My Kenyon ancestry is West Yorkshire, around Halifax. So far, the Kenyon yDNA studies have not helped to advance my Kenyon research, but I remain hopeful for future developments. Kenyon is a surname which was sought in Dr. Turi King’s North of England Surnames yDNA study, which is to be published in 2013. http://aircastles-lets-talk.blogspot.com/2011/12/north-of-england-study.html?spref=blhttp://aircastles-lets-talk.blogspot.com/2011/12/north-of-england-study.html?spref=bl Dr. King sought one yDNA sample per surname. She chose a large number of surnames which were likely locale-specific in origin. One of her interests is in surnames of men with probable Viking origins, so her study covers much of the old Danelaw, the part of England once settled and ruled by Danes.
Some Adam Kenyon was in the Hearth Tax roll for West Yorkshire: www.hearthtax.org.uk/communities/westriding/w_yorks_transcript.pdfThe Hearth Tax returns from the 1660s & 1670s give a snapshot about halfway between surnames formation & present day. “Hearth tax returns show with great clarity that in the second half of the seventeenth century, very many surnames were confined to particular districts, which were generally the ones where the name originated in the period of surname formation three or four hundred years earlier.” (From “Surnames, DNA, and Family History”, by Redmonds, King, & Hey, 2011). It is my hope that Dr. Turi King’s 2013-release study of yDNA and Northern England surnames (looks like Yorkshire gets good coverage) will yield a searchable results table something like this: www.le.ac.uk/genetics/maj4/40Surnames.html
My experiences with Family Tree DNA have been consistently good, in contrast to a disappointing experience with 23andme. I think that the best option to begin with would be at least 67 STR (Short Tandem Repeats) markers yDNA test. Less resolution than 67 markers may not yield the desired information in seeking common ancestry with other men. The large database of www.familytreedna.com is important in sweeping for the most genetic matches. Plus, a large database can help fine-tune estimates of mutation rates for individual markers: This is important in estimating number of generations back to a Most Recent Common Ancestor with any other man’s sample. FTDNA data is easy to transfer to various yDNA projects, such as the Kenyon-surname yDNA project. All the best, Gary Muffley, Ph.D. Member, International Society of Genetic Genealogy. Member, Calderdale Family History Society