The BRADBERRY_BRADBURY DNA Project- Background

Administrators

Surnames

Bradberry, Bradbury

Background

This project is the result of frustration; specifically my frustration at a brick wall in my own BRADBERRY paternal line (about 1810 in Virginia). I soon discovered that I was not alone. But new developments in DNA analysis have made it possible to augment conventional genealogy by comparing the Y DNA patterns of men in order to determine their relatedness, and thus to confirm (or disprove) paternal lines. There are now many DNA projects involving various surnames and as the number of participants grows, success stories are becoming more frequent. So the BRADBERRY-BRADBURY project was started in December 2006.

The spelling of our surname can be inconsistent. In my family's old bible the name is spelled three different ways on the same page (BRADBERRY, BRADBURY, BRADBERY). Therefore this project invites “BRADBERRY” men of any spelling to join. Whenever I write BRADBERRY, unless otherwise indicated I mean any spelling. I use the BRADBERRY spelling because that is what I grew up with and am accustomed to; I would not be at all surprised to find previously unknown cousins who use a different spelling. There have been BRADBERRYs in North America since the 17th century and the BRADBURY spelling is usually associated with the northern colonies, while BRADBERRY is more common in the south, but of course there are exceptions. Also, although I am writing from a North American perspective, I hope that BRADBERRYs around the world (especially the U. K. and Australia) will find this project helpful.

If you wish to join this project, please click on the link “REQUEST TO JOIN THIS PROJECT” in the upper left of the main page. You will have a choice of several Y DNA tests, in the approx. range $100 - $300. I recommend that you choose at least 37 markers in order to gain enough information to be of genealogical value. If you are joining from the National Geographic project or from another testing company you should consider upgrading the number of markers. You may join with 12 markers, but you will find comparison with other men's DNA to be less helpful in determining close relationships. During the course of the project we should expect to find several unrelated paternal lines. I have read that our surname is from the Anglo-Saxon term for “wooden fort” or “broad settlement”. Whichever meaning is more accurate, certainly our name refers to some sort of settlement. There may well be more than point of origin of our name, and unrelated men may have taken the same surname when surnames came into common use.

When you have joined the project and your test results have been received, they will be posted on this website on the “Y Results” page. I would like to include also the name and dates of your most distant known paternal ancestor.

DISCLAIMER. I have no financial interest in this project, and no connection with the Family Tree DNA company. I am a volunteer and strictly an amateur. If you have any questions, please contact me. I don't have all the answers but I may be able to refer you to an authoritative source. Welcome!


Brent Bradberry
Moscow, Idaho USA
January 2007