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Why aren’t all McFaddens related?

One of the first conclusions our DNA study has reached is that there are numerous unrelated Mac Pháidín lineages. Of the 33 Mc- results that have been processed so far, there are a minimum of 10 completely separate lines. Given

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Finding a place for the McFaddens in the M222 tree

In my previous post, I mentioned the DNA marker known as M222 and its affiliation with the ancient Irish king Niall of the Nine Hostages.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you might want to briefly read the

Posted in DNA Testing, Donegal McFaddens

A Donegal McFadden modal?

First, some basics: M222 is a DNA marker unique to one man who lived a couple thousand years ago and his direct male descendants.  All men in this group are referred to as M222+.  One of those descendants is believed

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The Paddy-Owens and the Donegal Gallowglass

The inspiration for this web site came from my own genealogical research, which began in 2011 following the death of my grandfather.  My grandfather was an Irish native and immediate members of his family still reside today on land in

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