Sons of Aodh

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January 29th   2015

Everyone visiting the site should PLEASE  check out the NEWS page for new story and pictures by Craig McKie................delightful about his ancestors in 1800s TASMANIA.




January 2015............Best wishes for a healthy  2015.......happiness is a bonus to be worked on daily.   



Please verify your SNP designation when you are visiting for the first time or haven't visited in some time..........let us know of corrections needed--Thanks



December 28   2014:

We have some new book links added under NEWS



The Sons of Aodh grew out of the need for some members to find a place................the members did not seem to fit any patterns and found no matches.

The FTDNA database was much is the hope of the SOA admins and co-admins that members will continue to seek the appropriate projects for their test results.

Specific surname and/or SNP projects are much better for the project member if available.


Haplogroup I

Members need to join the various SNP subgroups of the I....................

is just one and with a little searching google and wiki the other I subgroups can be located and joined.



Advanced SNPs for the haplogroups E, G and so on should look for SNP subgroups to advance personal research.



September 19 2014

A member of our group shared the following:

I just came across a copy of a book I did not know about. Its called
Medieval Gaelic Sources and its about the Annals and other associated
old documents from Ireland. People in the discussion groups sometimes
talk about the contents of the Annals, and they are now accessible to
anyone. But I did not know there was a book specifically about how the
old volumes came about, whats in them, etc.

I will put up a copy and make note of it on the SOA news section when
I have a moment.

Here you go...

Medieval Gaelic Sources
Katharine Simms

This short book is intended to serve as a practical guide to Gaelic
language sources (as opposed to administrative or ecclesiastical
records in Latin, French, or English) for the history of these
communities in the high Middle Ages, laying emphasis on published
texts for which English translations are available. Under six headings
(annals, genealogies, poems, prose tracts and sagas, legal material,
colophons and marginalia), it discusses not only the nature of the
sources themselves, the purpose for which they were originally
created, and their survival and availability to researchers, but also
how to glean usable historical information from them.

Katharine Simms is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Trinity
College Dublin.

132pp;Ills. Spring 2009
Catalogue Price: €35.00
Web Price:  FREE 


February 11 2014:     New book link added to the news section by Craig McKie.......some hard to find books given here on the NEWS Tab;

Added to SOA news component today:

I today put up a copy of  The Killing Fields of Scotland AD 73 to 1746
by R.J.M. Pugh. This is a clear, concise and easy to understand
account of armed combat in Scotland from Roman times until the debacle
at Culloden. It is in epub format.

"There are many ways to view EPUB files.  Some popular readers are:

EPUBReader Firefox Extension (Windows/Linux/Mac)
Adobe Digital Editions (Windows/Mac)
Calibre (Windows/Mac/Linux)"

I myself favour the Calibre presentation if for no other reason than
it builds and maintains a library, will read other formats such as
.mobi and remembers where you have got to in a book.

2014 offers several opportunities to advance your knowledge of your most recent common ancestors.

Today, 1-19-2014,   we have further testing available with the FTDNA BIG Y.........

..............National Geographic GENO2    Testing..........

..............and, in addition, several 3rd party advanced yDNA test results are being seen.

The folks finding themselves in the Sons of Aodh are the very members who are most likely to benefit from this advanced testing.  

Members of the SOA are best served when having tested to the max with their surname group before joining the SOA.    

Analysis on 12-25-37 yDNA test results  and,  in many cases,     67 marker test results yield no better or different results than you will receive in your surname group.

Once having joined the SOA you must consider advanced testing to improve your haplogroup assignment.

PLEASE USE TAB ON TOP BAR:  ********** JOIN REQUEST*********** to join this group.

...............Background for this project is to be found written by many family history researchers and our own FTDNA  pioneers in the new and ever changing Genetic Genealogy arena. 

...............Background comes from all those who have volunteered their time and spent a good bit of their hard earned funds in an ongoing effort to discover who they are and from whence came their ancestors and the modern day researchers who have given us the path to the future and the possibility to venture further back to ancient times because we now have yDNA to work with.

The Sons of Aodh are from ancient lands over many centuries.......

..........much, perhaps most,  of their past is a mystery yet to be proven.

..........The evolution of surnames is such that any Irish or Scot may claim to be a Son of Aodh.  Your surname can say one thing and your bloodline something else entirely.

..........Background will lead us to many very different surnames in use today and from all known and yet to be discovered SNPs.

.........The background has laid the foundation and we will build on that. 

PLEASE USE TAB ON TOP BAR:  ********** JOIN REQUEST*********** to join this group.

With a project as diverse as this one, with so many members in vastly different haplogroups, sometimes it is difficult to keep up with members' progress.  If you have tested positive for an SNP and you remain for a long time in a grouping that doesn't reflect your new SNP result, just send us an email to let us know of your recent discovery.  Thanks!