Doran Y-DNA Results

Brothers Bernard and William Doran

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

Haplogroup R1b (Y-DNA). Source: Wikipedia.

We hope to find out more about our Doran ancestry through DNA testing. Good luck with your research!
Copyright 2017 by Maryann Barnes and Genealogy Sisters.
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Researching Timothy J. Mahoney – born in Ireland and died in New Jersey in 1921

Timothy Mahoney's Death Certificate. Source:: New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, Trenton, NJ.

Timothy Mahoney’s Death Certificate. Source:: New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, Trenton, NJ.

I’m always so excited when I get a genealogy record back in the mail, and I recently received the death certificate for Timothy J. Mahoney. He died in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey on May 22nd, 1921. His parents were listed as John Mahoney and Bridget Buckley, and he was born in Ireland in 1865. From census records it is likely that he was born earlier than that. As per the policy of the New Jersey Department of Health, the cause of his death was redacted.  The turnaround from New Jersey was under three weeks.

My sister and I have been researching this Timothy Mahoney for quite some time. He just seemed to fit into our Mahoney clan, since his children had similar names to our grandmother’s family. We still don’t know where in Ireland our Mahoney family came from. I’m hoping that either his gravestone or an obituary will add more information.

What we do know is that he married Mary Bohan, on September 1st, 1899 in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Mary was born in in Ireland, age 23, estimated birth year of 1866.

New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 31 March 2016), Timothy Mahoney and Mary Bohan, 01 Sep 1889; citing , Middlesex, New Jersey, United States, Division of Archives and Record Management, New Jersey Department of State, Trenton.; FHL microfilm 495,710.

New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 31 March 2016), Timothy Mahoney and Mary Bohan, 01 Sep 1889; citing , Middlesex, New Jersey, United States, Division of Archives and Record Management, New Jersey Department of State, Trenton.; FHL microfilm 495,710.

In the 1898 Newark, New Jersey Holbrook Directory, Timothy Mahoney was listed as a tailor. My sister and I had been interested in looking up the NJ directories from 1898 since that was about the year that our great-grandfather, John Mahoney, had moved with his family from Brooklyn, New York to Harrison, New Jersey. There were no Mahoney’s listed in the Harrison or Kearny, NJ directories for 1898. From what we found out, John Mahoney didn’t move until after he was held for questioning in the death of Patrick Gilligan in November of 1898, in Brooklyn. Possibly he moved to New Jersey since his brother, Timothy, was living there.

Source:  Holbrook's Directory for Newark, NJ, 1898.

Source: Holbrook’s Directory for Newark, NJ, 1898, copied at the New Jersey Archives, Trenton, NJ.

Timothy Mahoney had immigrated from Ireland in 1884 and Mary Bohan in 1889. From the 1900 Federal Census, Timothy Mahoney was born June 1861 and his wife, Mary, in May 1865. His occupation was Tailor. They had been married 11 years, and they had four children, all living: John, Timothy, Michael, and Jeremiah. [Source:, Year: 1900; Census Place: Newark Ward 1, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: 962; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0009; FHL microfilm: 1240962].

In the 1910 and 1920 Federal Census returns, Timothy Mahoney continued to be listed as a tailor in Newark.  Mary Bohan Mahoney died of an accidental poisoning on April 6, 1933, aged 61 years, 9 months, and 9 days. Using the age calculator at, Mary’s birthdate was Wednesday, June 28th, 1871. Since her estimated birth year from her marriage record differs, it is still unclear if this date is correct.  They were both buried at the Holy Sepulchre Roman Catholic Cemetery, in East Orange, NJ. Timothy and Mary Bohan Mahoney’s children were: John (1890-1984); Timothy (1895-1968); Michael (1897-1908); Jeremiah (1899-1971); Bridget Margaret (1901-1995); Lawrence (1904-1966); and Honora “Nora” (1909-?) [Sources: and family trees].

I recently saw this quote, “Your life is made of two dates and a dash. Make the most of the dash.” ~ author unknown.  When researching family history it is all about what happened during that dash. Good luck searching for your roots!

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Year In Review – 2016 – Dedicated to Babcia and Nana

This year our research is dedicated to our grandmothers.

Sophia Szczerba Mirota (1879-1953) and Mary Margaret Mahoney Doran (1895-1961). AKA Bapcia and Nana.

Sophia Szczerba Mirota (1879-1953) and Mary Mahoney Doran (1895-1961). My grandmothers – Babcia and Nana.

This year in family research Genealogy Sisters had good luck with our grandmothers. I’ve been an advocate of DNA research since 2005 when I first had my mtDNA (Mitochondrial DNA) tested, to learn more about my heritage passed down from mothers to daughters. This tests back to your earliest maternal side, and gives a haplotype. My haplogroup is H. Later I added an autosomal Family Finder test with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA). This year I decided to also do an autosomal test with AncestryDNA. With the results I was able to confirm matches for both of my grandmothers lines.

My third great-grandmother, Mariana Filip, was born about 1823 in a remote village in south-west Poland. She married Tomasz Olszewski. Mariana was my Polish (Sophia or Zofia) grandmother’s grandmother. The nearby town is called Bobowa, and it has a cluster of smaller hamlets surrounding it. One of my 2nd to 4th cousin matches also had a Polish ancestor with the Filip surname, named Casimir, born about 1879. They would have been born about the very same time, possibly in the same house, or nearby homes. After corresponding with the daughter-in-law of the person I matched with, my sister and I discovered this other Filip also came from this area, and even from the same little village, Stróżna. Here in my sister, Veronica’s words:

By the way, all of the little towns that are part of Bobowa are listed online at under that town.  But our grandparents would have said their families lived in Berdechów, Brzana Dolna, Brzana Górna, Jankowa, Sędziszowa, Siedliska, Stróżna, or Wilczyska depending on where in Bobowa the houses were located. And the microfilm records are organized by those village names.”

It is possible that we share my 3rd grandmother, Mariana Filip. How precise to match to this tiny little corner of the world!

Another wonderful DNA discovery was a Mahoney match that confirmed a family that my sister and I had been researching. I sent a message on and quickly received a reply. This Irish Mahoney family had lived in Newark, New Jersey, right across the Passaic River from where my grandmother’s (Nana) Mahoney family lived in Harrison. My grandmother’s brothers had been named John, Timothy, James, Michael, and Peter. Her parents were John and Mary Mahoney or Mahony, both born in Ireland. This other Mahoney family had parents named Timothy and Mary Mahoney, both born in Ireland, and three of their sons were named John, Timothy, and Michael. Also, my grandmother’s godfather had been a Timothy Mahoney. Yippee! We match on second to fourth cousins, right where we should!

Since we now know when Timothy Mahoney, Sr., died, I have sent in a genealogy request for his death record from the New Jersey Archives. I’m hoping his death record will show where he was born. Most likely it will come back simply “born in Ireland”, but I’m hoping it will give an actually town. From my autosomal DNA tests, most likely our Mahoney clan came from County Cork. That confirms what our family said, that the Mahoneys and Carters came from County Cork and Dublin.

I also have many matches from Belfast, Northern Ireland, where my grandfather, Barney Doran, was born in 1890. It seems I match more closely with his mother’s side, the Hall family. I’m hoping some recent family DNA tests will help with the Irish side. It was nice to know that I match closely with a first cousin on my Irish side. Now with two more of my siblings testing, we hope to find out more and break down some brick walls. Each child inherits random gene recombination from each parent, and only identical twins have identical profiles. I’m also really excited that one of my second cousins has recently sent his DNA test in! Thanks, Bob! I’m hoping we will find out more about our Doran side.

If you start looking into DNA research and become confused by the language, here is a link from Family Tree Magazine, called Learn the DNA Lingo:

My sister and I continue to receive wonderful emails and letters from kinfolks and genealogy friends. I was very happy to send a packet of photographs back to a childhood friend of my mother, named Mary. This delightful lady is in her 90s now and she enjoyed seeing the photos that brought back happy memories of her youth. My sister has continued work compiling family records from a few other Polish villages our family came from, along with a Polish researcher that could be related to us. He shares one of our surnames and this summer he went back to one of our ancestral villages. The photos are lovely.

I have so many fond memories of looking over scanned in records at archives and LDS centers with my sissy, and also visiting cemeteries and courthouses. I’m so thankful she shares my addiction to genealogy. This year she handed over a few more boxes of old family photographs, so thanks, Sis!

In this photo below Nana is seated on the left. On a very sad note, one of our beloved family members died just before Christmas. Harry Peck, standing and wearing a white shirt, was twenty-two years old in this picture. Uncle Harry was very interested in genealogy and was often seen jotting down family information from his wife’s Doran side. I would say he was one of the first people that got me interested in keeping family records.

Copyright Genealogy Sisters 2016

1952 – Readington Township, New Jersey. Copyright Genealogy Sisters 2016

Good luck researching your family in the year ahead. Happy New Year!

Copyright 2016 by Maryann Barnes and Genealogy Sisters.

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