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the article and data that initiated the Ravenstonedale  project


our project page on the Family Tree DNA website

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click to open a pdf of the latest results spreadsheet

NB published results do NOT include the name of the tester, but show the details of the tester's most distant known ancestor (MDKA)

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Ravenstonedale DNA project

Ravenstonedale DNA project

Results so far ...

As this project grew out of the ADAMTHWAITE surname project, a majority of the results so far are for descendants of the various lines of Adamthwaites that originated in Ravenstonedale.  We are gradually adding results for descendants of other surnames - please contact me if you have already tested with Family Tree DNA and have Ravenstonedale ancestry.  You can join several surname, geographic and haplogroup projects.

Latest yDNA results

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Family Finder results

We now have 31 sets of Family Finder results within our project - between us we represent a growing number of the old Ravenstonedale families.  We welcome new project members who can provide satisfactory genealogical data showing that they have at least one branch of their ancestry that originated in Ravenstonedale before 1800.


Family Finder tests are only expected to reliably demonstrate matches at a distance of five or six generations, so this part of the project is somewhat experimental in nature!  However, our experience within the Adamthwaite surname project has been that distant matches have been identified within AND between different lines, at a closer level than one would expect - we believe these connections are likely to actually be as a result of the many intermarriages between the old Ravenstonedale families.  Several project members have as much as a quarter of their DNA originating in this small corner of north-west England.


It is not easy to present the findings in a clear way (the matrix I was using initially has become too unwieldy and complicated now the number of Family Finder results has risen way beyond the 15 in the original matrix!)  However, we are able to make one-to-one comparisons between sets of results where it is suspected there is a genetic connection.

Currently, we have 26 sets of yDNA test results in our Group Project: nine represent ADAMTHWAITE descendants (representing six different Adamthwaite lines), one FAWCETT descendant, three SWINBANK descendants and three  FOTHERGILL descendants,plus one each representing the surnames BECK, BELL and FLETCHER.  In addition we have included several sets of results that closely match members carrying known Ravenstonedale surnames.


All men tested at least 37 markers with Family Tree DNA, however we can include yDNA results in the project from other test companies.


You can read more about these results, including information about the Haplogroups represented on this page.

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