Introduction to the Beasley Surname Study

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I just responded to a Beasley post at G2G. I was late getting in on the discussion and I composed a couple of responses that were a little hurried. But since the Beasley surname is my “thing”, I felt I needed to weigh in.

For quite some time, I have been wanting to post a G2G “help wanted” message but I’m always short of being “prepared”. WikiTree has been an excellent place for collaboration and I have worked with some wonderful people over the years at a “micro” level, that is, regarding a specific tree.

The Study as a whole is much larger and more complicated and I have had a hard time finding a way to engage people with the “big picture”. Over the years, I have collected hundreds of contacts and thousands of emails, but I’m always finding myself the hub of all communication, beyond my ability to manage. I could describe what I have done in more detail, but this is not the place for it.

For this note, I will provide links where you at least know what we have. This is the main website I have had in various forms for years. The main thing here is a cover article about the Surname Project. I have about 120 registrants, but I’ve found that my setup has not successfully encouraged people to get to know one another and how we are connected. I have a means, but my limited technical skills have been a problem. This is the public page for the YDNA Project where I try to explain the scope and direction of the work. This is where one can see the broad outline of the Beasley Haplotypes. We have found one major Haplotype, known as “Yellow Group” (note the heading colors on the chart). It has roots in England and two major in-migrations to the US and one to Canada. I estimate that the common ancestor for all the Yellow Group trees would have to be no later than the early 1500’s. Another large Haplotype is Blue Group. We have autosomal evidence to suggest this line is to be found in Australia, but we need YDNA to be sure. The roots in England have so far evaded us. As a member of the Guild, I am participating in the web home they offer for our studies. Eventually, I see this as the central compilation of data that will be protected by the Guild upon my becoming another “ancestor”. All the working Trees for the Project are on Ancestry, but here I have an archive that is updated periodically and publicly available.

I have tried to get some information on WikiTree. It is not as complete or cohesive as I would like, but here are some links if interested:

I welcome questions, suggestions, and discussion. I request patience because I am working on a lot of things with many people at once. I always try to be responsive, but sometimes I lose track of my correspondents.

in The Tree House by Douglas Beezley G2G6 Mach 3 (31.9k points)

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