> I see that my line is NOT related to the popular "Robert" line as a lot of people think we should be.
Regardless of what lineage you're from, I look forward to the results of your FT upgrade because that should give us further insight into that particular line and how closely you may be related to others of the proven and probable Irish lines.
DNA results alone are only part of the story. Paper trails from research are also only a part of the story, but it's all too easy with paper trails to get lineages cross-linked and badly confuse the issue. Combine the two techniques and you can sometimes end up with a result that is more rewarding than either by themselves.
> The Abernathy's of Van Buren County,Iowa may be of the Hugh Abernathy line by the way of Hugh's sons James and George.
That is, I believe, a distinct possibility.
> It would help out if we could get DNA test from these lines to aide in this task.
Yes, it certainly would. My research suggest that Hugh's lineage should be at least as rich in possibilities as the other group is proving itself to be. Each of Hugh's sons might easily constitute a major branch point, just as each of the 3rd Robert's grandsons probably also constitute major branch points. There are some experienced project administrators who believe that it takes a minimum of three to 5 individuals to fully and properly "define" the unique DNA profile for each major branch, just as it can take that many to finalize a profile for each seperate group. But tracing forward can sometimes be more frustrating than tracing backward, and it will take time.