Cumpston Research

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Project Background:


In 2008 I started a DNA study to try to sort out the various CUMPSTON lines.


The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and back in time. You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown. If you believe there is a Cumpston or variant in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, you will need to find a direct line male in your family tree to participate and represent your tree.


We encourage males who order a Y DNA test to order 37 markers, if possible. If you order less markers, you can upgrade later, though this costs a little more.


Both males and females may also be interested in learning about their direct female line, which would be their mother, their mother's mother, and back in time. Both men and women inherit mtDNA, although only women pass it on. You would order a mtDNA test. For matches in a genealogical time frame, order the mtDNA Plus test.  


Project Goals:

* Discover information to help with our family history research

* Discover which family trees are related

* Discover information which may solve research problems, and/or resolve brick walls


* Sort out multiple families found in the same location

* Confirm or get clues regarding migrations

* Confirm suspected events, such as illegitimacy and adoption


* Find any mistaken connections in family trees

* Validate family history research

* Bridge gaps in the paper records

* Confirm surname variants or find previously unknown variants


* Discover information to define the major branches of the tree going back to the origin of the surname

* Discover information about the evolution of the surname

* Discover clues regarding the origin of the surname

* Combine results with research in early records to determine the number of points of origin for the surname


* Preserve DNA results for future research, to protect against any male line becoming extinct

* Discover information about our distant origins  


Project News:


We are just getting started and encourage you to join us in our discoveries.




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Robert Leigh   has completed an MTDNA markers test  which confirmed him as a member of mtDNA Haplogroup H.  You can see his Cumbria and Lancashire tree here.