The Ravenstonedale DNA Project is a y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA Geographical project for anyone descended from individuals known to have been living in Ravenstonedale in Westmorland, England BEFORE 1800.
If you have already had your DNA tested with Family Tree DNA as part of a surname project, a haplogroup project or another geographical project, AND you meet the criteria specified below, you are welcome to join this project too. There is no limit on the number of projects you can join.
New participants can order a 37 marker y-DNA test (to learn about their direct paternal line), a mtDNA test (to learn about their direct maternal line) or a Family Finder test (to learn about their genetic cousins and their deep ancestral origins).
PLEASE READ THIS MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU REQUEST TO JOIN:
Participants MUST provide the Project Administrator with a documented paper trail to an ancestor who lived in Ravenstonedale BEFORE 1800.
For yDNA tests, this must be through the direct paternal line
For mtDNA tests, this must be through the direct maternal line
For Family Finder tests, this can be any ancestor
As a guide, the SURNAMES shown below were all found in Ravenstonedale before 1600 (modern spellings are shown). To find out more about the project, please visit our Ravenstonedale DNA Project website.
ADAMTHWAITE, ALLATSON, ALDERSON, BAYLIFFE, BELL,BLAMIRE, BLAND, BLANKERNE, BLIRTHORNE, BONSELDE, BOVELL, BOUSFIELD, BOWNESS,CAUTLEY, CHAMBERLAIN, CLEMENT, COATLEY, COKE, COOK, CORNEY, CUMSTON, DENT,DUCKETT, EWBANK, FAWCETT, FOTHERGILL, GARTHWAIT, GOULDINTON, GRAINGER, GREEN,GUY, HEBLETHWAITE, HAISTWELL, HANDLEY, HALL, HEWETSON, HOLME, HUNTER, INMAN,JOHNSON, KNEWSTUBB, LONGHORN, LOVELL, MASON, MILNER, MOSS, MURTHWAIT, NELSON, NICHOLSON,PEACOCK, PARKE, PEARSON, PARKIN, PERKIN, PETTY, PEARES, PINDAR, RAKESTRAW,RICHARDSON, ROBERTSON, ROBINSON, ROGERSON, RUDD, SAWER, SHAW, SCAIFE, SPOONER,SWINBANK, TAYLOR, THOMPSON, THORNBOROUGH, TODD, TOWNSON, WALKER, WALLER, WARD,WHARTON, WHITEHEAD, WILKINSON, WILSON
However, some of these surnames are found in many parts of northern England. We can only accept members who are able to demonstrate their connection with the parish of Ravenstonedale through traditional genealogical research.
The 'Surnames' link on the left will take you to a list of Ravenstonedale surnames that we are particularly interested in, with the numbers of current project members that have ancestors holding these surnames in their pedigrees. Most of us in the Family Finder part of the project have ancestors in several of the old families!