Mogford, Mudford, Mugford, Mutford
The surname Mugford
and its variants are thought by some to be derived from the name of a place in Somerset, England, which no longer exists, but to my knowledge this idea has never been tested in the peer-reviewed academic literature. There seems little doubt, however, that the name originated from the name of a place; the question is Which Place? In 1881 England, Mugford families were known to have lived mostly in the southwest, especially Devon, Cornwall and Somerset
. This geographic concentration of the surname naturally begs the question of how many different Mugford family founders there might have been. Did it all start with just one man or were there several unrelated Mugfords of different ancient ethnic origins? At least one male Mugford is thought to have migrated from Devon to Newfoundland in North America as early as the late 1600s. Using genetic Y-DNA testing it should be possible to connect related Mugford family lines now scattered around the world, even though a genealogical connection might be difficult or impossible to prove due to missing, lost or inaccessible records. These ideas led to the establishment of the Mugford Surname DNA Project in July, 2008.
By participating in this project,
each male participant will :
1. learn which genetically-distinct founding line of Mugfords he is descended from;
2. learn his genetic "Y-haplogroup" or the ancient ethnic and geographic origin of his paternal (Mugford) line;
3. learn his key genealogical Y-chromosome markers which he can use for his own family history research, such as finding "lost cousins" through genetic matching; and
4. contribute to the study of migration and settlement patterns of ancient peoples.
For information about DNA research on surnames with roots in Devon, England, read the article by Debbie Kennett, "DNA Testing and the Devon DNA Project"
published in the Devon Family Historian
, journal of the Devon Family History Society, No. 135, August 2010, pp 15-18, or visit the Devon DNA Project
website. An article by David Pike, "New Developments Regarding Genealogical DNA Testing"
published in the Newfoundland Ancestor
, Journal of the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, Newfoundland, Volume 26, Number 2 (2010), pp 63-65, is also both useful and interesting. The Mugford DNA Project was described in the article "A Little Newfoundland DNA
" by Martin Potter, published in The Newfoundland Ancestor
, Journal of the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, Vol 24, No 3 (2008), pp 107-108.
Who May Join?
This project is open to any male whose paternal line (his father's father's ... father) is Mugford or a variant spelling. Please encourage a male in your Mugford family to participate in this project. If you would like to sponsor a male Mugford, please contact me at the address near the top of this page. To participate fully in this genealogical project, each member is asked to share his direct male line ancestry back to his earliest known Mugford ancestor.
Taking a Test
Taking a Y-DNA test for this project simply involves scraping the inside of the cheek to collect old skin cells with DNA material in them. It is NOT a medical procedure and there is nothing scary about the test or the results. FTDNA's test kit is described here
and the instructions are here
Your Privacy and Other Concerns
Taking a Y-chromosome DNA test for genealogical purposes will not provide any health-related or medical information
, nor is it related to forensic testing, nor can anyone can steal your genetic identity by learning the DNA results found in this project. While there are no special privacy concerns involved in genetic testing for genealogical purposes using the commonly-tested DNA markers, Family Tree DNA and the Mugford Surname DNA Project have a strict policy for ensuring the privacy and anonymity of all project participants. Some people prefer this. Please see the FTDNA Privacy and Confidentiality Statement
as well as the Guidelines for Group Administrators of DNA Projects
If You Have Questions
If you have any questions about this project, please contact the volunteer Group Administrator (Martin Potter) whose e-mail address appears near the top of this page. Also, a large amount of factual, non-commercial information about genetic testing for genealogy is available at the website of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG)
The administrator of this project is a member of the Devon Family History Society
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