Saturday, March 31, 2007

Great DNA result!!

The first major DNA result from the Hollyer, Holyer and Hollier DNA Project has shown a 35 out of 37 marker match between a member of the Sharnford Holliers and the Barton Park (Tatenhill, Staffs) Holliers. The Sharnford Holliers, though mainly a family associated with Leicestershire in the 19th century, has its earliest known ancester at Bickenhill, WAR in the 1770s, while the Barton Park Holliers can be traced back to Tatenhill, Staffs in 1712. But in both cases, it has always been thought that they connected to the many other Hollier families in the region. This result, while showing two one-step mutations in the 37 markers, nevertheless proves that these two Hollier families share a common origin in earlier times.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Lock-Keeper Hollyers

After a thorough review of the all the evidence, I have reached the conclusion that the evidence suggesting that Henry Hollyer, the progenitor of the 'Lock-Keeper' Hollyers, is the same Henry Hollyer as the son of John and Susanna Hollyer of the Coventry Hollyers is strong enough to connect these two trees together.

Article in the Journal of One-Name Studies

I mentioned earlier that I had published an article about my One-Name Study in the Journal of One-Name Studies. I have now added this to the website. You can also read it directly here.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Isle of Wight Page

Have updated my Isle of Wight page based on the results of my recent visit to the IOW Record Office.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Eva and Maud's Cottage at Inglesham

Also last week I visited Inglesham to look for the cottage that Eva and Maud acquired in 1928. Having spoken to the present occupants, who have much documentation on the cottage called Littleholme, it appears that Eva and Maud lived there from 1928-1938. So it begins to look as if the article about 'Wayside Cottage' with its roofed thatch was fictional, especially as the article was published in Dec 1927, almost a year before they moved into Littleholme.

Isle of Wight

Last week I spent 2 days at the Isle of Wight Record Office and came back with 20 pages of Hollier data. Plenty of new connections to explore! In particular, I was able to link many of the separate known branches into one, but equally found several new families which aren't yet clear where they connect, as there are 'competing ancestors'.