Jan 122014

In the spring 2013, Annette had one of her mother’s first cousins (a Vienneau descendant of Francois s/o Michel Vienneau\Vianot & Therese Baud) tested for his Y-DNA 37 markers. The test results predicted that he belonged to haplogroup R and is of the subclade R1b1a2 (R-M269). R1b is one of the most common haplogroups in Europe. The R1b subclade evolved through several mutations of the original R group and this R1b subclade journeyed into Europe approximately 25,000 years ago.

We are in the process of testing two more Vienneau descendants from two different sons of Michel and Therese (Jean Baptiste Vienneau who married Magdeleine Lejeune and Joseph Vienneau\Vienneau dit Michaud who married Genevieve LaMontagne and whose descends today go by the surname of Michaud).

Two more generations of the Vianot line in France have been added to the database.  Our thanks to Lea LeBlanc who searched online for many hours and days during 2013 and located this information on the Vianot’s on other websites as well as in online images of old French parish registers.

May 082013

Following my e-mail to cousins on the Oulton line, two cousins agreed to take the Y-DNA 12-marker test while a third cousin ordered the 37-marker test. The initial results for these tests are now available. As hoped, all three results match at the 12 marker level. While we will soon upgrade one of the kits from 12-markers to 37-markers, to confirm we still have a match at that level, there is little reason to suspect we won’t. Once we have a 37-marker match we will know the Y-DNA signature of Charles Oulton who married Abigail Fillmore as he is the most recent common ancestor for the three testers.

Family Tree DNA (the testing company) has now provided a haplogroup prediction of R1b1a2 which has a terminal SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) of M269. This is one of the most common haplogroup in Europe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup_R1b_%28Y-DNA%29).  Given this, I will investigate whether it would be useful to do more SNP testing to determine the specific haplogroup subclade for our Oulton line.

Also, as expected, there are no genealogical significant matches to other non-Oulton test kits. I am not aware of any descendant of any other Oulton family not connected to our John Olton of Tarporley line who are being tested. As I previously mentioned, I have contacted several member of other Oulton families and suggested that they be tested but without success.

You can see the test results on the Oulton DNA Project page at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Oulton/default.aspx?section=yresults.

This page will be updated as additional results are made available.