CAREY DNA
 


Recent DNA testing through Ancestry.com confirm that the Carey family has ancient Celtic roots. The Y chromosome of a direct male line descendant of John Joseph Carey was tested and found to be of the haplogroup R1b. This haplogroup is called the Artisans, because its ancestors are believed to have created ancient cave paintings like those in Lascaux.


cave painting


Additional genetic testing identifies the Carey Y DNA as R1b1b2a1a2f*, which is a subgroup of R1b1b2. R1b1b2a1a2f2 reaches its peak in Ireland. 


The specific genetic markers point to Irish type II, or South Irish.

The genetic markers for the Carey line are:

19a - 14
385a - 11
385b - 15
388 - 12
389I - 14
389II - 30
390 - 24
391 - 10
392 - 13
393 -13
426 -12
437 -15
438 -13
439 - 11
441 - 14
442 - 18
444 - 12
445 - 12
446 - 13
447 - 24
448 - 19
449 - 30
452 - 30
454 - 11
455 - 11
456 - 15
458 - 18
459a - 9
459b - 10
460 - 11
461 - 12
462 - 11
463 - 24
464a - 14
464b - 15
464c - 16
464d - 17
GGAAT1 B07 - 10
YCAIIa - 19
YCAIIb - 23
Y-GATA-A10 - 15
635 - 24
Y-GATA-H4 - 12


When providing the DNA analysis, Ancestry.com also provides a list of close genetic matches. In this test, the closest match was a Carey descendant of Edward Carey. The match was estimated to be within six generations. Edward Carey was a sewer builder of Chicago, born in Ireland. John Carey and Mary Harrigan were the sponsors at the baptism of one of Edward's sons, and both families attended Holy Family Parish in Chicago in the mid to late 1800s. The other matches provided by Ancestry.com were, not surprisingly, mainly Irish names. Numerous matches were found at about 25-30 generations back with O'Learys, Sullivans and Murphys, all Munster families. O'Learys are especially well-represented.

 

SOURCES: www.ancestry.com; Whalen's Cheat Sheet for R1b & Irish Sub-clades.
 
 


If you have additional information about this family, please contact me at alice@boydhouse.com.


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