> Excuse my intelligence but which Abernathys are you talking about? All of them?
No, just one Scots-Irish Abernethy family.
> Is the DNA showing Western Europe?
All volunteers so far tested carry a DNA "signature" from the Iberian Pensular during the last ice age, around 18,000 years ago, as opposed to DNA "signatures" of the peoples of the Balkans or the Ukraine from that period. That said, we nevertheless have 4 distinctly different DNA patterns, derived from a total of 14 volunteers thus far. While all are from that ancient Iberian heritage, the DNA differences found in the current volunteers sub-divide them into 4 seperate groups: 8 in one group, 4 in another, and each of the remaining 2 are all by themselves.
My "success tale" relates to the group that has only 4 members at present. All are, by their DNA, clearly closely related but only two of them can document their linkage to another member of the group. And one of those in that group was initially convinced (quite strongly!) that he descended from the first Robert of Charles City County VA. He was, however, mistaken, as DNA has proven.
One of those who is in a category all by himself also was led to believe that he descended from the first Robert. He was tracked back to Nathan Abernathy and Eve Cline, whom tradition usually assigns to one of the branches of the Robert Lineage. Traditional research, however, seems in this case to be very wrong, which is one reason we are still trying to find volunteers who descend from certain branches of the Robert Lineage as well as from Nathan and Eve (Cline) Abernathy. We also want volunteers from _any_ line that's hit a brick wall.
While we do have 8 volunteers whose DNA is in the group that contains individuals who descend from the first Robert, only 3 are not from collateral lines. The first Robert's line is still very much under-represented: of the 4 sons of the 3rd Robert, only two branches are shown. And by a single volunteer each, instead of the three per branch that should be the minimum.