family lines of the Benbow surname, particularly those with roots in Wales and Shropshire.
While a surname itself may give us incomplete or misleading or, at best, only general information about the origin of a family, DNA-testing can give us concrete evidence for identifying and separating family lines. Y-chromosome DNA testing is especially helpful because the male Y-chromosome is handed down, father to son, unchanged through the generations, except for rare mutations which, in themselves, can be helpful indicators of branching.