Are you aware of "black sheep" descended from Sir John Field England?

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"Sir John Field, b 1525 East Ardsley England" came up in a DNA match list. He was an astronomer. The surnames "Field" and "Fields" are found frequently this family DNA matches. However, we have no record of that name anywhere in our known family tree. One hypothesis is that a Field descendant was a pirate, other criminal, or a descendant of one, and wanted to start over and become more acceptable with a new name. It makes genealogy very difficult but, maybe nowadays, not impossible. Thank you in advance for any light you could shed into this dark mystery.
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in Genealogy Help by Marion Ceruti G2G6 Mach 7 (79.9k points)

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Hi, well there are lots on ins and outs to dna testing.  Usually autosomal dna testing can identify dna matches going back 5 or so generations or so.  Even with a big paper family tree it can be hard to place other family names you will find.

Possibly doing a y dna study of the Fields family would help out.

There is also a more advanced website called dna painter that helps you figure out which parts of your dna goes back to which ancestors.

Can I ask where you found the dna match to this John Field?
by Erik Granstrom G2G6 Mach 2 (26.5k points)

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