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.