DNA:

A Positive View of Our Hamilton DNA Research

In the last two articles, I looked at the shortcomings of the DNA research into our Hamilton line. In this article, I will take a look at the positive side. What have we gained?

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First Thoughts on the O'Rourke Autosomal DNA

My sister recently tested the autosomal DNA of a cousin on our mother's side. A person inherits autosomal DNA from both their mother and father, unlike y-DNA which comes only from their father.

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Hiram Lansford Fields of Hawkins County, Tennessee

  •   Mon 08 October 2018
  •   DNA

I ask Fields family members and experts in early North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky genealogy to be patient with me and this article.

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John and Jane (Hazlett) Hamilton

In the last article we learned that the parents of Joseph Hamilton of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland, were John Hamilton and Jane Hazlett. What can we say about this couple?

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Joseph and Agnes (Rennie) Hamilton, Ayrshire, Scotland

In 1841 Joseph Hamilton, age 20, was living in his mother Jean (Hazlett) Hamilton's household on Donny Holm Street in Kilbirnie. He had been born in Ireland and was working as a coal miner.

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Our y-DNA Mutation Rates

... When you put my family's paternal Hamilton y-DNA results and our maternal O'Rourke y-DNA results side by side, something doesn't really make much sense.

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Preston Fields of Pike County, Kentucky

I have become interested in the family of Preston Fields who was born about 1795 probably in Tennessee, and if so, then likely in Hawkins County.

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Some Conclusions on the Hamilton DNA Research

... If your DNA matches someone else, it means you are related to them. DNA doesn't lie ... If someone submits their DNA to a project and says that their earliest known ancestor is John Doe Hamilton, it doesn't mean a thing.

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Some Hamiltons in Hawkins and Sullivan Counties, Tennessee, 1784 to 1796

In the first two articles we placed Preston Fields and Hiram Lansford Fields in Hawkins County, Tennessee, in 1796 and afterward. That was the easy part.

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The Carsons and the O'Rourke DNA

As mentioned in the last article, the results have come back for my cousin's autosomal DNA test at FamilyTreeDNA.com.

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The Colgans and the O'Rourke DNA

Before I talk about the DNA test results, a little background. When I first started researching my family the only thing I knew about my maternal grandfather's grandparents were that they were named James Rourke and Ann Colgan.

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The Cunninghams and the O'Rourke DNA

My cousin and I have a great-grandmother named Anna Cunningham so I wrote to two different Cunningham contacts about the DNA matches. The odd thing is that their DNA matched ours but didn't match each other ...

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The O'Rourke y-DNA - latest updates

The first time I wrote about the O'Rourke y-DNA matches, I ended the article on a despondent note ... Since then we have had a few more matches ...

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The O'Rourke y-DNA Results

We were tested on 67 markers the first time, and on 37 markers the second. Here are the facts. I don't know what conclusions to draw, but I will give it a try afterward.

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Thomas Hamilton of Bedford County, Virginia, and Some DNA results

I looked again at the family of Thomas Hamilton of Bedford County, Virginia. Specifically, I looked at the DNA results that have been submitted from his descendants ...

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Most of the information here is about my family or my wife’s, or about families with ties to Cleveland, Ohio, or the area near Rostrevor and Kilkeel in County Down, Ireland. There are also some unrelated families included that I came across. Whatever the case, I hope the material is helpful in your own efforts.
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-- Ed Hamilton