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I have subscribed to your columns for many years and it was very negligent
of me not to inform you that you were on the wrong track in one of your more
recent editions of your column on DNA testing! I apologize because I took it
for granted that you knew what a valuable tool genetics could be for
genealogy research, please forgive me!

I was a pioneer in establishing a DNA project, I selected SOUNDEX B400
surnames as a group to be included in my project and was very early in using
Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) as a provider of Y-DNA testing for the
BEAL/BEALE/BEALS/BEALL/ BELL surnames. My web site at: will provide you access
to a successful DNA PROJECT. Please visit the links derived from that web

-- Several articles  of success in the use of DNA as a tool of genealogy
research are at:

-- Beall News Release Regarding Descent From Colonel Ninian BEALL of
Maryland to Charles Lyman Beall, III, 12 June 2006

-- Roberta Hull's New Article on Ninian Beall

-- New! The Beal 'One Name Study' has been added to the British based 'Guild
of One Name Studies' website at by Ann Beal Logan.
 The study includes surname variants of Beall/Beals/Bale

[DNA is] really an important adjunct to family genealogy research.

I want to thank you for the many years I have enjoyed your columns and more
recently your broadcasts!
Charles E. Beal
Project Coordinator/Manager for THE BEAL SURNAME DNA PROJECT
Family Genealogist, member of the National Genealogical Society, New England
Historic Genealogical Society, Old York Historical Society, Mayflower
Society, Beals Historical Society, Clan Bell International and the Beal
Family Association.


YES, Ol' Myrt here IS learning new tricks. My original interest in DNA was
to support the Brigham Young University research on the topic, but it
involved  such anonymity that there was no real feedback for participants.
I've spent time on your website and found many interesting genealogical
breakthroughs came about because of the DNA work your family organization
has completed. With your kind permission, I am quoting your work:

By Charles E. Beal

I had noticed a number of questions that were being asked about our
ancestors and no one could provide satisfactory answers.

-- There were individuals with the surname Beal, Beale, Beals, Beall and
Bell that had never traced their ancestors beyond a few generations. They
had no idea which lines were theirs.

-- Others had traced their ancestors for many generations, but still were
looking for the place of origin and the first ancestor that had started
their line.

As examples:
-- BEAL: My first ancestor William Beale, b. 1664, York, ME. He had
Zaccheus, Richard, Obadiah, William, Jr., Samuel, Simeon and Benjamin to
carry on the family name. Later 4 generations down, Jonathan, Jr., dropped
the "e" off and then the surname Beal carried down another 8 generations to
my great grandsons, Christopher and Stephen Beal.

-- I have cousins that were spun off from various generations who still
carry the surname Beal. They all ask who was the father of William Beal and
from where in England did he come?

-- Another line, now determined by Y-DNA testing to not to be related,
Arthur Beal, Edward, Mainwarring, Manwarren Beal, also of York, ME and
England has many descendants living in the Jonesport and Beals Island area.
I was very interested in proving or disproving a relationship with my line
and finding their origin. This line has the fabled strongman, Tall Barney of
Beals Island. You can find a News Release giving the details of the search
and the determination of NO relation by checking my What's New web page.

-- In Hingham, ME & England, John Beal, started his American line and other
lines of Beal existed at Portsmouth, ME; Boston, Marblehead, MA; York, VA;
PA, NH and the other colonies. John Beal's descent has now been identified
and a genetic signature established by Y-DNA testing!
They most often went by these surnames: Beal, Beale, Bale, Beel, Biehl,
Beals, or other variations of the surname.

-- A legend exists that the Beale, Beall and Beal families were "Border"
Scot Clans that raided into England during and after the 1100s. We even see
Beal villages remaining today in Northumberland and North Yorkshire,
England. Who established these villages?"

NOTE FROM MYRT: For more see:

So, DearCHUCK, my interview with Bennett Greenspan, of
will be available later this week through my podcast:

As I see it now, the advantage of DNA testing is to narrow down through
WHICH of the Beal/Bell lines one descends, and therefore benefit from:
-- coordinating documentary evidence research with proven cousins
-- avoid wasting time working the non-related Beal/Bell lines

Is Ol' Myrt thinking along the right track?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)

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