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Gortlassabrien and the Thomond O'Briens

The surname ‘O'Brien’ means 'descendant of Brian,' the most notable ‘Brian’ in Irish history being ‘Brian Boru.’ Brian Boru was born in the kingdom of Thomond

When did R-M222 first appear in Inishowen?

By examining the genetic distance between selected members of the R-M222 family and comparing it to the timetable developed by Scottish Origenes one can determine when the R-M222 Adam lived.

2017 St. Patrick's Day sale!

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The Spread of M222

‘Vikings,’ ‘Foreign Helpers’ and ‘Raiders from across the Sea’

Putting a time frame to DNA Mutation Rates!

Anybody who has taken a simple painless commercial ancestral YDNA test (which explores only your paternal ancestry) will potentially have matched many people with lots of different surnames and will have wondered when their shared male ancestor lived?

Targeted Recruiting for DNA testing

The beauty with the DNA approach to researching one’s ancestral origin is that the DNA does not lie!

Irish Origenes Viking Ireland Report and Map

A number of years ago a study by an Irish research lab failed to detect any Viking DNA in a small sample of Irish people with Viking-associated surnames.

The Ferris Surname in Britain and Ireland

Surnames evolve over both time and distance, and change usually at the whim of an administrator who simply records an unfamiliar surnam

Using Your DNA to Pinpoint Your McCauley origin!

I’ve been busy recently doing Case Studies and working on a Surnames and Y-DNA Map of Scotland. But this McCauley Case Study is of particularly interest to me and hence I’d like to share its results.

Separated at birth 1000 years ago!

Its not everyday that you get to meet someone with whom you share a common male ancestor from approximately 1000 years ago. The accompanying picture is of Joe Dooley (right) and I (Dr Tyrone Bowes) and our

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