Our Unique Eaves yDNA Project

In comparing our Eaves yDNA project with other surname projects that emigrated from the United Kingdom, we find a very unique difference. This lies in the ‘haplotypes’ that are most common in the UK – and how our project differs.

We are able to view the other name project charts (shown with just kit numbers, but without given names for security reasons). In doing so, we find that around 70% of those UK lineages are in the R1b1 haplogroup. That particular haplogroup is so much larger than the other haplogroups, that there can be many unrelated family lines within the group – separated by the large number of genetic distances in their results. Not so in our Eaves DNA project! All our Eaves males who have taken the yDNA test and fall in the I2b1, E1b1b1, or I1 haplogroups are all related to others who are in the same group.

Within the last few years, we’ve had two family lines found within that R1b1 haplogroup, (originating from the same region of the world). However, those two families are not related to each other. (A haplotype is a related family unit within a haplogroup, determined by the matching yDNA result numbers).

Our Iowa Eaves family matched the results to an Eves in Ireland. The Oswald Eve Quaker line have found a match within their own lineage. Ancestors of the Iowa family entered America from Canada, and the Oswald Eve family entered through a South Carolina port. All our other Eaves lines appear to have entered through Virginia.

These new R1b1 matches will change the way we use colored name tags at our EFNA reunions, since now we have Eaves family lines that fall within the R1b1 haplotypes. Before, the only Eaves yDNA project members whose results fell into the R1b1 haplotypes were those whose paternal lineage was adopted into another Eaves line. Most often (but not always) we have found this result when a widow with children marries an Eaves and her children take the surname of their new step-father.

From now on, at our reunions, only the R1b1 family lines will use the rose colored tags. All other attendees will wear the colored tag of the family they were adopted into, but placing colored dot stickers on their tag to show they came from an adopted-in paternal lineage.

Another reason for members to wear the name-tag color of their adoptive family is that in researching for their paternal lineage, it would more likely be found in the records of their adoptive family.

LoisEaves@live.com (Lois Eaves) – Eaves project DNA administrator
jf5635@hotmail.com (John O. Eaves) – Eaves project DNA co-administrator

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