DNA testing through 23andme, and Ancestry.com confirm that
the Carey family has ancient Irish roots. The Y chromosome of a
direct male line descendant of John Joseph Carey was tested and
found to be of the haplogroup R-L21.
The specific genetic markers point to Irish type II, or
South Irish. The haplogroup is believed to be Pretani, or
Cruithin, of Ireland, also known as the Picts.
When providing the DNA analysis, Ancestry.com also provided a
list of close genetic matches. In this test, the closest Carey
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, Learys and Clearys are especially
SOURCES: www.ancestry.com; www.23andme.com; Whalen's
Cheat Sheet for R1b & Irish Sub-clades.
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