Monday, November 26, 2007

Benton County Berrys

The Benton County Berry database has been updated and facelifted and its new version can be seen here.    You will recall that the Benton County Berrys are the descendants of Samuel Berry and Nancy Crow.    The parentage of Samuel Berry has, thus far, been one of the enduring Berry mysteries.

Circumstantial evidence pointed to a genetic relationship with the Augusta/Washington Co. Berrys but DNA testing has proven the error of that belief.    The genetic distance between the Benton County Berrys and the Augusta/Washington Co. Berrys at the 37 marker level is 52, not to mention that their haplogroups are R1b and I1a, respectively.

So now its up to the traditional genealogists to unravel this puzzle, helped, of course, by the ability to genetically test their hypotheses.


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