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Is the Confusion Between Rosier and Rosser or Was It Really ROPER?
Posted by: William Alexander Roper, Jr. (ID *****0344) Date: May 10, 2002 at 17:10:39
In Reply to: Re: rozier in Va. 1630s Eng.1552 need french connecti by Mary R. Holley of 186

Those who are scouring Rosier and Rosser records looking to see how these families might be interconnected might find it interesting to also very closely scrutinize the family history notes of the ROPER family, which preceeded both the ROSIERs and ROSSERs in Virginia.

I USED to believe that these were each distinct families with some occasional confusion of records. But the more I become acquainted with the ROSIER and the ROSSER data, the more it appears to me that all three of these families in Virginia are very possibly the SAME family with some very early confusion in the spelling amongst various branches.

I would encourage ROSIERs to look closely at the ROPER family data. You may be VERY SURPRISED at what you discover!

Also, it is now possible through Y-Chromosomal DNA testing to conclusively establish whether families of a particular surname share a common male ancestor. To the extent that MALES with the Rosier / Rozier Surname can be located on both sides of the ocean who are willing to be tested, the Y-CHromosomal test can indicate pretty definitively whether two branches of a family with a common surname are actually related (though it cannot demonstrate HOW).

For more information on how this technology works, see:

Dr. L. David Roper, a ROPER family historian has organized a ROPER Genetics project. It might be of interest to Rosiers and Rossers to take a look at the tentative results at the Roper family history web site:

We have already found that a number of branches of the ROPER family (for which documentation is missing or otherwise lacking) are related.

This test could quickly demonstrate whether the connection between Rosiers on both sides of the Atlantic is REAL and whether Rosiers and Rossers in this country are related.

Who knows.... you might just discover that you are already related to the test subjects in the ROPER study!

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