I was very active in the first decades of Y DNA projects. I admin several projects still, and I wrote an article about my own Haplogroup, trying to cut through all the nonsense. This also led to some published correspondence:
Lancaster, Andrew (2009), "Y Haplogroups, Archaeological Cultures and Language Families: a Review of the Multidisciplinary Comparisons using the case of E-M35", Journal of Genetic Genealogy 5 (1)
Lancaster, Andrew (2010), "Chadic languages and Y haplogroups", European Journal of Human Genetics 18, 1185; doi:10.1038/ejhg.2010.88
Lancaster, Andrew (2007), "The de Lancasters of Westmorland: Lesser-Known Branches, and the Origin of the de Lancasters of Howgill", Foundations: Journal of the Foundation of Medieval Genealogy (FMG) 2 (4)
Lancaster, Andrew (2019), "The Baronial Baynard Family and its Later Descendants", Foundations: Journal of the Foundation of Medieval Genealogy (FMG) Vol.11.
Lancaster, Andrew (2020), "The Anglo-Norman baronies of Aveley and Crich", Foundations: Journal of the Foundation of Medieval Genealogy (FMG) Vol.12.
My Hastings work I decided to turn into a website instead of publishing in a standard format:
The colonization of Australia created a tight web of early NSW families who I descend from. I have 43 ancestors who migrated to Australia in the 19th century, between 1804 and 1864. 27 of these migrant ancestors were in 11 family emigrations (not counting Jane Wyer), starting with the Livingstones. 10 others had already come as convicts from 1804 to 1835 (counting Jane Wyer's mother as one). 6 apparently came out alone (3 men, 3 women). Jane Wyer, a special case, came with her convict mother and they were the first in my family tree to arrive on Australian soil.
All my 8 great grandparents were born in Australia in the 19th century. Before them, were the immigrations. Out of the 16 great great grandparents, 6 were not born in Australia, and 10 were born in Australia:
2 came as a newly married couple (the Rossingtons on my mother's side).
4 (all among my father's 8 great grandparents) were born overseas and immigrated young with at least one parent in one of the 11 family groups mentioned above.
3 were born in Australia, but to couples who already married and started to have children overseas. (Barnett and Nelson on my father's side and Ross on my mother's.)
3 were born in Australia to couples married in Australia but both born overseas. There was 1 convict among the 6 parents, Michael Spence. Apart from the Spences on my father's side, the other two foreign-born couples who got together in Australia were the Willises and the Thompsons.
2 were born in Australia to couples where the mother was born in Australia, and the father was not. (Through these 2 parents, they had 3 convict grandparents.) Both these are on my mother's side: Louisa Bradley and Ruth Stearns, both of whose mothers had convict parents.
Only 2, the "most Australian", were born to 2 Australian-born parents: one on my father's side, Harriet Rebecca Barber, and one on my mother's side, George Livingstone. Their 8 grandparents included 5 convicts, the child of a convict (Jane Wyer) and a Scottish Livingstone couple who came out newly married already in the 1830s, before the bigger waves of free settlers.
Of my 32 great great grandparents then, only 6 were born in Australia, each of those with at least one convict parent except in the case of the Livingstone family. But nearly all of them died in Australia, most in the 19th century:
Of my father's 16 great grandparents, only two did not die in Australia. One (Elizabeth Mahony) died on the ship coming to Australia, and the other (William Norton) had also apparently planned to follow his wife and family eventually.
On my mother's side, the parents of George and Jane Rossington, who were among the last to make the trip on this side of the family, probably all died in England. George's father in unknown.
The first 10 immigrants between 1804 and 1835 were convicts:
Michael Spence. Transported on the Asia, arriving 27 June 1833. A London bigamist, who did well in Australia. His later appointment as a JP led to a debate in parliament about the ethics of bringing up convict pasts.
John Barber. Transported on the Marquis of Wellington from London 1st Sep 1814 to Sydney 27th Jan 1815 via Madeira and Rio. Went to Australia for involvement in the theft of a horse. Died as one of Goulburn's first horse doctors.
The mother of Jane "Wyer" (various spellings). Transported on the Experiment (departed Spithead 6 Dec 1803 Dec 6, arrived Sydney 24 June 1804). Some doubts exist about whether the biological mother was Elizabeth Ware, whose maiden name was apparently Lightburn, or Mary West aka Sarah Tandy who actually brought her up. See the profile of Jane. I tend to believe it was Elizabeth who was an accessory for a money forging accusation against her husband. (The Bank of England had special powers extending even to life and death.) Remarkably, Elizabeth managed to stow away back to England, explaining why the baby was left with a shipmate who managed to marry in the colony.
John Abel Avery. Transported on the Asia (2) in 1822. A chimney sweep who stole a silver spoon drying on a window sill.
Charlotte Emma Davis. Transported on the Princess Charlotte in 1827. A Londoner who stole some money from an inn she was working and living in.
William Plaw. Transported on the Hercules 11 (1) arriving 7 May 1825. Highway robbery in Surrey and Sussex, apparently twice in a short period.
Margaret Jones, the wife of William Plaw, from southwest England. Transported on the Mary 111 (5) arriving 6 Sep 1835. Also known by other names, and she is a bit of a mystery. William posted in newspapers that he would not pay her bills.
John Painter. Transported on the Speke departed 22 Dec 1820 arrived Sydney 18th May 1821. A Gloucestershire man who absconded numerous times in Australia and even managed to get married under a false identity.
Susan Wainwright. Transported 11th December 1832 from Whitby on the Diana. It arrived in Sydney on 25th May 1833. John Painter's wife. She got caught with stolen money in the Manchester area, but possibly she was Irish.
George Oakes. Transported on the Speke 3 of 1826, for being a party in a poaching incident that the court decided to treat as attempted murder, as an example to the lower class. Another judge made an example of him in Australia after achieving freedom. (In both cases the judge's speeches were recorded in newspapers, both referring to George as an example being set for his class.) A major attempted cattle heist in the Canberra region, which no one was caught red handed for, led to him being sent to Tasmania and Norfolk Island. But he survived.
The free immigrants in my family tree start after the convicts, 1836-1864, with 10 immigrations in the 1850s:
Susan Casey apparently came as part of a special emigration programme for young Irish women on the James Pattison which arrived 11 Feb 1836, sailing from Cork. There has been a fictionalized novel written about her.
The newly married Livins, or Livingstones (a spelling they settled on later) arrived Sydney 18th Dec 1838 on the Portland.
The Lancasters came in the Agnes. Liverpool 1 November 1841, Sydney 13 March 1842
Emily Maria Hollis probably came to Australia on the Duke of Portland (via Victoria) in 1850, as part of the "distressed needlewomen" programme, intended to move unmarried women from English cities out to Australia.
Matthew Bradley arrived in Victoria, Australia on the "El Dorado" on 19 Nov 1852 at the age of 19, with his brother Thomas Bradley. (Two other brothers, Anthony Hutchinson Bradley, and James Bradley, traveled out the next year on the "Mobile". But their parents had passed away earlier.)
The Mahonys left Liverpool 27 August 1852, aboard the America. They arrived motherless in the new and remote colony of Moreton Bay on 10th January 1853.
The Nelsons came from Gravesend to Sydney on the Java, which arrived 24 April 1853.
William Stearns came to Australia on the Plantagenet of 1854, and changed his name to John once there.
The Knight family arrived in Sydney on 25 February 1855 as assisted immigrants. They had paid one pound to sail on the ship Bengal which had left Southhampton, England on 17 November 1854.
The Willis family 31 Mar 1855 Southampton , 5 Jul 1855 in Sydney, on the Blenheim.
The Nortons came on several boats. Scotia arrived 11 Jul 1849, Garland 15 Mar 1851, Bolton 23 Jun 1853, Mangerton 29 Jul 1855. Jane and her mother were on the Mangerton.
The Robinsons arrived in Sydney on the Conway, 30 Dec 1856, which had departed from Liverpool.
Louisa Lydia Barwell 3 Mar 1859 on the Hornet having left Plymouth in 1858. She apparently traveled alone and had no family waiting. Described as a 21 year old "Nurse".
Henry Thompson claimed many years later to have arrived on a ship named Boston in 1861. This has not been possible to confirm.
The Ross family arrived in Sydney 28 Jan 1864 on the Sirocco (1)
The Rossingtons arrived in Brisbane on the Queen of the South, which apparently arrived 31 Jul 1864. They traveled from Brisbane to Sydney on the ship "Yarra Yarra" arriving in Sydney 7 June 1866.
People interested in military history, or just how events fit together, will want to know that two of my immigrant ancestors were daughters of soldiers in the Napoleonic wars. One of these ladies was herself born in Egypt while her father Charles Bentley, an Irish solider, was on the campaign being led there by Nelson. The other, John Debenham fought under Wellington in Portugal and Spain, and later married while serving in Ireland, before returning to the English village he was born in.
"Genetically", looking pre-migration at the great great great grandparent generation around 1800, both my parents (and therefore me) have at least about two thirds English ancestry and 20% Irish. (People did move around before 1800, and it is not always clear where people were from.) The rest is Scottish and Welsh and Henry Thompson appears to have been Norwegian (3.1% of my ancestry). But where tracing beyond 1600 is possible it becomes clear how interconnected Europe has always been...
A path back to the middle ages
On the other hand, I have one "gateway ancestor" to medieval genealogy so far: my great, great, great, great, great, great grand mother Dorothy Flacke. Although the concept of gateway ancestors is more typical in American genealogy, Australians can note that the great grand daughter of Dorothy who emigrated to Australia was Louisa Lydia Barwell (she being my great, great, great grandmother). Several of Louisa's siblings also went to New Zealand. I think that when speaking in our antipodean circles we may call these gateway ancestors?
The lesson learned from this line is that the further back a person is, the higher the chance of finding a connection to anyone, anywhere.
Through Dorothy my most recent royal descent discovered so far is Edward III (21st great grandfather).
A 6th cousin 7 times removed of Horatio Nelson. Most recent known common ancestor Robert Kempe. (He and Dorothy's were much more closely related by marriage though. Dorothy's aunt married the admiral's father's first cousin. The Flacks and Nelsons were both clerical families in the villages of northwestern coastal Norfolk.)
A 17th cousin 3 times removed of George VI, Queen Elizabeth's father. Most recent known common ancestor: Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland.
I have checked the above examples. But an interesting case showing that work that needs to be done in Wikitree is for example trying to define if I have a relationship to Thomas Cromwell, and Oliver Cromwell. Last I checked, Wikitree says my most recent common ancestor for Thomas is Maud Bernake. (With Oliver I also have a connection through his maternal grandmother Joan Warren it seems, going back to Gascoigne, who is also my common ancestor with "Princess Kate" mentioned above. The FitzWilliams and Gascoignes have a lot of descendants it seems.)
Despite what Wikitree has, I understand there is some level of doubt about Cromwell's ancestry beyond his grandfather. Furthermore it seems Wikitree might have it wrong even compared to the accounts which exist. More likely my most recent common direct ancestor is Ralph - Maud Bernake's father-in-law, not her husband.
There are also post-medieval ancestors from outside Britain and Ireland in Dorothy's ancestry.
Catharina Panizzone came from northern Italy in the late Middle Ages and was also from a prominent medical family.
It is a great boon to genealogy that in America, a lot of genealogists are into the idea of being descended from the "surety barons" who were chosen by the rebels as the authorities to enforce the Magna Carta. It is a handy set of men to aim at for a genealogist, because for many families lucky enough to be traceable into the middle ages, this is right at the moment when records start to become a bit easier to follow. Even very famous noble lines get confused before then. However on wikitree the relationship tool will not work this far back, and in any case going this far back you often come across bits needing a lot of re-checking. So I check descents from my "gateway ancestor", Dorothy, who lived closer in time to those people.
One point we can derive from this tool on Wikitree is that most of Dorothy's ancestors were traceable "cousins", at least distantly:
In every case Dorothy descends from a Magna Carta Baron, at least one of the connections is through Dorothy's most "noble" recent ancestor, her great, great, great, great grandmother Anne LeStrange, a descendant of King Edward III.
Another person in Dorothy's tree but not Anne's, with many direct Magna Carta ancestors is Mary Drury. But then again Anne descended from Mary's great grandfather Nicholas Drury, making them second cousins (though 6 times removed, Mary being several generations earlier than Anne).
More such key ancestors deserve mention although their paper trails to Dorothy are less certain, for example:
Below are links to show the relationships according to wikitree (in late 2015) between my "gateway ancestor" (own definition), Dorothy Flacke, and the Magna Carta surety Barons with descendants, as listed at the Magna Carta Project.
William d'Albini. William is the 16th great grandfather of Dorothy, 14th great grandfather of Anne, not a direct ancestor of Mary Drury, and 7th great grandfather of Thomas Hervey.
Hugh Bigod. Hugh is the 16th great grandfather of Dorothy, 13th great grandfather of Anne, 7th great grandfather of Mary, but not a direct ancestor of Thomas.
Roger Bigod, Hugh's father so Roger is the 17th great grandfather of Dorothy, and 14th great grandfather of Anne.
Henry de Bohun. Henry I is the 16th great grandfather of Dorothy, and 13th great grandfather of Anne. (Dorothy also has at least one line not through Anne.)
Gilbert de Clare. Gilbert is the 15th great grandfather of Dorothy, and 12th great grandfather of Anne. (Dorothy also has a proposed, but I think unprovable, connection independently of Anne, through a Clifford family in Kent.)
Richard de Clare. Gilbert's father so Richard is the 16th great grandfather of Dorothy and 13th great grandfather of Anne.
Robert FitzWalter. Robert is the 17th great grandfather of Dorothy, and Wikitree's chosen line is through Anne.
William de Huntingfield. William is the 18th great grandfather of Dorothy, and Wikitree's chosen line is through Anne.
John de Lacy. John is the 15th great grandfather of Dorothy, and 12th great grandfather of Anne. (Dorothy again also has a proposed, but I think unprovable, connection independently of Anne, through a Clifford family in Kent.)
William de Lanvalay. William is the 19th great grandfather of Dorothy, and Wikitree's chosen line is through Anne.
William Malet. No direct descent yet. William and Dorothy are second cousins 15 times removed. William is a grandson of Dorothy's (and Anne's, through at least one more line) 16th great grandfather, Hugh de Mortimer. I will try to add more of William's descendants to Wikitree, but it seems many stayed in south Wales and southwestern England, far away from Dorothy, while some also ended up in France. (The Magna Carta generation were the same generation who needed to start thinking very seriously about whether they were French or English, because of the loss of Normandy. Some families ended up splitting different ways in order to keep possessions in both kingdoms.)
William de Mowbray. William is the 18th great grandfather of Dorothy, and the 12th great grandfather of Anne, and Wikitree's chosen line is through Anne.
Saher de Quincy. Saher IV is the 15th great grandfather of Dorothy and the 14th great grandfather of Anne. (Dorothy has at least one line not through Anne.)
Robert de Ros. Robert II is the 16th great grandfather of Dorothy and the 11th great grandfather of Anne. (Dorothy has at least one line not through Anne.)
Geoffrey de Say. Geoffrey is the 18th great grandfather of Dorothy, and Wikitree's chosen line is through Anne.
Robert de Vere. Robert I is the 15th great grandfather of Dorothy Flacke, 11th great grandfather of Anne LeStrange, and 6th great grandfather of Mary Drury through a different path.
I might as well do the same for the list of "Illustrious Men" who were at Runnymede representing the side of King John...
Phillipe d’Aubigny. Wikitree says no issue, but Dorothy is Phillipe's 16th great grand niece. (Dorothy descends from his sister Gunnora.)
William Longespée (King John's illegitimate half brother). William is the 15th great grandfather of Dorothy.
Robert de Roppesley. He had no children according to Wikitree, although I have seen it claimed otherwise (and indeed that his name should be Robert de Rokkeley). I presume he was the de Roppesley that was knocked down by William Marshall in his 70s in Lincoln, Roppesley having switched sides.
These are not all checked in detail by me, and it is hopeful the results can change as wikitree improves. Some links will probably need to be broken because unproven. However the above says something about the ancestry of Dorothy.
Some centuries earlier there is the list of 21 confirmed companions of William the Conqueror (21st great grandfather of Dorothy) in 1066 at Hastings (as found for example on Wikipedia):
Geoffrey de Mowbray, Bishop of Coutances. No known descendants it seems.
Robert, Count of Mortain, afterwards first Earl of Cornwall (brother of Bishop Odo, half brother of William the Conqueror). 21st great grandfather of Dorothy.
Wadard, believed to be a follower of the Bishop of Bayeux. There do seem to be lines surviving to today, but no connection so far.
Vital, believed to be a follower of the Bishop of Bayeux.
Goubert d'Auffay, seigneur of Auffay. I have not identified this person.
Humphrey of Tilleul-en-Auge. I have not identified this person.
1. Firstly, as a Lancaster I am interested in the first family who definitely called themselves Lancasters as a family name, the Barons of Kendal (William I-> William II-> Helewise). I can trace lines to them through the above-mentioned Louisa Barwell, who is however on my mother's side. William I has a good trail. Hawise has several possible paths, but all include some doubtful links (parents of Dacre-114, mother of Fitz Lewes-1, father of Fauconberg-5, [[mother of Camoys-28, etc.)
2. Royalty? Lancaster genealogists surely all sometimes wonder about the "House of Lancaster" in the War of the Roses. This was not a "Lancaster family" but a branch of the "Plantagenet" royal family. In theory they might have given Lancaster as a surname to illegitimate children, but they are not known to have originated major Lancaster families in Britain. In any case:
As it happens my one known descent from Edward III is via John of Gaunt (Ghent), Duke of Lancaster (and born in Gent, Belgium), the founder of that dynasty. This is once again via my mother, and has nothing to do with my surname.
Are there any descents at all today from the Lancastrian kings themselves, Henry IV, V and IV? Have a look at the Edward III descents project. There are some illegitimate grandchildren of Henry IV who have descendants. The most well-known ones descend from Henry Grey, Lord of Powys in Wales, who married Antigone, daughter of Humphrey the Duke of Gloucester. There may be more lines in France, descended from Antigone's second marriage or from her cousin Mary, daughter of John Duke of Bedford. Mary had a brother "Richard Bastard of Bedford" who married in England.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Andrew or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup E-L143, FTDNA kit #22762