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David Bachinsky, PhD., joined as volunteer co-administrator, bringing an academic and carrer background in genetics.

We now have three main Irish subgroups.

We began including Family Finder autosomal DNA results. The Y chromosome DNA is relatively stable over many centuries and therefore the best tool for a surname study (since Y-DNA tracks the surname, father to son, over those centuries). It requires that a male bearing one of our study surname variants test. Rather than being restricted to the patrilineal line, autosomal DNA using Family Finder opens the project to women and men with Bowes (or a variant) anywhere on their ancestral tree. Family Finder is most useful for finding matches in the last seven generations, but it has been know to reveal matches going back even ten generations.

Joined Facebook.


Among the results so far, we identified an Irish subgroup whose Y chromosome matches a variety of surnames associated with Ely Carroll, an ancient group of families centered in Offaly and northern Tipperary that was ruled by the O'Carroll clan. Interpretation of the historical basis for this connection continues.


DNA Project began accepting donations through its General Fund to assist those unable to pay for a test kit. (This fund is handled independently, through Family Tree DNA.)


Bowes (and variants) One-Name Study registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies

DNA Project became part of the Bowes (and variants) One-Name Study

Bowes (and variants) One-Name Study website began publishing. This is an ongoing work in progress and subject to changes!

Bowes (and variants) One-Name Study Yahoo! group started.


DNA Project began.