Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Check ONS recent changes

Christmas is over for another year - hope you all had a good one.

Check out the One Name Study Recent changes for some tweaks - mainly to the lines of:

All the best for 2013, may we all have some exciting surprises.

Only a week left of the excellent testing discounts - be in to learn!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Minnies galore

Looking up a few FAIRBAIRNs on the newly available British Columbia BDM images led to the update of several trees, what with one thing leading to another, and another....

The main ones of note include a few more twigs on the trees of:

In addition, John & Margaret (CROMBY) FAIRBAIRN of Swalwell, Durham have now been included in the lineages section, previously only on the Patriarchs page, which has also had several more branches of assorted trees updated

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ednam blacksmiths - Sth African connection

This conversation on RootsChat has led to connections being made and the Ednam blacksmith's tree of Edward & Jean (DAVIDSON) FAIRBAIRN being updated, particularly for Edward the tailor who arrived in Australia in 1838, but died in Swellendam, Sth Africa in 1859.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

DNA Discout time

A great time to explore relationships between FAIRBAIRN (and surname variant) families.
FamilytreeDNA have announced their annual sale:

We would  love to hear from any direct male line FAIRBAIRN wishing to explore his family history and do his bit for our understanding of the connections between the various lines.

We would particularly love to hear from him if he belongs to any of the families listed in the  One Name Study Wanted! page, or any FAIRBAIRNs, or similar, not listed anywhere as yet.
(Further information available on the  DNA project Patriarchs page and on the One Name Study)

As interesting things happen in the markers 38 to 67, we prefer Y-DNA67 tests, but for initial exploration of matches, Y-DNA37 is a good starting point.

A subsidy may be available for some lines, e.g.  these as yet unrepresented lines: Thomas & Elspeth/Eppie (WOOD) FAIRBAIRNGeorge & Jane (LAW) FAIRBAIRN, James & Mabel (THOMSON) FAIRBAIRN.

Contact details to explore this option, or for any further information,  available in the footer of most project pages.

Order any of the new kits and join the FAIRBAIRN project by clicking here
If aleady a participant, log in and order any of the upgrades shown below.

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mtDNAPlus $159 $139
mtFullSequence (FMS) $299 $199
SuperDNA (Y-DNA 67 and mtFullSequence) $548 $398
Family Finder $289 $199
Family Finder + mtDNAPlus $438 $318
Family Finder + mtFullSequence $559 $398
Family Finder + Y-DNA 37 $438 $318
Comprehensive (FF + FMS + Y-67) $837 $597
Upgrades Current Price SALE PRICE
Y-Refine 12-25 Marker $59 $35
Y-Refine 12-37 Marker $109 $69
Y-Refine 12-67 Marker $199 $148
Y-Refine 25-37 Marker $59 $35
Y-Refine 25-67 Marker $159 $114
Y-Refine 37-67 Marker $109 $79
Y-Refine 37-111 Marker $220 $188
Y-Refine 67-111 Marker $129 $109
mtHVR1toMega $269 $179
mtHVR2toMega $239 $179
mtFullSequence Add-on $289 $199
To order this special offer, log in to your personal page and click on the Order An Upgrade button in the upper right corner. A link to the login page is provided below. ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED AND PAID FOR BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012 11:59:00 PM CST TO RECEIVE THE SALE PRICES.
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Descendant chart updates

A couple of descendant charts have been updated to include new twigs/research, primarily those of
The latter has been greatly helped by recent updates to FindAGrave by "Charlie", who kindly supplied this link of the FAIRBAIRN(S) headstones that had been uploaded.
Anyone know what happened to Ephraim (born abt 1835 to George FAIRBAIRNS & Hannah LIGHTFOOT, last sighting 1881 census).

Friday, July 13, 2012


Family Tree DNA have announced a short (ends midnight Sunday 15h July, Houston time) summer sale.
A good time to be in for those lines as not yet represented in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA project.

How about a descendant of Thomas & Elspeth/Eppie (WOOD) FAIRBAIRN, or George and Margaret (LOUGH) FAIRBAIRN?
What about the Northumberland family of Robert & Mary (ATKINSON) FAIRBAIRN of Stamfordham ?
Or any of those shown, or indexed, on the Wanted! pages?

As you can see from our growing number of results to date (over 50 kits now), a large number of the Scottish Borders families are indeed related, with enough results now to show which families are more closely related to whom.
So where does YOUR line "fit"? Are the English ones related? (Yes for at least some lines, as the Clapham gardeners proved to be so.)

For this project, you need to be a direct male line FAIRBAIRN, and although Y-DNA67 is the preferred test, a Y-DNA37 will give some indication of your "place" in the jigsaw. Upgrades are always possible at a later date.

Click here to select your test and join the project, or use the contact details at the bottom of most of the pages linked above for further information, including whether or not a subsidy may be available for a particularly Wanted! family. 

Anonymity can be assured if necessary. All those named in the project have agreed to be so shown.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Redressing the balance

As the Notables index has been resolutely male, often long dead, until now, a more recent female of the species has been added.
Read about Eileen FAIRBAIRN of Christchurch, New Zealand.
The descendant chart for her family, that of Thomas and Jean (LAWSON/LOWSON) FAIRBAIRN of Fife, (lineage 2a in the FAIRBAIRN DNA project), has had a number of additions to it, primarily those descendants in New Zealand.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Phylogram for Lineage 1

With the growing number of matches within the haplogroup I1 (Lineage 1) it is definitely time a pretty summary chart was created.

The version attached to the Lineage 1 forebear has an image map, so have an explore by clicking on the line labels.
The DNA analysis page has had a bit of a review/update.
It now also includes the radial tree version, below, of the above phylogram, and also a Genetic Distances table.

It was an interesting exercise examining the generated results and comparing them to those presented in the existing DNA Signature charts.
The latter are generated manually via visual analysis of the result tables, genetic differences provided by Family Tree DNA, and from known/suspected paper trails.
A couple of the generated results in the phylogram were a surprise, but mostly the two methods seem to have agreed.
One thing it did show is that the ELLIOTTs branched from the FAIRBAIRNs, not the other way around.
All of the above applies only to Lineage 1 (Haplogroup I1) as the other groups do not, as yet, have enough participants to provide many matches.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Time to Most Recent Common Ancestor (TMRCA)

The FAIRBAIRN DNA pages have been updated to include more data on the more recent participants, primarily to include missing links to their family trees, and Genetic Distance to their matches, along with a revamp to a few of the dna signature charts.
This latter are where we attempt to combine paper trails and dna information to surmise where/how connected families MAY actually link up. Completely subjective!

The most overdue update (Lineage 1, haplogroup I1 only) however was to include new Genetic Distance and TMRCA tables according to complete theory, compared to the above, "by eye" and judgement.
The program used for those is that found from the ISOGG  pages - Dean McGEE's Y-DNA Comparison Utility  updated for 111 marker comparisons.
These can be found on the Summary Discussion pages.
The preliminary Jul 2009 tables have been left there to show us how far we've come - we even now feature in the list of those with 50 or more participants on the World Families Network pages (where the summary dna pages are hosted).

Several more broken links have been attended to over assorted connected pages (Summary pedigrees aka Patriarchs page, summary results, supplementary dna information, this blog). Would be good to think that the background rationalisation that has been going on for some months now is near completion, but somehow there's always "just one more thing" to attend to.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

DNA Update

The Supplementary DNA pages have been updated to include the newly received, complete t Y-DNA67, results from F-49, who is showing a good match to the Earlston/Mellerstain FAIRBAIRNs.
Several broken links on the analysis and signature chart pages have been corrected, and an additional signature chart, theoretical, included to show how some of our exact matches may connect.

We seem to also have found another ELLIOTT match, or rather one has found the FAIRBAIRNs, but at only 12 markers tested, it is too early to say how close the match is. Known info indicates an Irish ELLIOTT lineage.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hidden updates

Updates to existing descendent charts wont necessarily show up in the recent change index.

Recent changes there:
- the inclusion of another New Zealand branch for the family of Thomas and Elizabeth (SIMPSON) FAIRBAIRN
- a few more Australian twigs on the John & Elizabeth (YULE) FAIRBAIRN

The Fife lineage of Thomas and Ann (SMITH) FAIRBAIRN has been included with grandson John's page explaining why it looks like his death cert is inaccurate. Anyone know of any connection to Thomas and Elizabeth (SIMPSON) FAIRBAIRN above? Both are from Fife.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Another Lineage 1b

Preliminary results have arrived for our latest DNA candidate, and at 12 markers, we have a 12/12 match to Lineage 1b, where he was hoped/expected to "fit".

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cornish lithographer(s)

Investigations as to where George Reginald Pellew FAIRBAIRN belonged led to an updated descendency chart for the family of James the engraver as George is his grandson - by a previously unknown to exist daughter-in-law, Lucy PELLEW.
This identification does assume that there is only one James FAIRBAIRN, lithographer, around Truro in the right time period, who died between 1881 and 1891.
There are only a grand total of 9 F*R*B*N* births registered in Cornwall between 1837 and 1915, 4 as FAIRBAIRN in Truro of dates to fit James and Harriet (BEDDARD), then James and Lucy, two of whom appear in baptisms indexed on FamilySearch.
The investigation also led to the inclusion of a Cornish page in the One Name Study analysis pages .

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Robinson connection?

Two more, potentially related, lineages have been added to the One Name Study lineages section:
By dates, it is unlikely they are father (John) and son (Robert), but both seem to like Robinson as a first name.
What is the connection between them and where in Scotland did they both come from?
Rachel was in Jedburgh in 1841 and daughter Margaret moved to Newcastle.
Son Robinson moved to Australia.

Robert & Mary lived in Newcastle but Robert was born in Scotland.
Son James appears to have moved to Pembrokeshire.

Any direct male line FAIRBAIRN descendants around willing to take the plunge and join the DNA project to test where the lines may "fit" and whether or not they are related to each other?

Monday, May 21, 2012


A preliminary analysis of the FAIRBAIRN, and variants, birth registrations in Wales are now included on the One Name Study analysis pages, 1837 to 1915 only at this stage.
Not a lot in that time period, and an interesting exercise in discrepancies between Ancestry's FreeBMD index and FindMyPast's index for the period.
FreeBMD wins hands down, although most of FindMyPast's errors were mistranscriptions of FAIRBANK as FAIRBANE, the former not being included in this one name study, whilst the latter is, plus two 1915 registrations that simply could not be found on FindMyPast.
Corrections have been lodged where necessary.
Presentation of results may well change as experimentation continues on the best way to show the analyses.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Thomas update

The family of Thomas and Jean/Jane (CULLEN) FARBEN/FAIRBAIRN/FREEBAIRN of Bothwell has been updated, and two of the Roberts in this tree included for disambiguation purposes given some confusion exists in some online trees as to who married whom.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Houghton le Spring

Most of the One Name Study recent changes index around today relate to the FAIRBAIRNS of Houghton le Spring.
It had been suggested that the 1879 London death of a Robert FAIRBAIRNS might be the long searched for death of Robert FAIRBAIRN, Civil Engineer, married to Elizabeth YOUNG.
This does not appear to be the case, so we are still looking for the fate of the latter beyond 1854 (along with that of sons John and James beyond about 1861).

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

FAIRBAIRNS, Knottingley

As the Recently Changed index shows, a page, and lineage, for shoemaker William FAIRBAIRNS of Knottingley, Yorkshire (but born elsewhere in England) has been added to the One Name Study pages.
Relationships inferred in the 1906 Manitoba census, as discussed here on the RootsWeb Fairbairn message board, are a bit confusing. So if anyone can shed any light on this we'd love to hear from you.
Over time the family appear under a wide range of variant FAIRBAIRN surnames.

Friday, April 20, 2012

2 day dna discount sale

If any of you are at all  interested in exploring which group of FAIRBAIRNs you most closely relate to, you may be interested to see that Family Tree DNA, the company we use for the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA project, is having a 2day sale (finishes midnight Sat Apr 21st (?Houston time?).

If you do decide to join, and a sale is an excellent time to do so, make sure that you follow the order link from the project to automatically be enrolled in the FAIRBAIRN proejct.
Privacy can be guaranteed, all those named on the project pages have agreed to be so shown.
is the order link, but make sure you are getting the prices shown below

Check out the One Name Study Wanted! pages
for those lines particularly wanted to see who fits where, and the summary DNA project pages to see if your line is already represented
Joining the project already makes you eligible for a project discount, but the prices have been discounted further:
To be of relevance for the FAIRBAIRN project the person testing has to be a direct male line FAIRBAIRN, sorry about the discrimination, but anyone descended via the female line doesn't have the Y-dna passed down the chain from father to son.
          Current Group price/SALE PRICE
Y-DNA 37     $149 /    $129
Y-DNA 67     $238 /    $199
are of most interest to the project but the following may be of personal interest.

Family Finder     $289 /    $199
FF+ Y-DNA 37     $438 /    $328
FF + mtDNAPlus     $438 /    $328
Comprehensive (FF + FMS + Y-DNA 67)     $797 /    $657

Y-DNA 12-37 Marker     $99/  $69
Y-DNA 37-67 Marker     $99/     $79
Y-DNA 12-67 Marker     $199/     $148
Family Finder add-on     $289 /    $199

Any questions, just ask, this is a very good opportunity to expand our knowledge of how the FAIRBAIRN families may, or may not relate.
Lorna Henderson

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Summary Patriarchs page

The Summary Patriarchs Page has had a long overdue review for broken links.
Many are as a result of the shift of lineages and researchers from the Supplementary DNA pages (on DNA Surnames, was the DNA Projects Portal) to the One Name Study lineage pages, which should now be complete.

Recent changes for the 11th

Several of those listed in the recent changes index on the One Name Study pages for today are there because typos and links have been corrected.
Those there because of newly included information have been identified in prior, recent, blog posts about their inclusion.

Bridges of Madison County

Well no, not really, try Ulster Co., New York instead (or was it Delaware Co.?).
Watching the film Bridges of Madison County reminded me that in my own FAIRBAIRN family we had our very own covered bridge builder - so Seager FAIRBAIRN is hereby added to the notables list so a (small) picture of his handiwork could be included.

Stamfordham, Northumberland (NBL)

A stub from the Summary Patriarchs page for the family of Robert & Mary (ATKINSON) FAIRBAIRN of Stamfordham that has existed for quite some time without further information has been updated and linked to their tree now included in the One Name Study pages.
This tree includes two branches linked on circumstantial evidence:
  • Son Robert (married to Ann DODD), linked by birth date and place and a missing first son, elder brother of Stephen to be found
  • Grandson John of Erie, Pennsylvania, (married to Elizabeth HUBBARD) assumed son of Stephen & Jane (JACKSON) FAIRBAIRN
Should anyone have a trail of evidence, please use the webmistress contact link in the footers of these linked pages so the information can be updated.

Investigations for other Stamfordham FAIRBAIRNs led to a couple more inventive indexing candidates: William and John sons of a John, near contemporary to the above Robert, were indexed as FARIBEWER and FAIRBWIER respectively, even though their clearly enumerated relationship to John (born abt 1778 at Stamfordham and indexed as FAIRBAIRN, living at Horsley Barns) was son in both instances.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Notables updated

A review of the Summary Patriarchs Page for broken links brought up the family of William & Mary MOTT) FAIRBAIRN of Philadelphia and New York, and their son Revd Dr Robert  Brinckerhoff FAIRBAIRN.
The latter has now been included in the Notables list.
If anyone can shed any light on the rather "interesting" family history claims in Robert's son Henry's biography, it would be good to update William's page - or gain a direct male line candidate of the line for the DNA project. Suspect however that this family is one that has "daughtered out".

Monday, April 9, 2012


Another lineage, that of Robert & Janet (HOGARTH) FAIRBAIRN was missed in the transfer of family information from the dna to the One Name Study pages.
They are therefore listed in the recent changes index because of this shift, rather than any new information becoming available.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Francis, Andrew and James

The One Name Study pages have been uploaded to include research from 2009 (this GenForum post refers) re Andrew FAIRBAIRN in Ontario, married to Eliza Ann HAGERMAN.

The activity was prompted by the realisation that another researcher (John) needed to be transferred from the older DNA Surnames researcher list to the now current list on the One Name Study pages, which now also include John's ancestors Francis & Isabella (HENDERWICK) FAIRBAIRN, a family often shown as Andrew's parents but without any supporting evidence.

Would be good to get a direct male line FAIRBAIRN from Andrew's line to represent it in the FAIRBAIRN DNA project, and one from the line of the Ednam blacksmiths line that very circumstantial evidence may link to the Fogo smith believed to be Andrew's father - James, married to Margaret HOG. And/or any evidence placing Andrew with his correct family.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The NZ connection?

This FAIRBAIRN Rootsweb Message board post refers.

Interested to hear from anyone with any light to shed on the topic of whether or not John the son of Henry and Mary (YOUNG) FAIRBAIRN is the John who married Annie MIDDLEWOOD in Chorlton cum Hardy, Lancashire, and if so, why family (Eric MEKIE writing in 1977), thought John had gone "to NZ".

As John has not yet been definitively found in the 1881 census, perhaps he went and returned?

Regardless of the answer to the above question, the One Name Study pages have been updated to include Henry in his family tree, the line of John & Elizabeth (YULE) FAIRBAIRN and a page included for John.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Tweaks finished? Two new lineages added

The One Name  Study Lineage pages have been fully reloaded.
They should  now include all the person information (as opposed to place) that was once on the Analysis section, and all of the Researcher, Lineage, and Wanted! information that was in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA project supplementary pages.

The recent changes index is therefore a little fuller than normal, with many of the entries merely being there because of the above shift having been completed.
There are some textual alterations as the rationale behind some of the linkages has been reviewed and an attempt made to make some of the conclusions a bit clearer - no doubt more to come.

New to the pages are the trees of :
For the latter we now have a dna representative (F-49), and fingers crossed, should in due course find out how close the relationship between those represented on that row of Earlston headstones might be.
Wish we could find one for the South African family of John son of James and Agnes (BRACK) FAIRBAIRN.

Monday, February 13, 2012


Most of the trees published here are those not well represented online, or included in the dna study, so up to now the Cockburnspath FAIRBAIRNs have not been included.
However, given that it is a one name study, that there are a lot of descendants all over the world, and a lot of people are researching them, a brief tree of the Cockburnspath FAIRBAIRNs has now been included - from George and Christian (BOOKLESS/BUICKLESS/BEUGLASS) FAIRBAIRN. As the disclaimer at the top of each chart says, the tree is by no means complete, merely containing those I've come across in my research and needed to "fit" someone into a tree, or eliminate as a duplicate of someone else etc.

This line still needs a direct male line FAIRBAIRN to represent it in the FAIRBAIRN DNA study.
Which of the other FAIRBAIRN lines do you think they'll most closely connect to?

If you are researching this line and wish to be shown as such on the researchers page, do use the contact email at the foot of each page and let me know.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Summary DNA result page has been republished to catch up with the more detailed DNA results which confirmed a dna signature for the line of John A FAIRBAIRN  & Sarah DAUGHTERTY (see David F-46's DNA page)

The Patriarchs page likewise has had a few links changed to reflect the shift of lineage data from the DNA pages to the One Name Study (ONS) pages, and a few Edinburgh twigs included for the line of John & Alison (MOFFAT) FAIRBAIRN, which twigs are also included in their ONS  lineage 1b4b descendant chart, that of Robert & Elizabeth (CROSBIE) FAIRBAIRN. John & Alison's son John was found working as a mason in Edinburgh (born Smailholm).

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Edinburgh or Dunbar?

The main changes, despite what the Recently changed index shows, are the transfer of James & Elizabeth (PURVES) FAIRBAIRN of Hallyburton from the Analysis section to the Lineage section of the site.
Two particular additions are the inclusion of the mysterious Robert FAIRBAIRN, engineer supposedly born Eckford, and the slater George FAIRBAIRN (married to Christian CLAPPERTON), of either Edinburgh or Dunbar.
Sanna's "update" is merely to link her to her family tree, and most of the other recent changes are cosmetic.