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17 Nov 2019


Changes were made to the Colorized grouping on the genetics results page. Results of Big Y 700 has helped to illuminate match differences.



7 August 2016


Some changes were made to grouping of Windham kit results, reflected on the genetic results page.  The "Results" page of the public webpage shows thumbnail information of lineage, provided by individual members for their kit number.  Kits need a minimum of 37 markers tested to be placed into a group.



1 September 2015


Some updates were made to the public webpages today, including a suggestion for members to take advantage of the new backbone SNP package, which is offered to those whose haplogroup would qualify for the testing. It is offered at a reasonable price. It is hoped that some members will take advantage of it. One new goal it to update haplogroup testing with the project, this offers an excellent way to do this.



19 Oct 2014


FTDNA held its Decennial Conference October 10-12, in Houston, Texas for project administrators. There were a number of very interesting speakers at the conference. The buzz right now is on Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP, pronounced snip; plural snips). FTDNA launched its BIG Y testing last year. With that testing has come the identification of many more SNPs. The identification of these SNPS has been changing the look of the haplogroup tree. What once was considered ancient DNA is now becoming closer to relevant genealogical times. At some point these SNPs may overlap the Short Tandem Repeats (STRs), the markers we use to compare Windham males. You can learn more about these in the Webinars provided at FTDNA. These webinars are free to you. You can locate them in the learning center.


CeCe Moore was presented with the 2014 Genealogist of the Year award. Some of you may have heard of her from the PBS show, Finding Your Roots, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., where she is a consultant for the DNA portion of the show. She provided an interesting presentation of results of mitochondrial testing for one of her clients. This was especially interesting because the results were so specific, they were able to narrow down her client's maternal lineage to a small population of people.


Jim Bartlett had one of the more interesting presentations. He gave a how-to on how to use autosomal testing from Family Finder results to make matches and even break through brick walls. The presentation was so popular, people asked that it be placed on the FTDNA website. I didn't see it listed yet, but I would check to find it. If you are using Family Finder to find matches, his presentation is invaluable.


It is very clear that FTDNA is committed to being at the cutting edge of genetic genealogy, and committed to being at the forefront of DNA testing for genetic genealogy purposes.



16 Oct 2014


Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D. was added as Administrator to the project.


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18 Jul 2010
A new DNA participant joined our Windham Family DNA Project, yesterday. New DNA participant #58330 is a descendant of John Windham, Jr., who was born circa 1785 in Darlington District, South Carolina, and died 04 Jan 1836 in Dale County, Alabama. This John Windham, Jr., married Virginia 'Ginny' Jane Bartlett. The 67 marker Y-DNA test results of new DNA participant #58330 has been posted to both the 'Results' and the 'Y-DNA Results' tabs/pages on this Windham Family DNA Project. DNA participant #58330 has been placed into our Group 02 Green Color Group where he belongs. Go to both the 'Results' and the 'Y-DNA Results' tabs/pages on this Windham Family DNA Project for more information on new DNA participant #58330
24 Jun 2010...
The 67 marker Y-DNA test results of new DNA participant #178946 has, today, been posted to both the 'Results' and the 'Y-DNA Results' tabs/pages on this Windham Family DNA Project. As expected, DNA participant #178946 has been placed into our Group 01 Khaki Color Group. Go to both the 'Results' and the 'Y-DNA Results' tabs/pages on this Windham Family DNA Project for more information on new DNA participant #178946
16 May 2010...
We have a new DNA participant (#178946) who has recently joined our Windham Family DNA Project. DNA participant #178946 returned his 67 marker Y-DNA kit to Family Tree DNA at Houston, Texas, on 12 May 2010. After processing by Family Tree DNA, we can expect his results to be posted on this Windham Family DNA Project by about mid-June 2010. New DNA Participant #178946 descends from Samuel B. Windham born about 1769 in Virginia, therefore, we expect that his final test results will place him in our Group 01 Khaki Color Group. After about one month (about mid-June 2010) see both the 'Results' and 'Y-DMA Results' tab/page on this Windham Family DNA Project for more information about new DNA participant #178946
04 Apr 2010...
How is the surname Windham, Wyndham, or Wymondham pronounced? All three (3) of the above variations of our surname are pronounced the exact same. Some of the other variations of Windham (for example: ‘Windom’) are pronounced differently, but for now, I am just writing only about Windham, Wyndham, or Wymondham. How many times have you heard someone say: ‘Mr. (or Mrs.) Wind-ham’? Whenever that happens, it is perfectly acceptable to politely correct them……but, how do you explain in words, how our name is properly pronounced? It is especially harder to ‘write’ an explanation than it is to ‘talk’ an explanation. First, it helps to understand that the proper pronunciation comes from the ‘old’ English pronunciations. I guess a case could be made that if we used ‘new’ English (whatever that is) to pronounce our surname, then ‘Wind-ham’ would be acceptable, but old English pronunciation should be used, therefore, ‘Wind-ham’ is not acceptable. I think the proper old English way to pronounce it is: ‘Win-dem’ Pronouncing it: ‘Win-dum’ is close, but I think pronouncing it ‘Win-dem’ is the way it was intended to be pronounced in old English. The ‘h’ should always be silent. The first part of the name, ‘Wind’, should not be pronounced ‘Wind’ but instead pronounce it as ‘Win’. So using the above guidelines: The first part of the pronunciation is ‘Win’ and the second part of the surname is ‘dham’. Remember that the ‘h’ is always silent when pronouncing the surname Windham in old English, so that leaves ‘dam’ when pronouncing it. But that’s still not all when considering old English pronunciation of Windham. In old English the ‘a’ in ‘dam’ is what’s known as a ‘shortened vowel’ that is pronounced (in old English) as an ‘e’. Therefore, our Windham surname is properly pronounced: ‘Win-dem’ So, there you go……..explain it just like that to every future telephone solicitor who calls you on the phone and asks for: “Mr. Wind-ham”… John B. Windham
03 Jan 2010...
We have a new DNA participant in our Windham Family DNA Project. New DNA participant #165176 has recently joined our Windham Family DNA Project. The most distant known ancestor of participant #165176 is James Gilbert who was born about 1825 in Georgia. James' father (name unknown) was probably born in South Carolina. James Gilbert (b. ca.1825) is found in the 1850 Cherokee County, Georgia, federal census. James Gilbert, born ca.1825, moved from Cherokee County, Georgia, to DeKalb County, Alabama, by the 1860 federal census. New DNA Participant #165176 has been placed in Group 01 Khaki Color Group where he belongs. See both the 'Results' and 'Y-DMA Results' tab/page on this Windham Family DNA Project for more information about new DNA participant #165176
26 Sep 2009...
We have a new DNA participant in our Windham Family DNA Project. New DNA participant #149014 has recently joined our Windham Family DNA Project. New DNA Participant #149014 descends from George Windham born about 1799 in South Carolina and his wife, Harriet C. May born about 1811 in South Carolina through their son, Henry Louis Windham who was born 21 Dec 1844 in Alabama. George Windham (b.about 1799) is listed in the 1850 Greene County, Alabama, federal census with his wife, Harriet, and their family. New DNA Participant #149014 has been placed in Group 02 Green Color Group where he belongs. See both the 'Results' and 'Y-DNA Results' tab/page on this Windham Family DNA Project for more information about new DNA participant #149014
10 Mar 2009...
New DNA participant #132144 has joined our Windham Family DNA Project. New DNA Participant #132144 descends from John Windham born 05 Sep 1784 in South Carolina and his wife, Elizabeth James born 03 Oct 1788 in South Carolina. This John Windham (b.1784) died between 1850 and 1860 in the Crowell Community, Crawford or Talyor County, Georgia (the area where he lived fell into Taylor County in 1852). This is the second DNA participant we have in our Windham Family DNA Project who is descended from John Windham born 1784 SC. New DNA Participant #132144 has been placed in Group 01 Khaki Color Group where he belongs. See both the 'Results' and 'Y-DMA Results' tab/page on this Windham Family DNA Project for more information about new DNA participant #132144
08 Mar 2009...
We have a new DNA participant in our Windham Family DNA Project. New DNA participant #143428 descends from Samuel B. Windham born circa 1769 and his wife Leah Blake, through Samuel's son, Benjamin B. Windham born about 1805 in Jackson County, Georgia. This Benjamin B. Windham married Charlotte Sproles in Wilcox County, Alabama, and they moved to Neshoba County, Mississippi, in the mid-1830s. New DNA participant #143425 descends from Samuel S. Windham (born 1836) who was a son of Benjamin B. Windham and his wife, Charlotte Sproles. New DNA participant #143428 has been placed in Group 01 Khaki Color Group where he belongs. See both the 'Results' and 'Y-DMA Results' tab/page for more information about new DNA participant #143428.
25 Feb 2009...
Some of you Windham researchers may be interested in learning if your ancestors were Native American ('Indian'). If so, read the following for a way to learn. (begin Family Tree DNA quote) Case Studies in Genetic Genealogy -------------------------------- In each issue of the newsletter, we present a situation which you may encounter as you utilize Genetic Genealogy testing for your family history research, followed by our recommendation. Case Study ========== Do your tests determine the presence of Native American ancestry? If so, which test? In my family tree, there is a rumor of Native American ancestry. Results from such a test would help us to prove or disprove such a rumor. Recommendation ============== Both a Y-DNA test and a mtDNA test will indicate if there is Native American ancestry in the direct line tested, either the direct male line or the direct female line. The typical problem is that the Native American ancestry has crossed a direct line. For example, your father's mother's father is the direct male line for Native American ancestry. In that case, if your father's direct male line or direct female line was tested, neither would show Native American ancestry, unless these direct lines had unknown Native American ancestry. To test the Native American lineage from your father's mother's father, you would need to find a direct male descendent of this man, such as from his sons or his brothers. If it is not known which direct line is Native American for your father's mother's father, testing both his direct male line and his direct female line would tell you if either were of Native American ancestry. Native American ancestry is determined by the haplogroup of the Y-DNA or mtDNA test results, and represents the ancestry of either a direct male line (Y-DNA) or a direct female line (mtDNA). Both males and females inherit mtDNA, though only females pass it on. Therefore, a male will have his mother's mtDNA. (From the newsletter: Facts & Genes Volume 8 Issue 1 Copyright 2009, Family Tree DNA). (end Family Tree DNA quote)
10 Feb 2009...
The test results for the 37 marker DNA test for new DNA participant #140800 (see the 21 Dec 2008 News announcement) were completed, today, by Family Tree DNA of Houston and the test results were posted to the Y-DNA Results tab/page of this Windham Family DNA Project. Before, new DNA participant #140800 could only trace his Windham lineage back to Benjamin Eli Windom who was born 06 May 1861 in Alabama. Now, thanks to this Windham Family DNA Project and DNA testing, participant #140800 can now connect his Windham lineage back to Charles Windham who was born about 1709 in England. That is the kind of proven benefit we all hope for, when we use DNA testing to advance the knowledge of our Windham family ancestry. Congratulations participant #140800!......on an amazing breakthrough of learning about your Windham family tree. New participant #140800 closely matches the DNA participants who are presently in Group 06 Orange Color , therefore, #140800 has been placed into Group 06 Orange Color where he belongs. Other participants in Group 06 Orange Color have firm paper-trail Windham lineages all the way back to Major Amos Windham of Revolutionary War fame who was born in South Carolina in 1741. These other DNA participants trace their Windham lineage via Amos's son, Daniel Windham, who was born in Cheraw District, South Carolina in 1769 and lived in the Darlington District/County area of South Carolina before moving to Dale County, Alabama, before 1830. Elias (Eli) Windham and Robert Godfrey Windham (brothers to each other) who were two known sons of Daniel Windham, born 1769, moved from the Darlington area of South Carolina, to Dale County, Alabama, and Pike County, Alabama. Elias (Eli) Windham, born 1795, moved from South Carolina to Pike County, Alabama, before 1830 and Eli's brother, Robert Godfrey Windham, born 1805, first moved from South Carolina to Dale County, Alabama, before 1830 and he then later joined his brother, Eli, to live in Pike County, Alabama. Participant #140800's known Windom ancestor, Benjamin Eli Windom, almost certainly descends from , Elias (Eli) Windham, born 1795 or Robert Godfrey Windham, born 1805, both of Pike County, Alabama. It seems to this writer that Elias (Eli) Windham, born 1795, of Pike County, Alabama, is the most logical prospect to be Benjamin Eli Windom's ancestor. Notice what else we have learned from DNA testing and this Windham Family DNA Project........that is......Benjamin Eli Windom's real name is 'Windham', not 'Windom'. Now, thanks to this Windham Family DNA Project and DNA testing, all participant #140800 has to research is the short gap between Benjamin Eli Windom (born 1861) of Texas and Elias (Eli) Windham, born 1795 of Pike County, Alabama, to more-prove that almost certain connection.
28 Jan 2009...
The full 37 marker test results for DNA participant #130417 (see News announcement for 22 Dec 2008) were posted, today, on the 'Y-DNA Results' tab/page of our Windham Family DNA Project. The DNA test results for participant #130417 does not match any other Group presently in our Windham Family DNA Project. Due to the huge DNA marker mismatches, participant #130417 cannot be related to any other Windham family in our Windham Family DNA Project. Therefore, Kit #130417 has been placed in a Group (Group 05 Gray Color). See both the 'Results' tab/page and the 'Y-DNA Results' tab/page of this Windham Family DNA Project for the DNA results and additional information about his Windham ancestry.
22 Dec 2008...
Today, the kit of new DNA particpant #130417 was received at Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) in Houston, Texas, for processing. It takes about four to five weeks to process the DNA test results, therefore, we should have the test results completed and posted on this Windham Family DNA Project by about the end of January 2009 or by the first week in February 2009. The most distant known ancestor of DNA participant #130417 is James Andrew Windham (in some records he is listed as John A. Windham). We do not know the date of birth of this James (or John) Andrew Windham but going by his wife's age, he probably was born about 1818 to 1820. He died about 1849 in Carroll County, Mississippi. He married 19 Oct 1840 in Carroll County, Mississippi, to Elizabeth Vance. Elizabeth Vance was born about 1822 in South Carolina and died probably between 1850 and 1860 because she is not listed in the 1860 census and all her children are listed living with other families. James (or John) Andrew Windham and his wife Elizabeth Vance had five (5) children, four (4) sons and one (1) daughter. Their children are:
  • John C. Windham born about 1842
  • William C. Windham born about 1843 and is buried at Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, Montgomery County, Mississippi.
  • Mary Absilla Windham born 24 Feb 1845 and died 30 May 1919 at Grenada, Mississippi.
  • George Gray Windham born 23 Dec 1846 and died 19 Jun 1924
  • Miquael 'Mike' C. Windham born Jan 1849 and died 03 Aug 1909
New DNA participant #130417 is descended from the fifth child, Miquael 'Mike' C. Windham born in 1849.
21 Dec 2008...
Several days ago, the kit of new DNA particpant #140800 was received back at the processing lab of Family Tree DNA at Houston, Texas. Participant #140800 is a descendant of Benjamin Eli Windom who was born 06 May 1861 in Alabama. This Benjamin Eli Windom was living in San Saba County, Texas, in both the 1900 and 1910 Federal Censuses. It is not known for certain who is the father of this Benjamin Eli Windom (born 1861) but there are indications that his father may be Elia/Elias Windom/Windham born somewhere in Alabama about 1841. We expect the completed results of this kit #140800 to be posted to this Windham Family DNA Project about mid-January 2009
03 Dec 2008...
Today, the final 37 markers of the Y-DNA test for Kit #132581 were posted to the 'Y Results' of this Windham Family DNA Project. (see the 21 Oct 2008 'News' announcement) DNA participant #132581 has a firm paper-trail lineage back to Major Amos Windham, Revolutionary War soldier, and then on back to Charles Windham who was born estimated 1709 in England. This Y-DNA participant #132581 is placed in our Group 06 Orange Color Group where he belongs. (see both the 'Results' tab/section and the 'Y Results' tabs/section of this Windham Family DNA Project for more details about participant #132581) The paper-trail ancestor lineage of this new participant #132581 is as follows:
  • His 1st Great-Grandfather: Robert C. Windham born about 1857 in Copiah County, Mississippi
  • His 2nd Great-Grandfather: Stokley M. Windham born about 1834 in Pike County, Alabama. He died as a Confederate Soldier in the War Between the States Battle of Port Hudson, LA, in the summer of 1863
  • His 3rd Great-Grandfather: Robert Godfrey Windham born about 1805 in Darlington County, South Carolina. He moved from Pike County, Alabama, to Copiah County, Mississippi, about 1838
  • His 4th Great-Grandfather: Daniel Windham, Sr. born 1769 married 1st (--?--) Mathis/Matthews, married 2nd Sarah Dawsey
  • His 5th Great-Grandfather: Amos Windham (Revolutionary War Soldier) born 11 Nov 1741 Prince Frederick Parish, Craven County, SC
  • His 6th Great-Grandfather: Charles Windham born about 1709 in England (place of birth has not been proven)
This is the fourth (4th) DNA participant with a paper trail lineage back to Charles Windham (born about 1709) and his son, Amos Windham the Revolutionary Soldier. For many years in the past, prior thinking has been that all the Windhams of the Darlington District/County, South Carolina, area were descended from Charles Windham born estimated 1709 and then many, if not all, these Darlington District/County Windhams were descended from Charles’ son, Major Amos Windham, of Revolutionary War fame. With the new advent of DNA testing, we are now able to begin to prove or disprove this theory. We have a group of DNA participants who are descended from the Darlington District Windhams and some of these participants do , yet, have a paper-trail lineage back to Major Amos Windham. However, a recent new DNA participant (#132642) a firm paper-trail lineage back to Major Amos Windham and he match Y-DNA with these other DNA participants in Group 02 (Green Color Group) who do not yet have a paper-trail back to Major Amos Windham. This proves that these DNA participants in this Group 02 (Green Color Group) are Y-DNA biologically related to each other. Using their DNA test results, all these DNA participants of Darlington Windhams (including the ones who do not yet have a paper-trail back to Major Amos Windham the one (#132642) who does have a paper-trail back to Major Amos Windham) are placed in Group 02 (Green Color Group). We have a group (#72039, #54815, and #132581) of DNA participants who are descended from the Darlington District Windhams and all three (3) of these participants a firm paper-trail lineage back to Major Amos Windham. Using their DNA test results, this group of Darlington Windhams are placed in Group 06 (Orange Color Group).Important......There is a conflict! These two different groups (Group 02,Green Color Group and Group 06 Orange Color Group) do match in Y-DNA and the probability that they shared a common ancestor within the last 12 generations (300 years) is only 2.16%. (Source: FTDNATiP™ calculations by Family Tree DNA of Houston). The DNA test results indicate that these two different groups (Group 02,Green Color Group and Group 06 Orange Color Group) probably are not related (this is...do have a common ancestor) in the last thousands of years. The writer takes this to mean that some Darlington District Windhams are biologically descended by Y-DNA from Major Amos Windham and some Darlington District Windhams are biologically descended by Y-DNA from Major Amos Windham. Unfortunately, it is not known which of the two Groups (Group 02,Green Color Group or Group 06 Orange Color Group) are the true, biological, Y-DNA descendants of Major Amos Windham. The writer believes nobody can accurately say that one of the two Groups (Group 02,Green Color Group or Group 06 Orange Color Group) has a more legitimate claim over being biologically, Y-DNA descended from Major Amos Windham than the other Group. The writer believes each Group has the same legitimacy of claim, as does the other Group. In other words, there is a conflict (that is....both are claiming the Major Amos Windham) when both Groups cannot possibly be biologically, Y-DNA descended from the same Amos Windham.
18 Nov 2008...
A new DNA participant joined our Windham Family DNA Project, today. This new DNA participant is Kit #129679 and he descends from the early Nottoway Parish, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Windhams who moved to Tyrrell County, North Carolna, from Virginia before 1750. From Tyrrell County, North Carolina, these Windhams moved to Pitt County, North Carolina, and then evenually they moved to Wilson, Wayne, Wake and Johnson Counties, North Carolina. Some of the North Carolina Windhams also later moved to other Southern States. The 2nd Great-Grandfather of this new DNA participant #129679 is John Windham who was born about 1795 probably in Pitt County, North Carolina, This John Windham (born about 1795) married Sarah who was born about 1817. John is listed in the 1850 Johnston County, North Carolina, census with his large family and his profession is listed as a carpenter in the 1850 census. The 1st Great-Grandfather of participant #129679 is William Windham born 1849 in Johnson County, North Carolina. This William Windham married in October 1869 to Elizabeth Raspberry who was born in 1849. This William is listed on the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Wilson County, North Carolina. This new DNA participant matches DNA test markers of all the other participants in the Group 01 Khaki Color Group, therefore, he is placed in the Group 01 Khaki Color Group in the 'Results' tab/section and 'Y Results' tab/section of this Windham Family DNA Project. For more detailed informaton on participant #129679, go to the 'Results' tab/section of this Windham Family DNA project and look under the Group 01 Khaki Color Group/
18 Nov 2008...
The remaining (see the 13 Nov 2008 News announcement) 13 to 37 markers of new DNA participant #132642 have been posted to the 'Y Results' tab/section of this Windham Family DNA Project. As expected, the full 37 marker test results confirm that new DNA participant #132642 belongs where we had placed him after his first 12 marker results were posted on 13 Nov 2008, that is.....he belongs in Group 02 (Green Color Group).
13 Nov 2008...

Partial test results (the first 12 markers of his 37 markers order) of new DNA participant #132642 have been completed and posted to the 'Y Results' section/tab of this Windham Family DNA Project. We must wait until the full 37 marker test results are completed to be sure, but already, it appears that this new DNA participnat #132642 will be closely related to Group 02 (Green Color Group). For many years in the past, prior thinking has been that all the Windhams of the Darlington District/County, South Carolina, were descended from Charles Windham who was born estimated 1709 and then many, if not all, these Darlington District/County Windhams were descended from Charles’ son, Major Amos Windham, of Revolutionary War fame. With the new advent of DNA testing, we are now able to begin to prove or disprove this theory. We have a group of DNA participants who are descended from the Darlington District Windhams and some of these participants do , yet, have a paper-trail lineage back to Major Amos Windham. However, recent new DNA participant (#132642) have a firm paper-trail lineage back to Major Amos Windham and he match DNA with these other DNA participants in Group 02 (Green Color Group) who do not yet have a paper-trail back to Major Amos Windham. This proves that these DNA participants in this Group 02 (Green Color Group) are Y-DNA biologically related to each other. Using their DNA test results, all these DNA participants of Darlington Windhams (including the ones who do not yet have a paper-trail back to Major Amos Windham the one (#132642) who does have a paper-trail back to Major Amos Windham) are placed in Group 02 (Green Color Group). We have a (#72039 and #54815) group of DNA participants who are descended from the Darlington District Windhams and both these participants have a firm paper-trail lineage back to Major Amos Windham. Using their DNA test results, this group of Darlington Windhams are placed in Group 06 (Orange Color Group). Important...... These two different groups (Group 02,Green Color Group and Group 06 Orange Color Group) do match in Y-DNA and the probability that they shared a common ancestor within the last 12 generations (300 years) is only 2.16%. (Source: FTDNATiP™ calculations by Family Tree DNA of Houston). The DNA test results indicate that these two different groups (Group 02 Green Color Group and Group 06 Orange Color Group) probably are not related (this is...do have a common Y-DNA ancestor) in the last thousands of years. This writer takes this to mean that some Darlington District Windhams are biologically descended by Y-DNA from Major Amos Windham and some Darlington District Windhams are biologically descended by Y-DNA from Major Amos Windham. So, what does all this mean? Well, it means that there are two (2) separate and distinct Groups, Group 02 (Green Color Group) and Group 06 (Orange Color Group) who are claiming a paper-trail lineage back to Major Amos Windham (and to his father, Charles Windham born est. 1709). Y-DNA test results for the two separate Groups prove that both these two Groups cannot be Y-DNA related (that is, both Groups cannot be biologically Y-DNA descended from Major Amos Windham). We still have the test results of 25 more DNA markers (37 ordered markers minus the 12 already completed markers) to be completed on new DNA participant #132642. Then toward the end of this November, we expect the completed test results of another new DNA participant (#132581) who also, has a very firm paper-trail descent back to Major Amos Windham. Stay tuned to this Windham Family DNA Project for more proof data to help determine which of these two Groups (Group 02 Green Color Group or Group 06 Orange Color Group) is most likely the actual biological Y-DNA descendants of Major Amos Windham of Darlington District/County, South Carolina. If you have opinions, questions or comments about these Darlington Windhams, contact: John B. Windham j.b.windham@cox.net Metairie, Louisiana.


25 Oct 2008...
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED.......... Using DNA to help prove our Windham ancestors is an excellent tool. The DNA test results are always listed by 'kit number' and by 'most distant known ancestor', and never listed by the name of the person being DNA tested. The main problem for most, is the cost of completing a DNA test. It cost $153.00 ($149. for the 37 marker DNA test kit plus $4. for shipping). These are Windham Group prices....kit prices are higher if ordered outside of the Group, as an individual. There are four (4) ways that you can help by getting involved. We ask that you consider participating in one of the following ways:
  1. If you are a male Windham, you can purchase a $153, test kit and have yourself DNA tested.
  2. If you are an interested female, you can purchase a $153. test kit and have a male Windham (your brother, cousin, uncle, grand-uncle, etc.) of your choosing, to be DNA tested. If you are a female 'Windham' and do not know of a male Windham in your Windham family (branch) lineage, then I can probably help you find a male Windham who is in your Windham (branch) line to do the DNA test.
  3. If you are an interested Windham family researcher (male or female), presently who has the Windham surname, or NOT..........you can agree to contribute a portion of the total cost of a 37 marker test. Presently we have three (3) interested Windham family researchers (I am one of the three) who has agreed to split (that is, share) the cost of a 37 marker DNA test for a selected male Windham who we would like to have DNA tested. Presently with just three of us participating, each of us only pays $51.00 for each selected male Windham who we get to take the Windham DNA test. If we could get just one more person who is willing to help us on this project, then each of those new numbers of four participants would only have to put up $38.25 each ($153 divided by 4). Understand, this interested group of Windham researchers does NOT pay for a DNA test for just any male Windham who wants to take the test. We pay only for DNA test for Selected, by us, male Windhams. Usually this would be for a male Windham who is from a Windham 'branch' who does not already have a completed test for his Windham 'branch'. If you are willing to contribute as one of four (or maybe five) interested Windham researchers, then please contact me. If you join this elite, special, group, you can opt-out of this group and your commitment, ANYTIME in the future.
  4. You can contribute any dollar amount to the General Fund of the Windham Family DNA Project (also known as WindhamAndVariants DNA Project). Contributions to the General Fund of the Windham Family (also known as WindhamAndVariants DNA Project) will be used to DNA test one more male Windham and the results will be posted on this Windham Family DNA Project website. If you would like to make a contribution to the General Fund of the Windham Family DNA Project (also known as WindhamAndVariants DNA Project), there are three ways to do it:
    • Credit Card
    • PayPal
    • Mail
    If you would like to contribute (ANY amount is appreciated) to the General Fund of the Windham Family DNA Project (also known as WindhamAndVariants DNA Project), left-mouse click on the following hyperlink: Contribute to Windham Family DNA Project. When asked for the name of the DNA project that you want to contribute to, type in: "Windham Family DNA Project (also known as WindhamAndVariants DNA Project)", without the quotation marks.
21 Oct 2008...
The completed DNA kit for new DNA participant #132581 has been received for processing back at the laboratory of Family Tree DNA in Houston, Texas. We can expect the test results of this new DNA participant #132581 to be posted on this Windham Family DNA Project in about five weeks, which is about the last week in November 2008. The paper-trail ancestor lineage of this new participant #132581 is as follows:
  • His 1st Great-Grandfather: Robert C. Windham born about 1857 in Copiah County, Mississippi
  • His 2nd Great-Grandfather: Stokley M. Windham born about 1834 in Pike County, Alabama. He died as a Confederate Soldier in the War Between the States Battle of Port Hudson, LA, in the summer of 1863
  • His 3rd Great-Grandfather: Robert Godfrey Windham born about 1805 in Darlington County, South Carolina. He moved from Pike County, Alabama, to Copiah County, Mississippi, about 1838
  • His 4th Great-Grandfather: Daniel Windham, Sr. born 1769 married 1st (--?--) Mathis/Matthews, married 2nd Sarah Dawsey
  • His 5th Great-Grandfather: Amos Windham (Revolutionary War Soldier) born 11 Nov 1741 Prince Frederick Parish, Craven County, SC
  • His 6th Great-Grandfather: Charles Windham born about 1709 in England (place of birth has not been proven)
This is the fourth (4th) DNA participant with a paper trail lineage back to Charles Windham (born about 1709) and his son, Amos Windham the Revolutionary Soldier. The test results on this kit #132581 and kit #132642, are still pending (that is....not yet completed processing). The test results for two (2) other DNA participants (#72039 and #54815) with paper-trail lineages from Charles Windham (born about 1709) and his son, Amos Windham the Revolutionary War Soldier have already been processed. It will be interesting to compare the DNA test results of the two pending DNA participants (#132581 and #132642) to the already processed kits #72039 and #54815 in about five weeks.
07 Oct 2008...
New DNA participant #132642 returned his 37 marker DNA test kit to Family Tree DNA of Houston (FTDNA), today. We can expect his DNA test results to be posted on this Windham Family DNA Project in about five to six weeks (that is….about mid-November 2008). DNA participant #132642 has a paper-trail ancestor descent as follows:
  • His 1st Great-Grandfather, Elias Jefferson Windham, born 13 Dec 1835
  • His 2nd Great-Grandfather, Daniel Windham, born 1796 in Darlington County, SC, married Parthena ‘Thena’ Marshall
  • His 3rd Great-Grandfather, Daniel Windham, Sr., born 1769 married 1st (--?--) Mathis/Matthews, married 2nd Sarah Dawsey
  • His 4th Great-Grandfather, Amos Windham (Revolutionary War soldier), born 11 Nov 1741 in Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish, Craven County, SC
  • His 5th Great-Grandfather, Charles Windham, born about 1709 in England (his place of birth is not proven).
This is an extremely important DNA participant due to the controversy that has, thus far, clouded the ancestry of this very important Group of Windhams. We look forward to this DNA test to help us learn more about this Windham Group.
07 Oct 2008...
The full 37 marker DNA test results of our new participant #129576 were posted, today, onto our 'Y Results' tab/section of this Windham Family DNA Project. New participant #129576 has been placed into Group 01 Khaki Color Group where he belongs. Kit #129576 is descended from William 'Bill' Windham born 1808 in early East Tennessee (probably Grainger County, Tennessee). This William 'Bill' Windham died in Shelby County, Texas, but his date of death is unknown. He is buried in Carroll Cemetery, Joaquin, Shelby County, Texas. He has a grave marker in this cemetery but there are no dates on the marker. William 'Bill' Windham married Jane Hardin who was born 1817 in Tennessee. For additional information on the ancestors of DNA participant #129576, go to the 'Results' tab/section of this Windham Family DNA Project.
15 Sep 2008...
The 12 marker DNA test results for new participant #128027 were returned, today, from Family Tree DNA and posted within Group 01 Khaki Color Group on the 'Y Results' tab/section of our Windham Family DNA Project. The most distant known ancestor of participant #128027 is Reubin Windham born 1805 to 1815 (depending on which census record is used to determine his birth year). This Reubin Windham was born in Tennessee according to census records and this writer is now sure that he is part of the very early East Tennessee Windhams. Participant #128027 matches 12 for 12 markers with a large number of present participants on the Group 01 Khaki Color Group proving he is closely related to Group 01 Khaki Color Group. Look at his DNA marker test results on the 'Y Results' tab/section and see more detailed information about his Windham ancestry on the 'Results' tab/section of this Windham Family DNA Project.
15 Sep 2008...
Due to some complaints from readers that some of our color shades on our Color Coded Groups were 'hard on the eyes' to read on some computers, we have changed some of the colors on some of our Color Coded Groups. Following are the old colors and the new colors:
....................... Khaki...................BrownKhaki (changed back to Khaki) Light-Green..........Green Red......................Red (not changed) Light-Grey...........Teal Yellow.................Orange Light-Blue............Blue Coral...................Coral (not changed) Olive...................Olive (not changed) Fushsia................Fushsia (not changed)
The problem is that everyone's color computer monitor displays a slightly different shade for each color but I am trying to get a color that is pleasing for everyone to be able to read. I welcome your feed-back on the readability of these new color codes. For those who respond back to me, check the colors on both the 'Results' tab/section and the 'Y Results' tab/section before responding.
14 Sep 2008...
A new DNA participant joined our Windham Family DNA Project, today, with his 37 marker DNA Kit #61200. Participant #61200 is a descendant of G(eorge?) Willis Windham who was born about 1787 probably in the Darlington County area of South Carolina, moved to Georgia by 1810 and was settled in Perry County, Mississippi, by 1820. This G(eorge?) Willis Windham married Sarah (----?----) and they moved to Jones County, Mississippi, by 1850 were they both died. DNA participant #61200 is descended from Robert C. Windham born about 1811 in Georgia, probably the first child of G(eorge?) Willis Windham born about 1787. Participant #61200 has been placed in Group 02 Green Color Group where he belongs. See both the 'Results' tab/section and the 'Y Results' tab/section of this Windham Family DNA Project for much more detailed information about the ancestry of participant #61200.
08 Sep 2008...
We have a new DNA participant in our Windham Family DNA Project. New participant #N67749 joined our Windham Family DNA Project with a 12 marker DNA kit. This participant matches 12 of 12 markers with many other participants on our Group 01 Khaki Color Group so kit #N67749 has also been placed into Group 01 Khaki Color Group. Participant #N67749 descends from William 'Bill' Windham born in early East Tennessee in 1808. This William 'Bill' Windham died in Shelby County, Texas, and is buried in Carroll Cemetery, Joaquin, Shelby County, Texas with a grave marker . William 'Bill' Windham born 1808 married Jane Hardin born 1817 in Tennessee and they had eleven (11) children. See more details about this participant's lineage by going to the 'Results' tab/section of this Windham Family DNA Project and looking for Kit #N67749 under Group 01 Khaki Color Group.
08 Sep 2008...
Family Tree DNA of Houston has extended their 'Sizzling Summer Sale' (see 16 Aug 2008 news announcement, below) through 30 Sep 2008
16 Aug 2008...
The following anouncement was made yesterday by Bennett Greenspan, CEO of Family Tree DNA of Houston. If you are considering joining this Windham Family DNA Project, now is a good time to purchase the 37 marker kit and save $70.00 on the normal $189.00 cost (Note: deadline to save, is 31 Aug 2008):
In June, Family Tree DNA ran our most successful promotion ever, in which we offered a significant discount on many of our test upgrades. Now that our lab has had time to process the high volume of orders generated by that promotion, we are ready to challenge the record that we set in June by returning to you with our “Sizzling Summer Sale.” This time, the promotion is geared towards bringing new members to your projects by offering the following big incentives: Y-DNA12 orders include a FREE mtDNA test (Y-DNA12+mtDNA promotion price of $99; normally $189) Y-DNA25 orders include a FREE mtDNA test (Y-DNA25+mtDNA promotion price of $148; normally $238) Y-DNA37 orders price REDUCED to $119 (normally $189) Y-DNA37+mtDNAPlus orders price REDUCED to $189 (normally $339) Y-DNA67+mtDNAPlus orders price REDUCED to $288 (normally $409) mtDNAPlus price REDUCED to $149 (normally $189) This promotion goes into effect immediately and will be available until August 31st, 11:59PM CST. We would also like to make you aware of a change in shipping costs. Since our inception we never increased our shipping charge, even though in the meantime USPS has increased its rates 6 times. For that reason, our shipping cost will increase by $2, effective immediately. We appreciate your understanding. As always, thank you for your continued support! Family Tree DNA Best Regards Bennett Greenspan President
11 Aug 2008...
We have a new DNA participant in our Windham Family DNA Project. New participant #128027 returned his 12 marker DNA kit, today, to Family Tree DNA in Houston, Texas. We can expect to see his DNA test results in about five to six weeks. Look for his results on the 'Y Results' tab/section of this Windham Family DNA Project about the last week in September 2008. The most distant known ancestor of participant #128027 is Reubin Windham born 1805 to 1815 (depending on which census record is used to determine his birth year). This Reubin Windham was born in Tennessee according to census records and this writer believes that he is part of the very early East Tennessee Windhams. The DNA test results of participant #128027 will help us determine more about this Reubin Windham when we are able to compare his DNA test results with other present DNA test particpants who are already in our Windham Family DNA Project and are already proven to be descended from the very early East Tennessee Windhams.
02 Jul 2008...
Rare out-of-print 1950 Wyndham English book available....... Alibris Used Books is offering the 387 pages book (published 1950) A Family History 1688-1837 The Wyndhams of Somerset, Sussex and Wiltshire (England) by Hon. H. A. Wyndham. Alibris Used Books is asking $128.29 for this rare out-of-print book, which this writer considers to be a very high cost, but probably still a bargain. This writer has purchased three of these same rare books (some years ago--over a period of several years) at a total combined price of about half cost of what is being asked for this one used book. Still, there are not many opportunities to purchase this very rare used out-of-print book and it is expected that someone will quickly snap it up even at this high price. If any of you are interested, I suggest that you act quickly. You can 'google' Alibris Used Books or contact this writer (j.b.windham@cox.net) for more details of the contents of this book or details of how to access the Alibris website.
24 Jun 2008...
The test results of all 37 markers have been posted by Family Tree DNA for new participant #121061. Participant #121061 does not match any other DNA participant in our Windham Family DNA Project therefore, he starts a new distinct and separate Group (Group 10 Fuchsia Color Group) in our Windham Family DNA Project. Participants #71254 (Group 03 Red Color Group) and #121061 (Group 10 Fuchsia Color Group) claim the same paper-trail common ancestor, Peter Windham born about 1775 in Virginia but these two DNA participants do not match Y-DNA markers. Both #121061 and #71254 cannot be Y-DNA descended from Peter Windham, therefore, these two participants are placed in different Groups on our 'Results' and 'Y Results' tabs/sections.
05 May 2008...
The DNA haplogroup nomenclature has recently changed. The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) has announced their new 2008 ISOGG Y-DNA Haplogroup Tree to include this new nomenclature. Your Y-DNA test marker test results have not changed. What has changed for some persons is their placement in the Y chromosome haplogroup tree. Your Y-DNA test result and interpretation remains the same. Your position in the Y-DNA haplogroup tree may change, and therefore the name of your haplogroup. The position of your haplogroup on the Y-DNA tree and the corresponding haplogroup name could also be subject to further changes in the future as new discoveries update the Y-DNA tree. The major branches of the Y-DNA tree are labeled A through T. These branches then have sub-branches, which may in turn have sub-branches. The new 2008 ISOGG Haplogroup Tree can be accessed at: ISOGG Y-DNA Haplogroup Tree 2008 You will notice that the 2008 ISOGG Haplogroup Tree is slightly different from the 2008 FTDNA Haplogroup Tree (announced below on 03 May 2008). Which Y-DNA Haplogroup Tree to use? Well, most learned people (including this writer) thinks that the ISOGG Y-DNA Haplogroup Tree is more up-to-date and more accurate than the FTDNA Y-DNA Haplogroup Tree.
03 May 2008...
Today, Bennett Greenspan, President and CEO of Family Tree DNA of Houston made the following announcement:
Recently, researchers led by Dr. Hammer published the newly updated Y chromosome haplogroup tree in Genome Research. On Monday, May 5th, Family Tree DNA will update its haplogroup nomenclature to match that recommended by this publication, as well as all pages that contain haplogroups. This includes your project's public website if you use Family Tree DNA's cookie cutter website tool, your GAP/Generate results pages, and each of your participants' haplogroup pages. While the name of the haplogroup a person belongs to may change, and will continue to change as more haplogroup branches are discovered and published, their actual DNA testing results and interpretation remain the same. The next issue of our newsletter, Facts and Genes, will discuss these changes in more depth and should help your participants better understand the changes to the Y-DNA haplogroup tree. The Family Tree DNA website will be temporarily offline on Monday, May 5th, at 5 am CDT to facilitate this update in nomenclature and other maintenance. Service will be restored no later than 7 am CDT that day. Ysearch.org, our free publicly accessible website, will be offline and updated simultaneously. If you would like more information about why the haplogroup nomenclature is changing and what this means to you, please visit the FAQ site below: Y-DNA Haplogroup Nomenclature FAQFamily Tree DNA Bennett Greenspan
01 May 2008...
We have a new participant in our Windham Family DNA Project. New participant #121061 is a descendant of Peter Windham (sometimes spelled 'Windom') who was born about 1775 in Virginia according to the 1850 Meriwether County, Georgia, census. This Peter Windham is found listed in the following census records: 1810 Cumberland County, North Carolina, 1820 Cumberland County, North Carolina, 1830 DeKalb County, Georgia, 1840 Meriwether County, Georgia, and 1850 Meriwether County, Georgia. Peter Windham married either two or three times. The first marriage record found for him is when he married Elizabeth Prince on 11 Sep 1809 in Cumberland County, North Carolina. There is a possibility that he was married before Elizabeth Prince. Peter Windham married again to Rachael McGahee on 16 Aug 1841 in Meriwether County, Georgia. This Peter Windham died before 30 Sep 1865 in Coweta County, Georgia. Peter seems to have always spelled his name 'Windham' but some of his children changed the spelling of their last name to 'Windom'. Peter Windham (ca.1775-before1865) had, at least, three sons, Samuel Windham, James Monroe Windham (1811-1894) and William Windham (1815-1885) who married Rutha Roseanna Franklin in Meriwether County, Georgia. We already have one (kit #71254) DNA participant in our Windham Family DNA Project who is a descendant of this same Peter Windham born about 1775 in Virginia. Kit #71254 participant descends from Peter Windham's son, James Monroe Windham/Windom, born 19 Jul 1811 in North Carolina and died 02 Aug 1894. This present DNA participant, kit #71254, is placed in Group 03 (Red Color Group), therefore, it is expected that new participant #121061 will also be in Group 03 (Red Color Group) when the new test is completed about mid-June 2008. New participant #121061 is descended from Peter Windham's son, William J. Windham who was born 18 Mar 1815 and died 26 May 1885.
27 Mar 2008...
We have a new DNA participant who has moved into our Windham Family DNA Project. DNA participant Kit #95437 has moved his DNA data from Jim Windham's now discredited, unreliable, Wyndham DNA website, into our most respected Windham Family DNA Project. Participant #95437 is a descendant of Samuel B. Windham (born circa 1769) and his wife, Leah Blake through Samuel's son, John Darby Windham (born 13 Feb 1816) in Mississippi Territory (present-day Alabama) and his wife, Frances 'Fannie' Monteith. Kit #95437 has been placed into Group 01 (Khaki Color Group) where he belongs.
18 Mar 2008...
After the 'news' posting of 17 Feb 2008 (see below), Family Tree DNA of Houston (FTDNA) has started offering to test participants for deep subclade R1b1c10 (U152+ aka S28+). There is an additional charge for this deep subclade test. Until recently, only EthnoAncestry offered the deep subclade R1b1c10 test. DNA participant #18393 had already been tested by EthnoAncestry for the deep subclade R1b1c10 and knew he was R1b1c10 but there are some advantages to being tested by FTDNA of Houston, the world's recognized leader in DNA testing. The main advantage of being tested by FTDNA is, the results are listed in FTDNA's vast public data base (including Y-Search). For this reason, participant #18393 took advantage of FTDNA's introductory offer to do this deep subclade test. These test results have just been received and, as expected, participant #18393 is now listed both on the 'Y Results' tab/section (see above) and on FTDNA's Y-Search as being R1b1c10. Being tested for a deep subclade clearly has genealogical uses. One of the main uses will be in helping track migration routes of our ancestors. Meaning.....deep subclade DNA testing will help determine from what geographic location our ancient ancestors originated, say 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. This was our Windham ancestors migrated to England. For additional information on this, read the 17 Feb 2008 'news' posting below.
17 Feb 2008...
DNA participant #18393 (Y-Search I.D.: D7QYR) in Group 01 Khaki Color Group has been single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) tested by EthnoAncestry and is found to be S28 positive (S28+) and therefore is in the phylogenetic haplogroup R1b1c10 as defined by the 2007 International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG) phylogenetic chart. This SNP defines a subclade of R1b1c. Sometime soon (later in 2008), the ISOGG phylogenetic chart will be revised and updated. When that happens later in 2008 the nomenclature will change and haplogroup R1b1c10 will become R1b1b2h. DNA testing is still in what might be called its infant stages and there will be this and many more changes in nomenclature, theories, hypothesis, etc., relating to understanding DNA testing. S28 is a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) developed by EthnoAncestry in 2005 (yet published independently in 2007 by Sims et al. who called the marker U152) as a subclade of M269 or R1b1c. The only DNA testing company which at this time offers the S Series test is EthnoAncestory. Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) has announced that it will soon offer a S28 test and it is recommended for those who are contemplating getting a S28 test, that they wait a while longer and purchase a S28 test by Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) as FTDNA is the recognized world-wide leader in DNA testing. Thus far, the results suggest that this SNP , R1b1c10 (S28+), clearly has genealogical uses. Virtually all population geneticists have accepted the hypothesis that R1b1c (M269) was the haplogroup of the first modern humans to enter Western Europe. The R1b1c10 (also known as S28+) SNP defines a subclade of R1b1c, therefore, if R1b1c is the haplogroup of the first modern humans to enter Western Europe, then the subclade R1b1c10 (S28+) can be used to pinpoint a more specific geographic location origin than the whole of Western Europe. The hypothesis under consideration by Dr. David K. Faux is that all who are S28 positive (thus placed in the phylogenetic haplogroup R1b1c10/R1b1b2h) are living descendants of the ancient Celtic people who emerged from an Alpine European homeland. After the Last Glacial Maximum (The Ice Ages) according to Dr. David K. Faux: “Perhaps S28-R1b1c10 followed a path east of the Massif Central [in south-central France], along the Rhone corridor, then eastward following the Alpine glacial margin to the headwaters of the Rhine and Danube Rivers in Switzerland and Southern Germany”. Also from Dr. David K. Faux: “….the proposed R1b1c10 homeland [is] eastern France, western Switzerland, and southwestern Germany particularly Baden-Wurttemberg….” (From Wikipedia): The Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) refers to the time of maximum extent of the ice sheets during the last glaciation, approximately 20,000 years ago. This extreme persisted for several thousand years. At this time, ice sheets covered the whole of Iceland and all but the southern extremity of the British Isles. Northern Europe was largely covered, the southern boundary passing through Germany and Poland. For more suggested reading to learn more about R1b1c10 (S28+) left-mouse click on each of the following hyperlinks:
David K. Faux: A Genetic Signal of Central European Celtic AncestryDavid K. Faux: R1b1c10/R1b1b2h Haplotypes <--(notice John Wyndham born circa 1425 in the 'England' heading on this chart)David K. Faux: The Cimbri Tribe of Jutland, DenmarkDanish Viking: Cimbri from JutlandHow to know if you're S28John McEwan: R1b1c10 aka S28 <--(this website has not been updated, lately, but still has valuable information)ISOGG Haplogroup R chart (2007)
20 Dec 2007...
The 37 marker DNA test for new participant #105195 were completed and posted to the 'Y Results' tab/section on 16 Dec 2007. These completed DNA test proves that participant #105195 is probably not related within the last thousands of years, to any of the other participants in any of the other eight (8) Groups presently in our Windham Family DNA Project. Since, participant #105195 cannot be related to any other Group, he starts a new ninth (9th) Windham Family DNA Project Group. We will call this new Group, the Group 09 Olive Color Group. See participant #105195's DNA test results on the 'Y Results' tab/section and see his Windham family lineage information on the 'Results' tab/section of this Windham Family DNA Project website.
13 Dec 2007...
The first 12 marker results of the 37 marker DNA test for new participant #105195 have been posted to the 'Y Results' section/tab of our Windham Family DNA Project. With just the first 12 marker results completed, it is somewhat difficult to determine if new participant is related to any of present eight (8) Groups or if he will fall into an unrelated new ninth (9th) Group. Until we receive (probably by next week) the next series of completed markers, we will list kit #105195 as 'unassigned' to a Group. While we do not know, for sure, if participant #105195 is related to any of the other Groups tested, so far, the first 12 markers returned does indicate the he will not be related to any of the present eight (8) Groups. The next series of posted test results will determine his relationship (or not) to the other Groups.
06 Dec 2007...
The broken horizontal and vertical scroll bars on the 'Y Results' section/tab, have been fixed.
05 Dec 2007...
Free 37 marker DNA test kit for a Maj. Amos Windham descendant....... We are looking for a male Windham who has a paper-trail lineage back to Maj. Amos Windham of Revolutionary War fame. An interested group of Windham researchers will pay the entire cost ($191) of a 37 marker DNA test for a male Windham who has a paper-trail lineage back to Maj. Amos Windham. If you know of a male descendant (he still have the Windham surname) who may be interested, please contact John B. Windham at j.b.windham@cox.net and he will handle all the details of contacting that Maj. Amos descendant and making him the free DNA kit offer.
02 Dec 2007...
The horizontal and vertical scroll bars are both broken (not working properly) on the ‘Y Results’ section/tab of our Windham Family DNA Project. It seems that this is a problem for some viewers of the 'Y Results' section/tab, other viewers report that they are having no problem with these scroll bars. Family Tree DNA of Houston will be notified of this problem and hopefully they will fix it, soon.
17 Nov 2007...
Which Windham Group can claim Felbrigg Hall, England?......... The usage of surnames came into being at different times in different countries. Until the usage of surnames, a person was known by only his first, or 'given' name. Surnames in England came into wide usage in the 1200s and 1300s. By the 1400s, in England, just about everyone was using a surname in addition to his first, or 'given', name. John Wyndham purchased Felbrigg Hall near Cromer, Norfolk, England in 1450 and most Windham researchers consider him to be the earliest reliable Windham in England. There are definitely earlier Windhams in England but the reliability of their early pedigree is still questionable. England has remarkably good old records, so it is quite easy to find a paper-trail lineage of the Windham family in England, for the next four to five hundred years after John Wyndham purchased Felbrigg Hall. It also helps that the Wyndham/Windham families in England were very prominent. There were many famous Wyndham/Windham statesmen, judges, military men, scholars and members of the peerage in England during the four or five hundred years period after John Wyndham purchased Felbrigg Hall in 1450. It is through the mother of Thomas Wyndham (1468-1521), grandson of John Wyndham who purchased Felbrigg Hall, that these Wyndham/Windham families are direct descendants of all the royal families of Europe. By 'all' it is meant, the English kings, the French kings, the German emperors, the Spanish emperors, the ancient Scottish kings, the ancient rulers of Wales, and the ancient monarchs of Ireland. Understandable, every American Windham seems to want to trace his or her Windham family back to this particular Wyndham/Windham family in early England. Before DNA (starting about 2000) every American Windham could say (and most did say) that his or her Windham family was descendants of the Wyndham/Windham family of early England. DNA testing has now changed all that. We now can prove, beyond any doubt, by DNA testing that all Windhams in America cannot all be Y-DNA biologically descended from John Wyndham who purchased Felbrigg Hall, England, in 1450. Presently we have eight (8) different, separate, and distant Groups of Windhams in the United States and in the future, it is expected that there will be more than these eight Groups of Windhams. DNA testing has proven that none of the eight Groups can be related to any of the other Groups within the last thousands of years. Some inaccurate Windham lineages are due to sloppy paper trail verification. Also, something else that cannot be ignored, especially in today's DNA positive identification era, is the possibility of a non-parental event (NPE). This occurs when a Windham is 'claimed' to be the father but he is the real biological father (a little hanky-panky occurred). Another NPE can occur when a non-Windham male child is adopted and is misrepresented in the lineage as a natural/biological Windham son. So, back to the original question: Which Windham Group can claim to be descendants of the Wyndhams/Windhams of Felbrigg Hall, England? The answer is: of the present eight (8) groups can claim that they are the proven and verified Windham family descended from the Felbrigg Hall Wyndhams/Windhams. Any one, or all the Groups, can claim they are the 'proven' and 'verified' descendants of Felbrigg Hall, but no Group can prove it. There are currently two (2) Windham Groups (the Group 01 Khaki Color Group and the Group 02 Green Color Group) who claim they are descended from the Felbrigg Hall Windhams. We do not know which of these Groups (the Group 01 Khaki Color Group or the Group 02 Green Color Group) is correct in their claim. For sure, one (), of these Group's claims to descent from Felbrigg Hall, England is ! Again, the writer does not know which is right and which is wrong, but both cannot be right. Both could be wrong. Neither Group can correctly claim that they have a 'proven' and 'verified' lineage all the way back to the Windhams of Felbrigg Hall, England, until this conflict is satisfactorily resolved. Unfortunately, it may never be possible for this conflict to be satisfactorily resolved. While it is all right for a Windham researcher to claim a 'paper trail' back to the Windham's of Felbrigg Hall, England, any Windham researcher who claims that their Windham family is the Windham family who has a 'proven' and 'verified' lineage back to Felbrigg Hall, England, is either a fool or is just plain ignorant of the Windham research facts. There is one wannabe Windham researcher, Jim Windham of Spring, Texas, who claims his Windhams are the Windhams who have a 'proven' and 'verified' lineage back to Felbrigg Hall, England. Jim Windham's false claims on his website,Jim Windham's discredited, unreliable, and now defunct DNA website proves Jim Windham to be discredited and unreliable as a Windham researcher. For reliable Windham research data and reliable Windham DNA information, go to our Windham Family DNA Project at: Windham Family DNA Project
14 Nov 2007...
New participant, kit #105195, returned his kit, today, to Family Tree DNA in Houston. We can expect to see his completed results in about five to six weeks....that is about the last week in December 2007. Go to the 'Results' tab/section and look under 'Pending DNA Test', if you would like more information on the Windham lineage of participant #105195.
02 Nov 2007...
New Y-HAP-Backbone Results have been posted for participant #98398 in the Group 04 Teal Color Group. Haplogroups in green have been confirmed by Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) testing (at an extra cost). Haplogroups in red have been predicted by Family Tree DNA of Houston.
27 Oct 2007...
The problems with the horizontal and vertical scroll bars on the 'Y Results' section/tab have been fixed by Family Tree DNA of Houston. The scroll bars now seem to be working properly. Hopefully, it will stay fixed for a while as there have been off-and-on problems with these scroll bars for about the past six months.
25 Oct 2007...
The horizontal and vertical scroll bars are both broken (not visible) on the ‘Y Results’ section/tab of our Windham Family DNA Project. It seems that this is a problem for some viewers of the 'Y Results' section/tab, other viewers report that they are having no problem with seeing these scroll bars. Family Tree DNA of Houston has been notified of this problem and they say that they are working on getting it fixed. Hopefully, they will have it fixed, soon.
25 Oct 2007...
New DeepSNP Results have been posted for participant #18393 in the Group 01 Khaki Color Group. Haplogroups in green have been confirmed by Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) testing (at an extra cost). Haplogroups in red have been predicted by Family Tree DNA of Houston.
25 Oct 2007...
We have a total of twenty-six (26) participants in our Windham Family DNA Surname Project. Twenty-four (24) of these DNA participants' results are already posted on the 'Y-Results' section. One (1) of these twenty-six (26) DNA participant's results is already posted on the 'mt-Results' section. The one new participant of these twenty-six (26) DNA participants was shipped his DNA test kit on 25 Oct 2007. This new participant, kit #105195, is a descendant of William Windham born in the early 1700s and his wife, Elizabeth Morris born 17 Sep 1726. This Windham family was in early 1700s Maryland. Many of this family spelled their surname 'Wyndham' and many of them spelled their surname 'Windham'. Some of this family stayed in Maryland, some of this family moved to Ohio. Several descendants of this William Windham and Elizabeth Morris have documented Revolutionary War service. This is an extremely important addition to our Windham family DNA Project and it will be very interesting to find to which Group this Maryland family belongs. (More details about this family will be posted, later, in the 'Results' section of our Windham Family DNA Project)
10 Oct 2007...
We have a total of twenty-five (25) participants in our Windham Family DNA Surname Project. Twenty-four (24) of these DNA participant's results are already posted on the 'Y-Results' section. One (01) of these twenty-five DNA participant's results is already posted on the 'mt-Results' section. Mitochondrial DNA (mt-DNA) is normally inherited exclusively from one's mother - both daughters and sons inherit it all the same. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is useful in tracing the ancestors of a female. The mtDNA participant on our Windham Family DNA Surname Project does not have the Windham surname, but instead, this mtDNA participant is interested in tracing her female lineage. Unlike nuclear DNA (that includes Y-DNA), which is inherited from both parents and in which genes are rearranged in the process of recombination, there is usually no change in mtDNA from parent to offspring. Although mtDNA also recombines, it does so with copies of itself within the same mitochondrion. Because of this and because the mutation rate of animal mtDNA is higher than that of nuclear DNA[2], mtDNA is a powerful tool for tracking ancestry through females (matrilineage) and has been used in this role to track the ancestry of many species back hundreds of generations. Human mtDNA can be used to identify individuals. (Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) If you have questions or comments, contact: John B. Windham j.b.windham@cox.net Metairie, Louisiana