I am descended from the East Sussex Mannington family and am considering starting up a DNA study for Manningtons and variant names to see if we are all related. Why am I writing to Manicoms? I noticed that "Dallas" thinks that Manicoms are related to Manatons of Devon. There is an old legend in our family that our Sussex Manningtons originated in Cornwall/Devon and if you look back in old Cornwall/Devon Manaton records you will see that Manaton and Mannington are used interchangeably. Therefore, it is possible that, if Manicoms are related to Manatons, they are also related to Manningtons. Are you interested? I haven't started the study yet because I need to see if I can get anyone else interested. To participate in such a study you would have to be a male with the surname in question (in this case, Mannington, Monington, Manaton, Manicom) and have had no break in your lineage (e.g., adoption, illegitimacy, name change). I personally have two problems. 1) My surname is not Mannington and 2) I do not have any Y-DNA so I am entirely dependent on getting other people (men) to volunteer. This project is not inexpensive - for a surname study the cost for a 12 marker test for one person is $99 at Family Tree DNA. A 12 marker test is sufficient to see if all the people in the study come from related families but it won't tell you how long ago the various branches of the family diverged. That would take further testing which is beyond the scope of the initial study. My hope is that enough people are interested that we can pool resources and that females or people not surnamed Mannington or variant would help with the expenses of those who volunteer to do the test.
Please respond if you think this would be a good idea and/or if you could contribute DNA or help with expenses of those who do.
P.S. I have no interest whatsoever (financial or otherwise) in the Family Tree DNA company. I am purely interested in the research on our ancestors.
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