The purpose of the project is to use Y-DNA STR analysis to investigate the relationship between holders of the Bracey name found in several localities in England and the emigrant Bracey populations in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For information on document-based research into Bracey genealogy there is no better online resource than "The Bracey Family"at http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~eddunn/bracey/
English counties associated with the Bracey name
The spelling Brassey is most common in Cheshire. Early Brassey/Bracey locations were grouped in the east of the county in the settlements of Bulkeley, Buerton, Audlem, Wistaston, Bunbury, Tiverton,Malpas. The name is also recorded around Chester at Christleton, Waverton, Aldford and Bruera and later as far north as Birkenhead.
Medieval records show the Bracey name linked with Madresfield just to the east of the Malvern Hills.
From the sixteenth century Bracey locations were grouped in the south of the county particularly in the parishes of Frampton Cotterell, Almondsbury and Henbury. Later in the eighteenth century the name is found in several of the city parishes of Bristol.
The Bracey name has been recorded in London from the early medieval period to the present.
From at least the end of the eighteenth century Braceys have lived in the area of the county between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, particularly in parishes around Bergh Apton.
Medieval records show the Bracey name linked with Meole Brace just south of Shrewsbury.
This map plots these English localities,https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=212374263480287447234.0004d173e28bf5baab11c&msa=0&ll=52.762892,-2.263184&spn=7.195462,13.776855