The Roche / Roach DNA project group at Family Tree DNA has been in operation for many years and I thought an update would be beneficial given that we have made substantial progress. We have had considerable success in revealing the ancestral histories of the group members. We have identified one major ancestral lineage and numerous minor lineages.
The major ancestral lineage comprises over 30% of project members. The lineage dates from approximately 1200 AD and none of these branch members have a known ancestor based on traditional paper genealogy. In addition, the spelling of the surname varies for these related families (Roach, Roche, and Roache are found within this branch). This confirms that the spelling of the name is not important for your family tree research.
The details of these latest developments can be found on the following website:http://rochelineages.wordpress.com/
The site has additional background information on the DNA project and the connections that have been revealed between many family groups. If you are interested in joining the group, specific information can be found on website.
Administrator: Roache DNA Projecthttp://www.familytreedna.com/public/Roache/