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Re: RASEY Y-chromosome DNA Surname Project
Posted by: Daniel Bly (ID *****8203) Date: June 14, 2007 at 18:57:48
In Reply to: RASEY Y-chromosome DNA Surname Project by Diana Gale Matthiesen of 210

I think this is a very excellent idea and I am glad to see more and more projects like this. I have taken on two already (Funkhouser and Blythe-Bligh-Bly) with very interesting results. We do have good documentary records to show that Luke Racey, ancestor of the Racey family of Virginia and West Virginia, was born in Norwich, County Norfolk, England but it also appears that there were Raseys of German ancestry (Richard W. Davis's books on Mennonite Refugees (Vol II) has a Rasi-Rassi chapter. Lets hope that many of the myths, traditions and legends can be either dispelled or upheld by these tests. The costs do keep some people from participating so I to have had to subsidize to some extent but it is well worth it.
Incidently I see so many websites now referring to Luke Racey (b. 1750) as "John Luke Racey", but he was never anything but Luke Racey: when he was baptized, when he arrived in Philadelphia in 1773 and when the tax man and census taker came around in Hampshire County. The "John" got in there because in one line of the family there was the oral tradition that the first Racey ancestor in America was named John- and so this was given equal weight to the proven documentary record and Luke was given an additional name he never had!

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