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About us

The Kinsman [and Kingsman, and Kingman, and Kinman] Surname Project welcomes anyone who is interested in working together to find their common heritage through sharing information obtained from traditional genealogical records, such as wills, Census records, Family Records, and oral tradition combined with the powerful tool of DNA testing.

The surnames in this DNA Project are being researched as part of the Kin(g)(s)man one-name study. You can learn more about this significant research, and the associated family trees, by visiting the one-name study web site, at the Guild of One Name Studies, Kingsman profile page, or at our main Kin(g)(s)man Family Lines website, or you can contact me direct using the Group admin e-mail link above.

Name mutations are always interesting and there are several instances where the traditional paper trail suggests that Kingsman has been changed to Kinsman and vice versa, and Kinman similarly to Kingman. So far we have confirmation of one of these changes where a branch of Kinsman of New York, USA shares the same DNA with the Kingsman family of Wiltshire, England. More donors would help us explore some of the other believed changes.

Sometimes these studies can throw up surprise results, for instance, we would never had guessed that the family of Kingsmill in Kent, England shared a link with the Kingsman family of Scotland, but a really good DNA match prompted us to look further and sure enough the first Kingsman in Scotland appears on documents in the early 1800s using both names.

We are actively researching all of these families that fall within the overall name structure of Kin**man and have details of major branches of these names in America, Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand as well as throughout the UK, from where they generally originated. There are also some surprise "twiglets" that have cropped up, such as Mexico and China, and a few interesting branches where a name has been anglicised, such as a Dutch South-African Kingma becoming Kingman on a move to Australia. One big aspect of the study is working out the links back to the first emigrant, where did they come from and how do they link into the big picture. A yDNA profile can help a lot in working this part out.

For example, using DNA testing we have now established a definite relationship between the Kingsman family of Wiltshire, England (traced back to the early 1500s) and the family of Asa Kinsman of New York, USA (Asa being born there about 1820).

If you have any questions or want to explore your relationship with these families, please get in touch.