Saturday, February 28, 2009

Archibald, son of Archibald

The newly received marriage certificate of Archibald Fairbairn and Jane Blakey, forbears of Doug (F-14) , shows Archibald's father as a gardener named Archibald.
A candidate for Archibald Snr is the one married to Janet Scott, forbears of Martin (F-1).
The relevant supplementary pages have been updated as a result, and Archibald Snr added to the Patriarchs page.
As to whether of not Doug and Martin are really 3rd cousins once removed, we'll have to wait until Doug's results are in, and if not, keep looking for another Archibald son of Archibald in the right timeframe.

It (hopefully) pays to advertise

On the basis that it should pay to advertise, I've placed some queries on CousinConnect for the FAIRBAIRN families I am particularly interested in. Representatives for any of the FAIRBAIRN lines shown there would be MOST welcome to join the project (and even if not interested in joining the project, I'd still love to hear from descendants).

All others are obviously also welcome, as the more we have the better our understanding of the overall FAIRBAIRN lineage(s) will be.
Our preference is for at least two representatives, distant cousins, for each line to confirm a line's dna signature.

Keep checking out the Wanted! page as it gets updated with additional lineages.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

15th recruit

The work on the Melrose/Jedburgh/Stody (Norfolk) family posted yesterday has paid off, with our 15th recruit now in the project to represent son Robert's line. welcome Stan (F-15).
The Wanted! page updates have been altered to show son David's line for confirmation of the family's dna signature.
David married Margaret WHILLANS and remained in Roxburghshire. Any descendants out there?
In addition the Patriarch's page now contains an outline of the family under the "In progress" section.
One kit appears to be taking it's time to cross the oceans from Australia to Houston, must be swimming the long way round.

Any/all contributions towards this project would be most welcome. Testing is expensive, particularly as we try to use the 67 marker tests with the best mix of slow and fast moving markers.
Contributions may be made via the link on the left hand side of the Family Tree DNA project pages.
This uses a secure link, and the money is held in the FAIRBAIRN Project kitty at Family Tree DNA for assignment towards future kits as the admins see fit.
Anything in the kitty can tip the balance into someone joining the project, and is used to "assist" those particularly wanted to prove a puzzle, or represent a new line.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Melrose/Norfolk connection

The lineage of Robert and Agnes (BLACK) FAIRBAIRN has been included on the One Name Study pages.
This Robert moved south to Norfolk after his 2nd wife Euphemia ROBSON died (1871).
As the notes indicate, it is possible that this Robert, born abt 1801, Melrose, may be the Robert born 1801 at Broomhill, Melrose to Robert and Margaret (ELLIOT) FAIRBAIRN.
And this Robert is of an age and place to be a son of Robert and Agnes (LANDRETH).
The naming pattern of the known children supports this.
If all true, a descendant of Robert and Agnes (BLACK) should be a good dna match to Earl (F-2).
Any takers?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Lineage added

The lineage for our newest recruit, Doug (F-14) has been added to the Patriarchs page.
As noted on his ancestor Archibald's page, given Archibald was a blacksmith, I wonder if he'll turn out to be one of the Ednam smiths who moved south (then West somewhat, to Ontario).
Given Jane was head of the household in 1871 in Erin, Wellington Center, Ontario, I presume Archibald died sometime between 1860 and 1871, probably prior to compulsory registration in 1869.

Friday, February 20, 2009

New recruit

Our 14th kit has just been ordered, for a representative of the line of Archibald & Jane (BLAKEY) FAIRBAIRN who emigrated to Ontario (yes another one).
(Lineage yet to be posted).
Results page has been updated to show the two latest kits in progress, and to add a confirmed haplotype for Joe (F-10), which is, of course, I1.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

10th: Kit received; The British Guiana connection

The kit for another side (F-12) of the "cousins" triangle has been received, so patience while we await results.
Patriarchs page has had some minor updates to include a few more twigs on the far-flung lineage of John and Jessie (Johnstone) FAIRBAIRN, namely a few of the British Guianian twigs and an Australian one, both down from the Rev Patrick FAIRBAIRN.
Anyone out there still a FAIRBAIRN male and willing to represent this lineage?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

7th: Patriarchs updates

The Patriarchs page has had some updates, mainly to include more links to further information on the people concerned, but also to include some preliminary information re the family of Thomas and Elspeth/Eppy (WOOD) FAIRBAIRN.
As yet the link shown doesn't lead to more information, but it will, in time.
Remember that all such charts are oriented towards highlighting lines ending in a male able to represent their line in the dna project - in the hope they'll take the hint and help out by joining.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New recruit; Some updates

Welcome to Thomas (F-13) who has agreed to help us define more fully the dna signature of the James FAIRBAIRN who married Helen GOODFELLOW.

Confirmation today that yes, a descendant of James & Mary Bell (THOMSON) FAIRBAIRN does indeed live in my neighbouring town. Watch this space.

Both of the above are reflected in some minor changes to the Patriarchs page

DNA Surnames has had a full re-load so there may be some wording changes, new charts, or simply some missing links fixed. One change is that a Researchers index has been added to the Lineage overview page.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Some small twigs added here and there

Small twig or two added to the pedigree of James and Mary Bell/Mabel (THOMSON) FAIRBAIRN given that a sequence of coincidences have led to my finding someone I think just might be a descendant living in the town next to me. Awaiting confirmation of the connection.

Also documented a new branch of the James & Helen (GOODFELLOW) FAIRBAIRN pedigree in the hope that a participant may join to help firm up James' dna signature.