My family was one of those living under the incorrect impression of lineage to John and Priscilla Alden of the Mayflower. Recently, through the help of a professional genealogist, we have proven our line back to Henry of Dedham.
My father, a direct descendent of Henry, has undergone a comparison of DNA to that of a known descendent of John Alden and the results leave little doubt that Henry is not related to the John Alden of the Mayflower.
We are currently attempting to establish a connection to another Alden line in England that has proven lineage predating the time of our Henry's birth. We are hopeful that this line will prove to be true and establish the parentage of Henry, perhaps taking the Henry line back as far as 500 years -something that the Mayflower John Alden line has not been able to do.