Burgess Project Report #19


Burgess DNA Project Report #19

Dear Cousins,

It's been awhile since my last report. I was involved earlier this year in writing another book (currently in press), and then began a major revision of the Burgess DNA Project website in June, doubling the size of the two Ancestral Families sections. These additions have recently been uploaded, and can be now viewed at www.millefleurs.tv by clicking on the "Burgess Genealogy" link. I'd very much appreciate any corrections or updates you can provide on your own families.

The project has grown substantially, now approaching some 200 participants worldwide. Each revision of the website has taken more time and effort, as I try to provide additional background material on each of the families represented in the Project. For example, I worked for more than a month this summer on just one line (the Thomas Burgess family of Orange and Pittsylvania Cos., Virginia), since this was the least developed of the large Burgess families in the Project. I'll continue to add background information on the progenitors of the lines as I have time and energy, citing as many sources as possible--but not all of the family groups listed on the site have yet been thoroughly researched.

I encourage those of you who haven't officially joined the Project (even if you've already been tested by a company other than FT DNA) to please do so, and those of you who haven't yet provided me with background data on your families to send me what you have on your earliest known Burgess ancestor. Your ancestral information helps other Burgess researchers establish a context for your lines, and also encourages other participants to join the Project. I also encourage all of our participants who can afford to do so to enhance their records to at least 37 markers.

For those of you who want to participate, Family Tree DNA usually offers a specially discounted price for ordering tests in December. And, as before, if any of you wish to join the Burgess DNA Project, but can't afford to do so during these tough economic times, please write to me privately, and we'll find the funds somewhere. Remember that we need individuals who have a direct-male descent from the original progenitor of your line. (Those of you who wish to contribute to our group support fund may do so through FT DNA at www.familytreedna.com/contribution.html; every dime we receive goes towards funding DNA tests for other members of the group.)

I'm excited to tell you that we have a number of major new matches.

At the head of the list is the family of Joel Burgess of Bedford Co., Virginia, and Laurens Co., South Carolina. A known descendant of this line joined the Project early this year, and his results, when received, matched the numbers of three other lines--a great outcome! Since Joel lived earlier in time than the heads of the other three families, he may be the common progenitor.

Descendants of Adam Burgess of Dumfries Co., Scotland, and Joseph Drury Burgess of Sumter Co., South Carolina (originally of County Antrim, Ireland) have matched. The Scottish family is earlier in time, and may be the senior line here.

A descendant of James Burgess of Sussex Co., England, has matched the representatives of two New England families.

We also have our first random match between two British lines, with descendants of Francis Burgess of Berkshire Co. and Richard Burgess of Hertfordshire Co., England, now shown to be part of the same family group.

The family of John Burgess of Humphreys Co., Tennessee has been tentatively pushed back another generation into North Carolina--and what we thought might be a possible cognate line, the family of Austin "Auzy" Burgess of neighboring Dickson Co., Tennessee, has actually matched separately with the family group comprising Edward Burgess of Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, and William Burgess of Montgomery Co., Maryland. Sometimes NOT finding a connection between two neighboring families is as important as proving one.

We also many other new matches with the larger Burgess family groups already represented in the Project.

Family Tree DNA and the genetic genealogical community did a major revision of the haplotype charts twice during this year, in May and October--and in each case much of the terminology of the groups was changed as many new sub-clades were discovered, named, and announced. I was able to put the name changes from the most recent (October) revision only into the two files that list the Project Participants and Progenitors; the Ancestral Families files still retain the terminology from the May revision, which itself was much altered from before. If you want more detailed information, please contact me privately. The changes remind us that much of the science behind genetic genealogy is rapidly developing and altering, with new tools and information becoming available at an ever-increasing rate.

We have a number of new tests currently pending, and some of these results will reveal new connections and new affiliations. Thanks to everyone for your constant encouragement, feedback, and support. It's much appreciated.

All best:

Michael Burgess
Burgess DNA Project Coordinator



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