6 Dec 2008Ancestors of Annselan O' Cahan
In recent years, DNA analysis has opened up new opportunities in family history research. DNA studiesuse repetitions in the DNA that occurs between genes, as markers.Y-DNA studies are based on the fact that any mutation in the Y chromosome is passed to all maleoffspring. Unlike the X chromosome, where one is inherited from both parents, male children inherit onlyone Y chromosome so it passes unchanged down the male line of descent, except when mutations occur.So the closer the markers match, the closer two men are related. Since females receive two Xchromosomes, they cannot have this test done on themselves, so they usually ask their father or a brotherto be a subject in a Y-DNA study.Mitochondrial DNA studies can be done on males or females, but in both cases it traces the female line of descent. Since mitochondrial DNA changes very very slowly, typically these studies trace back to femaleancestors who lived 20,000 - 40,000 years ago, before the latest ice age (when no one lived in the BritishIsles). This is often referred to as “deep ancestry”.Y-DNA studies show changes within recent generations, so it is more frequently used by genealogists.The report on a Y-DNA study of our cousin Clifford Buchanan III, said that he was of a typical chieflyline of clan Buchanan.All Buchanan chiefs traced their ancestry from the founder of the clan, Anselan O’Kyan (Annselan O’Cahan) an Irish prince who came to Scotland with some retainers and helped King Malcolm II of Scotland to repel Danish invaders. A few months ago I received a gedcom file of Anselan’s ancestry fromMary Slawson of the Human Family Project, in response to an email message. It seemed like a perfectchance to look at an interesting ancestral line.As further information becomes available from various Irish historical and genealogical projects, we maylearn even more.The kings of Ireland, our ancestors, like the rulers of other lands, had genealogies prepared that tracedtheir lineage back to Adam and Eve or the gods of classical mythology. The first book is considered asserious genealogy, but the further you go back the less reliable it becomes. I am the beneficiary of acolossal research project that seeks to compile an Irish genealogy from all existing historical records.I hope you enjoy these four books. They can be copied and shared for free.Bill Buchanan 6 December 2008RR 3 Site 304 Box 11, Onoway, AB T0E 1V0, Canada firstname.lastname@example.orgMore on Mary Slawson:http://deseretbook.com/authors/author-info/4030
Mary H. Slawson is a research specialist for Ireland andthe Netherlands and also chairs the Human Family Project, a fully referenced compilation of familyhistories of Dutch and Irish immigrants to America between 1600 and 1850. She lives in Redmond,Washington, with her husband and two children.
Getting It Right: A Definitive Guide to Recording Family History Accurately
by Mary H. Slawson sku 4462873[The Human Family Project is also constructing an Irish genealogy from King Milesius to 1600 AD, andthis project is the source of the gedcom file I received from Mary Slawson. – Bill Buchanan]