Mugford Surname DNA Project - News

We have ordered a "massive" test for new SNPs (polymorphisms), the so-called "Big-Y" test from FamilyTreeDNA, for one of our members who belongs to haplogroup R1a (family line "A").  The possibilities of this new test are very exciting and we hope to have results early in the New Year (February-March?), although it is expected to take many more months before we understand what the results mean. 

We have tested our first Mudford member of the project and found that he does not match any of the Mugfords already in the project.  Some surname researchers believe that Mugford and Mudford have the same geographic (locative) origins from a place in Somerset, England, that no longer exists. 

Two of our members from Family Line "A", mainly the Conception Bay and Devon group, have tested positive for a new terminal polymorphism, CTS4179.  We are now testing some other members of this group to see if they are also CTS4179+.  The ethnic significance of CTS4179 is not yet known, though it is expected to refine the Scandinavian origins of this branch of the haplotree. 

Our project has begun to grow significantly and we now have test results for 15 participants, representing 8 genetically-distinct Mugford family lines.  

Already, some patterns have emerged.  DNA matching shows that at least some Mugfords from the Conception Bay and the Bonavista Bay areas of Newfoundland are related, and we now have genetic evidence to support family lore that Mugford ancestors of these men migrated from Devon, England.   Their branch of the haplotree is represented by the following polymorphisms (SNPs) :
R1a-M417 → Z283+ → Z284+ → L448+  (and possibly also → CTS4179+). 

For long-term research we have begun to do some special tests (111 STR markers and some specific SNPs) on selected members of the project in order to discover more about where their lines of Mugfords fits into haplogroups R1a and R1b.   Five of our haplogroup R1a members have tested positive for SNP L448 and two of them for CTS4179.   Also we have begun testing members of haplogroup R1b to find their terminal or defining SNP and have already found L644+ and DF27+.  

Please visit the Results page for more details about these findings.