Burgess Project Newsletter 18

Burgess Surname DNA Project Newsletter #18 December 5, 2007

Dear Burgess Cousins,

I apologize for the delay since my last report. I've been heavily involved this year with writing and editing, with two new novels and several nonfiction books being published in 2007. I also had surgery in February.

We have a number of new matches to report.

Two branches of the family of William Burgess of Marion Co., Tennessee, have been linked genetically. This was a predicted match, so it's no surprise, but it's always great to have confirmation that the base numbers tentatively assigned to a particular Burgess line are correct. That's why we like to have two tests for each line, separated at least at the third-cousin level.

A descendant from the family of Edward Burgess of Fayette Co., Pennsylvania and Monogalia Co., (West) Virginia has been linked genetically with four other families: William Burgess of Montgomery Co., Maryland, Edward Burgess of Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, Samuel Burgess of Calhoun Co., Florida, and James Burgess of Jackson Co., Tennessee. This overall family group is now one of the largest in the project, and appears to go back into the early 1700s in Maryland.

Descendants from the families of William Burgess of Smyth and Russell Cos., Virginia and Sebray Burgess of Rockingham Co., Virginia, have been linked genetically, the first matches for both. Their common ancestor predates the known information on these lines, and appears to go back to the mid-1700s in Virginia.

The line of Thomas Burgess and his son Stephen Burgess of Ontario, Canada, has been linked to the line of Thomas Burgess of Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. Thomas of Ontario was born in Nova Scotia, which is known to have had numerous descendants from the Mass. family who settled there in the 1700s.

For those of you who have been considering joining the Project, now may be a good time: Family Tree DNA is offering a series of financial credits for brand new tests (but no enhancements of existing tests) ordered through Dec. 31, 2007. If you're interested, please contact me for further details, or go directly to the FT DNA website (www.familytreedna.com). We'd love to have more participants! Those of you who want to join but can't afford to do so, please contact me privately, and I'll facilitate your testing.

Any of you who want to contribute funds to the Project through FT DNA, to help family historians with lesser means to participate or order test enhancements, please contact me directly, and I'll be happy to provide you with a direct link to FT DNA.

I've just updated the pages on the project website (at www.millefleurs.tv, under the "Burgess Genealogy" link), including complete reformats of several sections to make them more understandable and usable; these will be uploaded to the site shortly. There are also e-mail links embedded on the project site through which you can always reach me.

We now have 151 results listed on the website. As the project continues to grow, so will the random matches that appear. I want to thank all of you for participating in the Burgess DNA Project, and for your continued moral support. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

All best:

Prof. Michael Burgess

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