the article and data that initiated the Ravenstonedale project
our project page on the Family Tree DNA website
The project aims to discover more about the families that were living in Ravenstonedale before 1800. Early records show the following to be the most frequently mentioned surnames in the parish in the first 100 years of Parish Registers:
However, many of the above surnames were also very common elsewhere in the north of England! There were also many other surnames that appeared in parish records before 1800 and some on the above list disappeared. The important thing is for you to provide a documented pedigree showing that your ancestors were established in Ravenstonedale before 1800 to be included in the DNA project.
Eventually, we aim to provide links to a page of information about each of the surnames represented in our project, including family trees.
yDNA - so far we have yDNA results for testers representing the surnames coloured blue on the above list - ADAMTHWAITE, SWINBANK, FAWCETT and FOTHERGILL. We welcome yDNA testers with any of the above surnames, though for this part of the project you will need to be a male and carry the Ravenstonedale surname yourself.
Our Family Finder test results represent a number of Ravenstonedale surnames, as most of us who have tested have ancestors from several old R'dale families as a result of the many marriages which took place between different families in the parish in the years before 1800! As well as all the blue surnames, all those shown in green on the above list appear in the family trees of one or more of the 28 Family Finder testers in our project to date. Family Finder tests examine your autosomal DNA, so for this part of the project you can be male or female and your Ravenstonedale ancestors can appear in any branch of your family tree.