In one of your postings you mention that your ancestor in Newfoundland was Henry Luffman b1783; I have been trawling the Newfoundland sites and found in the 1794 census John Loughman,@ St. Johns NF 14 years in the country, which suggests he arrived c1780; I believe he had a family as at Lions Den in 1836 there is a John Loughman planter in a household of 1 male 14-60, 2 females 14-60 and one female over 60, in view of the date and passage of time I believe likely this John was the son of the 1780 migrant, living with his widowed mother, wife and daughter. Does this make sense? The spelling is not significant according to David Hey, History Professor at Sheffield University UK, as spelling certainly before the mid 19th century was phonetic. The surnames shown in the censuses are largely the same as those in Dorset England, and I think it is likely that many Newfoundlanders came from here, through Poole, rather than Somerset people through Bristol as has been implied in some of the postings. As I now live only 20 miles from the Dorset Record Centre I shall look for indications of the migration, and search for a John Loughman(or Luffman) b before 1766 who seems to have disappeared. Do you know if anyone has tried the DNA route to establish what the relationship between Luffmans in UK and the Americas is?