Brothers Bernard and William Doran
The Y-DNA results are in from a family member and the haplogroup is R-M269. The test was done at Family Tree DNA out of Houston, Texas.
The photograph of the Doran brothers was taken in Harrison, Hudson County, New Jersey in the early 1940s. Bernard and William were both born in Belfast, Antrim County, Northern Ireland. The shorter of the two, Bernard, was born in 1890, and William was born in 1893. They also had another brother, Joseph, but he didn’t have any children. Their sisters were Ellen “Nellie” and Elizabeth Doran.
Y-DNA is passed down from father to son, and only a male can be tested. The test done by Family Tree DNA shows that at the 12-marker level there is a match with two others with the Doran surname. Any of the Doran sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons of Bernard and William Doran will be in the same grouping. The R-M269 haplogroup is the most common European y-chromosomal lineage carried by over 110 million European men, with a high frequency in Spain, Portugal, Western France, and Ireland.
For this Doran test, the ancient origins were 46% Hunter Gatherer, 39% Farmer, 14% Metal Age Invader, and 0% non-European. There is a Doran surname group through Family Tree DNA, and at this time there sixty members. Along with the spelling of Doran there are other variations. In our family the name was sometimes Dorran.
This image shows the ancient migration map of this haplogroup.
Haplogroup R1b (Y-DNA). Source: Wikipedia.
We hope to find out more about our Doran ancestry through DNA testing. Good luck with your research!
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