DNA and Genealogy (cont.)
The DNA ‘nucleotides’ are shown by
the letters A, T, G and C, one letter for each of the four possible DNA
building blocks. They stand for the chemical names Adenine, Thymine, Guanine,
and Cytosine. The test results show a series of A’s & T’s paired together
and G’s & C’s paired. This sequence determines everything about us
from our eye and hair color the way things taste to us. These genetic sequences
of A&T and G&C have names and meanings that are the results of
your test. Only a few of the tests available are discussed here and more
are becoming available as the tests get better constantly.
The genetic tests done for genealogy do not look
at health history or genetic “fingerprinting or mapping” because people
fear this information could be misused in the future. Once a report is
generated the lab destroys the sample, another privacy step. Surname studies
often protect your identity by testing only by a number held secret by
the coordinator of the study, to further protect your genealogy information
from being known by anyone besides the one trusted person and you. In this
case not even the lab will know who you are. At this writing the tests
cost from $89. to over $130. (usd).
DNA genealogy resources, click here. ---
DNA PROJECTS, click here.
Rushings come to America
Our surname first appears in 1660's Virginia
Records in the U.S. Other early Rushing families may have had a different
spellings of our surname, such as Rushin and Rushen. Records commonly have
these spellings but when I see a genealogy, the Rushing spelling has been
adopted and their descendants have the more common spelling.
Peter Rushen has a Web
Site for the one name study of the surname Rushen - Rushin. Peter has
compiled a web page of Christenings
in Essex and Suffolk Counties in England where family structures that
include the different spellings along with the Christian names Mathew,
William, and John in the same family.
William and John Rushing, according to history
books were militiamen for Clare in the Hundred of Risbridge in the year
1638. Most likely they were sent to the West Indies which were part of
the Virginia Charter at that time. Later in the 1650's there was a mass
exodus from Barbados to the American mainland. To read about this story,
Thank you Peter Rushen and John Rushing
who have helped with this ongoing research.
In the U.S. Rushing families there have been traditions
and rumors of American Indian blood in the family. Thanks to Genealogy
Library .com and the TNGenWeb
Project We have looked at the rolls and found some references to Rushings
in both the Eastern U.S. Guion
Miller Roll and also in the western U.S. Indian Territory (which later
became the State of Oklahoma) Dawes
To view this information click on the roll name
above. Information on how to order the original documents is linked on
the pages. Please use the link on these pages to find other surnames with
Native American ancestry. The TNGenWeb's excellent "Indian By Blood" pages
have links to other rolls we have not yet researched. These pages are written
by Jerry Wright Jordan who wrote the Cherokee by Blood books.
Great New Discussions
GenForum has added new pages, we
now have the Rushing
surname discussion and the new
discussion. Interestingly, the first post on the Rushen GenForum is
about a James Rushen who vanishes from Barbados just before James Rushin
up in New Kent County, VA.
Other new topics include
the first Anson and Union Counties, NC Rushing postings by Ira B. Rushing.
Ira has an extensive collection of abstracts and has taken the trouble
to post them on the Web for our benefit. Check out his documents here
Ida Thomas islooking
for connections to the Rushings of color from Anson and Union Counties,
This new e-zine format will hopefully make it easier to
navigate and update this web site. The three columns
will place more links in the browsers view without having to scroll down.
A navigation bar at the bottom of the page will allow moving even after
links have passed out the top of the window. The left hand 'Whats New'
column will be the ever changing one while the others should remain relatively
constant. Also it provides for articles and news online without having
to send out e-mail updates. You can see what is new in your own time without
having to get on yet another mailing list.