French Broad River Families

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About us

We are a diversified y-DNA (plus) project with a goal of discovering and understanding the family relationships from the river highways of the Great Lakes and Northern Rivers, through Pennsylvania to the the early Western Carolinas valleys and rivers. The highways of early North America were the rivers and the river systems of the Western Carolinas, Virginia and the wider mid-Atlantic, north through the Niagara to Algonquin. Settlers came from all over and traveled and made homes along the water systems from the Atlantic, eventually to the Pacific and from the Tundra to the Gulf. We are a group of families and researchers who are those families and are using not only y-DNA, but also mt-DNA and au-DNA studies to identify and remember our families. Paper documentation and arrival records for the Atlantic and the Gulf might be scarce but as we test DNA we learn that some of the families who arrived in the American South did not come from across the pond in recent times but came from the north all the way to New France and today's Quebec, Canada. And with DNA we can begin to solve the mysteries of who were their fathers. Wilma Dykeman's research in her book, The French Broad, from 1955 will be part of the project foundation, and we hope, along with some records for early families of The New River, The Dan River, The Yadkin River, and The Catawba River if we can meet our goals of research. We are all helping each other, as long as we can remember to turn on the computer.