Eustice DNA project.
During the past three months, the Eustace Families Association has
initiated a Y Chromosome DNA Project. Thus far, we have tested some 35
namesakes who descend from Cornish, English and Irish Eustace/Eustice/Eustis
More than 20 of these are members of the Irish family. We have learned
much already and are only in the beginning stages of the project. For
example, we have more than a dozen Eustis/Eustice/Eustace descendents
of a County Longford family whose DNA profile matches exactly or
almost exactly on 16 of 16 DNA markers. These individuals live in
Argentina, Ireland and several US states.
We have four descendents of
a County Clare family that match each other on 16 of 16 markers. They
live in Australia, Ireland and Michigan and Oklahoma, USA and were
totally unaware of each other before this project. The Clare and
Longford groups have very similar DNA profiles matching on 15 of 16
markers. Assuming there was a common Eustace ancestor, it is most
likely that that individual lived in County Kildare before Cromwell's
Resettlement in 1659.
We have other participants from County Fermanagh and Dublin. Their
profile is different from the Clare and Longford groups.
We have 12 participants of a Cornwall family. Ten of the
participants match on 16 of 16 markers while two others have slightly
different profiles. We need more participants fom Cornish and English
Eustace families to determine if there are DNA similarities between
the various families. The results will also help us confirm paternal
relationships and provide clues as to where the various families
originated in the British Isles and Ireland.
Take the DNA Test
The cost for the DNA test is US$75. I would like to send you a kit.
The test is very simple and involves a mouth swab with a Q-Tip (cotton
swab). Are you interested in learning more. Participants must be
Eustace descendents on the paternal side; the Y chromosome is passed
relatively unchanged from father to son. I can send the kit, all that
I need is your mailing address.
Ronald F. Eustice
Eustace Families Assoc