BRABAZON DNA PROJECT - FROM THE EDITOR, MICHAEL BRABAZON

Calling all male Brabazons (no discrimination intended, ladies!).

Genealogical paper trail gone cold? Spent years attempting in vain to verify your ancestry? This may be the answer you were looking for...........I have just commenced a Brabazon Y chromosome matching project, hosted by FamilyTreeDNA website.

WHAT IS IT?

The Y chromosome is passed from father to son and is traceable over many generations. Therefore, male descendants from a common ancestor will show common Y markers. There are two levels of testing: the 12-marker will establish a blood relationship and the 25-marker has the possibility of indicating how many generations back the division occurred (e.g. a 7th cousin rather than a 10th).

HOW ARE DNA SAMPLES TAKEN?

The DNA kit consists of two small brushes which are used to rub the inside of the cheek. They are placed in small sealed containers and sent to the lab for analysis. See below for details.

WHY DO WE NEED THE PROJECT?

I have identified a number of reasons that this project will prove invaluable to many individuals and their families as well as to the Clan as a whole.

Firstly, there are many Brabazons who can only trace back a few generations with little hope of further success. The basic 12-marker test will establish a blood relationship to the Brabazon Clan and the 25-marker test will assist in which area to concentrate research. I'm sure I don't have to spell out how much wasted time and money can be expended in fruitless dead ends.

There are cases of assumed branch relationship but, as yet, undocumented. Two immediately spring to mind: the descendants of Hon John Brabazon and those of Anthony Brabazon and Margaret Malone of Ballinasloe. The 25-marker test should be able to indicate where Hon John split from the Meath lineage, assuming we can get a male descendant of the elder lineage to come forward. For the latter case, the only documentation I know of that links the William ancestor of the branches claiming descent from Anthony and Margaret to that couple are two family letters in my cousin's possession which talk of a young Billy as their son. The 25-marker test should show a closer link to myself as I am from the Ballinasloe line, settled at Swinford.

For the Clan as a whole, we can address the 'problem' of the historical record of the change of name of the O Brollaghains to Brabazon (see Special Message from the Editor). In the process of identifying the Brabazon
markers we may also be able to identify those of the O Brollaghains, the ramifications of which maybe a new corporate identity for the Clan.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

The website is www.familytreedna.com Go to the home page and search on Brabazon. Click on Brabazon. Order either the Y chromosome 12-marker or 25-marker kit. By ordering it via the Brabazon project there is a reduction is price.

IS IT CONFIDENTIAL?

As the project manager, I alone - besides the individual being tested - will have access to the results. There will be no disclosure of personal information beyond what the individual agrees to or requests.

If you would like to comment on or discuss the project, please contact me on the Editor's e-mail address.

Michael Brabazon
November 2003