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The use of DNA
testing has gathered pace in genealogy circles as an additional aid in
tracking ancestors and can be a help breaking down that wretched `brick wall`
that we all eventually hit. From my own researches into the Orr name
worldwide I know that very many of you have roots in Northern
Ireland (Ulster) and will reach a brick wall there sooner rather than
later. If you didn`t already know, Ireland is a difficult place in
which to research because of the absence of the usual primary records,
an awful lot of them were destroyed in a fire in 1922; Census
records were used as waste paper and scrap during WWII.
search goes back before civil registration began (1845 for
Protestants, 1864 for Catholics) there is a need to find alternative
records that can depend on religious persuasion, politics of the time
( such as religious discrimination requiring Non Conformists to marry
in Church of Ireland (Episcopal) churches); and whether registers are
available and accessible. Occupation can also be a factor as land
leases expired or were not renewed, while traditional industry
became more mechanised, and concentrated around the ports, especially Belfast.
This saw many families `disappear` from localities without apparent
reason, as they migrated towards the work, or sought out better
opportunities in the Colonies.
Testing can point you to other people
with whom you may have a common ancestor. A low level - 12 marker
test, will point to your `long distance` ancestry, maybe 10,000 years
ago. The more markers tested,( 25,37,or 67 by Family Tree DNA) and
matched, can help identify relatives with a greater probability
of there being a Common Ancestor within a reasonable time frame.
Linking with other researcher who have close matches with yourself not
only identifies new `cousins` but allows exchange of information
and another opportunity to break down your brick wall. For example,
the Orrs in Co Donegal have emerged as a family group who migrated to
several parts of the US, and who have links to other Orrs in Co
Antrim, Co Armagh and Co Down
A recent success story for the Orrs is that of Bob Orr
(firstname.lastname@example.org) who has made contact with Ord Orr. They have
a match which points to their common ancestor being Matthew
Orr and Mary Eagles of Coshocton, OH ca 1810.
Orr (ca 1763, bef. 1840 Coshocton Co, OH), wife Mary
Eagles. Matthew & Mary lived in Newark Twp, Essex Co, NJ prior to
going to Coshocton Co, OH.
Bob's Andrew Orr (1802, Co. Donegal, Ireland - 1879, Delaware Co, IA),
His wife was Sarah Love. Andrew lived in 1824 in Madison Twp, Muskingum Co,
OH until 1856 when he and Sarah moved to Delaware Co, IA.
If you want to
know more about DNA testing then visit
My own research and
link to the Ulster Pedigree is
here. My current interest and research is of the
Orr`s of Castleaverry, near
Scrabo, Newtownards, Co Down.
The Viking Connection.
I would be very
interested in any other tests, results, or other information that may
MORE TESTS THERE ARE , THE BETTER OUR UNDERSTANDING OF FAMILY
GROUPS AND THEIR MIGRATION. PLEASE CONSIDER HAVING A MALE MEMBER
OF YOUR ORR LINE TESTED.