How Irish am I?

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After taking part in the twitterchat this week about researching our Irish ancestors, I decided to check out how Irish I truly am via my DNA tests.

LivingDNA:

  • Sue is 96% British and Irish. Out of that, Northern Ireland and South West Scotland 13.5% and 6.3% Ireland
  • Mum is 100% British and Irish. Out of that, Northern Ireland and South West Scotland 14.9% and 2.3% Ireland
  • Dad is 100% British and Irish. Out of that, Northern Ireland and South West Scotland 3.2% and 24.8% Ireland
  • My brother is 100% British and Irish. Out of that, Northern Ireland and South West Scotland 15.1% and 17.2% Ireland

Ancestry:

  • Sue is 32% Scotland and Northern Ireland and 10% Ireland.
  • Mum is 19% Scotland and Northern Ireland and 7% Ireland.
  • Dad is 39% Scotland and Northern Ireland and 19% Ireland.
  • My brother is 31% Scotland and Northern Ireland and 11% Ireland.

We have all tested with Ancestry but I am the only one tested with LivingDNA. I uploaded from Ancestry to LivingDNA for mum, dad and my brother.

From these results, looks like my brother is a bit more Irish than me (LivingDNA). I’m also wondering where my 4% from Basque came from. Maybe if I uploaded my Ancestry result at LivingDNA, it would then tell me 100% British and Irish.

From all my research so far I only have the following names and places: Convicts highlighted

Maternal side:

  • 1830’s – Jackson family in Donegal around Garshooey and Carrigans area possibly St Johnstown area as well – Rebecca, father William  senior, brother William Junior, Nellie Jackson,  Jane/Sarah Steele, Ann Jackson who then emigrated to Quebec with two children – she died on Ile Grosse, Rebecca’s mother possibly Catherine Campbell

Paternal side:

  • 1830’s – McCrewney? family in Newry parish, Down, Northern Ireland – Mary with father Francis, brother Thomas also sent to Van Diemens Land
  • 1810’s – Dawson family near Berwick upon Tweed or Eyemouth – William, a brother at Eyemouth
  • 1830’s – McKay family in Cowgate area in Edinburgh – Catherine, father John, siblings Elizabeth, George and Mary
  • 1810’s – Somers family near Wexford – Patrick, wife Johanna nee Cullen (blind), sons John and Thomas – these three then came to Van Diemens Land between 1841 and 1851 as free settlers, Father John in America, brother John and sister Mary Catherine in Wexford.

Now I know a lot more resources to check out for my Irish ancestors, I might spend more time on those especially on dad’s side of the tree. The convict records give some good information including religion, age, trade, literacy level and parents and siblings often. But where does mum get her 20% total from Scotland/Ireland?

Readers: How Irish are you?

Finding cousins everywhere

Yesterday I got a friend request on Facebook. Before accepting requests I go check out the profile page of the person and see if they have friends I recognize. Or if they have similar interests by the other groups they are members of. But this friend request also had the surname England. This made me pause a bit more – my mum’s maiden name is England.  Finally I decided to delete the request.

About half an hour later I got a message this time through the Facebook messenger. It was Sue England – same person who had sent friend request. This time after a bit of chatting back and forward I found out she was my 2C1R and living in New South Wales. Sue was from part of the family I know very little about. My grandfather Henry Lewis England born 1888 and her great grandmother Lucy Grace England born 1894 were siblings.

Lucy Grace had a child Lewis Maxwell England born 30 April 1914.  But Lucy died 8 months later on 7 December 1914 aged just 21.

Sue is Lewis’s grand daughter. Pictured below is Sue and her brother Arthur – permission given to use image.

Sue and her brother Arthur.

Sue was looking for information on Rebecca Jackson her 3x great grandmother. I very quickly directed her to the other posts I have written here on my blog relating to the England side of the family. Rebecca Jackson (convict) married John England (convict) in Hobart in 1854.

Welcome to the family Sue!