We've had great success with our yDNA testing to date and have confirmed our common ancestry back to Philip Amidown (1670-1747). In the last several years, more and more records from England have come online. A strong case has been made that our Roger Amadowne (16xx-1673) came from England. There was an Annadown family (various spellings) that lived in Hampshire, England, including a very good candidate for our Roger:
Roger Anidowne, ch. 21 Feb 1607, Ringwood, Hampshire, England, parents Philip Anidowne
This family's name is quite rare and all trace of it is lost in England after 1750.
We have an opportunity to test this theory! I am in contact with a descendant of John Annadown who came to America in the 1700s and fought in the Revolutionary War. Unfortunately for genetic testing purposes, the Annadown family in America has daughter'ed out. There is however a gender-neutral genetic test that can confirm common ancestors. It is called autosomal DNA. This test compares chromosomes. Chromosomes take 50% from each parent, so over the generations those blocks of genetic material passed down from a common ancestor get smaller. With a connection this far back, we need a good base to test against.
An Amidon and I have taken this test, also known as Family Finder. We have confirmed 3 small, but measurable, overlapping segments. We would like to get more of Roger Amadowne's ancestors to take the Family Finder test for three reasons:
1) confim their own lineage to Roger Amadowne
2) build a solid map of the Amidon/Amadon/etc. chromosome segment(s)
3) test with an Annadown descendant to confirm (or deny) the connection
How can you help? Please consider taking the Family Finder test. And spread the word. You can find it at this website:http://www.familytreedna.com/
The test costs about $290 (it goes on sale about twice a year for $200 or so). If you take the test, it will also help in your own research by identifying other cousins on both sides of your family. I know $290 is nothing to sneeze at. But, how much have you spent on genealogy? This test will allow you to confirm a lot of paper trails you've worked on and find new cousins! So far I've confirmed 6 lines back to the 1700s.
Remember, this test is gender neutral - men or women can take the test. You just have to be a descendant of Roger Amadowne. Once you take the test, you can join my group at familytreedna, called Am*d*n, so that we can track everyone's results in one location.
What if you don't care to take it -- then pass this along to another descendant of Roger Amadowne! Spread the word. I can also email you when the test goes on sale if finances is the limiting factor.
Once again -- this could be our bridge back to Europe, or it could just help us all confirm our relationship to each other. Please let me know if you have any questions, and let me know what you think!
Chris (at) amaden (dot) com