In 2023 DIG will be onsite researching heritage and family history the following areas:
Virginia, South Dakota, Italy, England, and Ireland
If you would like us to help you with your family research in these or nearby areas, please contact us at the link below.
Mann family of Scituate, MA. and Schooley's Mountain, NJ. have a common ancestor going back to Kent, England. and perhaps directly to Canterbury, Mann (Man) line. The Big Y- results of this Mann tested proves his lineage is from Kent, England, and documents from the archives have provided us with a Richard Man in Canterbury born around the same time as we would see the Richard Mann in Scituate, however there is no solid proof at this time but mounting evidence with other surnames and other lands by families from the Canterbury area in MA at the same time.
Big Y, Y-DNA haplogroup: R1a-L664 if you have the surname Man or Mann with this haplogroup please contact me. If you believe you are a Man(n) whose ancestry came from Scituate, MA and have a different haplogroup than above, please contact me for new or more testing via FTDNA. Free of charge! We need to understand where the NPE is, if there is one. There is too much fantasy about the Mann's in America and can be resolved easily with BigY testing.
I am also interested in testing the Y-DNA of Mann's in Canterbury England with history tied to the city over the last 6 centuries.
Photo of William Man(n) of Canterbury from the National Archives London. Photo by Matthew Larcinese
William Melton settled in Albemarle, Virginia in the late 17th early 18th century. Perhaps from Thomas Melton however is NOT of the line we see in early VA records. He is part of the "Melton" invasion we see in the 17-19th centuries and the Y-DNA is not mixed with the Milton surname. Two distinctly different surnames. The Y-DNA results for Melton have more than demonstrated there were over 2 dozen different men with the surname Melton in the colonies and none of them are genetically related to one another. Not one line that dates back to York, or Kent, or Cornwall, or John Milton can be proven with real research.
Big Y haplogroup BY62994 If you have the Melton surname and this haplogroup please contact me.
One of many Milton and Melton lineages immigrating to the colonies in this period.
Photo by Matthew Larcinese
Goldman of Detroit, MI. This family immigrated and settled in Detroit and Port Huron Michigan-- prolific in the steel scrap business.
Pilat family from Lublin, Poland. The Y-DNA has confirmed this is a Western Slavic branch. The family who immigrated to the USA in the early 20th century has been connected to the lineage still thriving in Lublin.
The Y-DNA research project (free to Abruzzese) has created the need to conduct extensive research on the family histories in Gessopalena and the surrounding and main villages. Here at DIG, we not only have researched over 15 names back to the early to mid13th and 16th centuries, but we have also been able to decipher the earliest hamlets and areas where each family lived along with their surname origins.
Archival research is still DIG's main focus for ancestral research. These documents are recovered from their primary sources (no internet or books) and analyzed. DIG uses Y-DNA analysis to help pinpoint and in some cases breakthrough research barriers to create a museum quality family history with demonstrated archival and scientific substantiation.
This specific Man lineage is from the Scituate, MA family of Richard Man who settled in the area in the early/ mid 1600's. The son of Richard branches to Connecticut and makes a move with a religious movement, the Culverists to New Jersey.. Y-DNA and primary documents have been used from archives in Canterbury, London, Broad Oak Hatfield, England as well as Ireland have been used along with Big Y DNA place Mann in MA. Sources from the College or Arms, Maidstone Historical Center, Canterbury Cathedral Archives have provided an accurate history of the family elucidates this specific history. Most research we see online includes a Mann who did not exist (Charles Mann) and an area they never lived, (Broadoak,Kent). The wills and testaments of the family (which we have found) demonstrate the accurate history of the family.
Mann (Man)-- Big Y, Pack Test, Y-37, Family Finder (Kent, England, Scituate, MA, Schooley's Mountain, NJ)
No relation to the Kent and Scituate Man (Mann) line
Mann-- Y-12, (Australia originally of Norfolk, England)
Y-DNA has been able to deomstrate this brach of MCCaffrey of the townland of Carickpolin is part of the Maguire clan.
McCaffrey/Maguire-- Y-37 (Fermanagh, Ireland)
Keremedjian (Kiramidjian/Kiremitzian)-- Y-37, Family Finder (Yozgat, Turkey)
Skrzatek-- Y-37, Pack Test, Y-67, MtDNA, Family Finder, Big Y (Krakow, Poland)
Skrzatek (R198) Poland
Early Detroit Jewish family also settled in Port Huron, Michigan. This family was part of a larger family or steel recyclers in the Motor City.
Goldman-- Y-37, Y-67, Family Finder (Russian Jewish)
Syrvydas (Sirvidas)-- MtDNA (Lithuania)
Karikas (Kerekes, Karikis)-- Y-37, Family Finder, pack tests (Hungary Tatar)
I have tried to contact the researchers who have concluded the Trefzger families all originate in Wehr, Germany,to verify this branch who immigrated to Hungary and settled in Zijta is the same family. This particular Trefzger listed below settled in Zajta, Hungary in the early 18th century and are believed to be part of the Swabian immigrants who resettled the area after the retreat of the Ottoman Empire. While we have been in contact with the lineage currently in Hungary with the surname Tokes, we have not been able to conduct the necessary Y-DNA analysis on the surname.
Trefzger (Trefsker)-- MtDNA (Hungary, Wehr, Germany)
Gulukian (Gulugian)--MtDNA (Armenia)
Keyshian (Family Finder)
There is a spelling variation of Melton, Milton etc... however, this particular Y-DNA seems to be specific to the surname Melton only. Milton's do not match this family who settled in Albemarle County, VA in the mid 1700's. The internet has placed this Melton in the Milton lineage back to William Milton, 1638 however there is no solid evidence this is the same family. The archives in Virginia are sparse and the primary records from England demonstrate far more William Melton and Milton lines leaving the ports of Gravesend, Kent and Bristol than we can account for in the Virginia colonies. A lot more research is being conducted to find accurate history on this family.
Melton (Milton) Big Y, Yfull (England)
Arcioni is a Roman family from the Middle Ages with the primary descendants moving to and branch out from the 14th century, Abruzzo Bishop, Nicola Arcioni. There is an unexplained branch of this family who is not genetically connected however incorporates a portion of the Roman Arcioni crest into their own family lineage with a slight deviation in the surname as, Arzoni. This family is in northern Italy and like the Arcioni's from Rome and Abruzzo, this Arcioni and Arzoni lineage is affiliated with the church.
Arcioni--Y-37 (Como, Italy)
Arcioni-- Y-37 (Poggiodomo, Perugia, Italy)
Thie Big Y DNA results, geography of the family has ties this family to the Baltic Tribe, the Samogitians.
Mieszkowski/Meskauskas-- Y-37, Family Finder, Pack Test, SNP test (Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine)
17th century Lublin, Poland part of this line came to the USA in the early 20th century.
Pilat-- Y 37, pack test, (Lublin, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus)
Anastasia Supernova-- Family Finder (Ukraine)
Additional Y-DNA tests in the Abruzzo Judaica Project are not listed under the above program.
18th century Italian church archive digitization, preservation, and curation. Photo by Matthew Larcinese
Mann document, XII century, Canterbury Cathedral Archives. Photo by Matthew Larcinese