We all know that several folks have been searching for a link between the various Braly, Bralley, and Brawley ancestors for a long long time. For example, are the various Braly, Bralley, Brawley, Braley, Brolly, Brailey, and Brayley surnames related? Did our ancestors come from Ireland, England, or Scotland? Just to illustrate the point.
I have a proposal for the group. I have recently had my DNA tested by Family Tree DNA. I've learned a few things I didn't know, but of course, there is always more to learn. I propose that we all get our DNA tested. It isn't too expensive and it can be totally private if you like. So far, I match every Brawley in the various databases and I don't match the one Brayley in the database. My DNA haplotype is I1C, which makes up about 15% of the population of Ireland. The balance is type "R" DNA. I1C people are believed to have migrated from the area around the Black Sea, through Germany, across England, and into Ireland about 15,000 years ago, or so the story goes.
I think if we all get our DNA tested, we might find out how these surnames relate to each other, if at all, and we might shed some light on this subject. I believe we could find out if Braly and Brolly are related, for example. This might tell us whether the various Braly's came from Northern Ireland or Southern Ireland. I think we'd all like to know that. Recently, I sent 10 letters to Ireland inviting 10 Brolly Families to participate in the study. I plan to do the same with Brawleys of Scotland, Braleys in England, Braileys in England, and so on.
Please think over my propsal and maybe we can find out where our ancestors came from and how they are related.