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Re: JOHN GILLESPIE b. 1765/75 Beaver County from 1815
Posted by: Connie McKenzie (ID *****3835) Date: December 02, 2007 at 08:59:34
In Reply to: Re: JOHN GILLESPIE b. 1765/75 Beaver County from 1815 by Wayne Gillespie of 1473

The DNA test for the descendant of JOHN GILLESPIE b. 1765/75 has placed this Gillespie line in DNA Group 10 in the project.

As of Dec. 2007 this person has not matched any of the other Gillespies in the DNA project.

It is important that we find other Gillespie descendants from this line and the general geographical area to take the DNA test.

The DNA project needs more than one descendant of an ancestor to take the DNA test to confirm the results. It is especially effective if descendants far from each other on the family tree take the DNA test to see if they have matching DNA.

Adoptions, name changes, etc. can effect the DNA results. Y-DNA that is tested for surname projects passes directly from father to son. If a woman with children was widowed then married again, it is possible that her children could have acquired the surname of the second husband. Two hundred years later, this event may have been forgotten.

Also in the project, we are finding that there are many unrelated Gillespie lines coming from a variety of halpogroups. So a Gillespie line that does not match other Gillespies is not uncommon.

If you are interested in taking the DNA test for the Gillespie DNA Project, please contact project administrator Connie McKenzie directly at

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