My name is Scott Norton and I just set up a Fancher DNA Project.Our goal is to connect the various Fancher families using DNA.
There are certain DNA markers that are passed from father to son and we use these to identify families.For instance, does your line originate in RI or CT or VA?We can sort it all out.My particular line is Sophia Fancher who married David Norton probably in TN or VA.They lived in Pigeon Forge for a while and then moved to Kentucky.
I'd like to encourage you to get a DNA test for our project.All it consists of is rubbing a cotton swab in your cheek and sending it to the DNA lab.The lab provides everything.The cost is $99 for a 12 marker test and $148 for a 25 marker test.The 25 marker test is by far the most useful, but a 12 marker test can be upgraded at the lab if we needed it.Here is the link to order a test kit. http://www.familytreedna.com/ftGroupAdd.aspx?act=Add&kit=D7525&code=Z1317http://www.familytreedna.com/ftGroupAdd.aspx?act=Add&kit=D7525&code=Z1317
I already have 1 Fancher DNA test and 4 more coming in.The first test is very interesting.
1) Considering this Fancher test is in the largest DNA group there are not many matches.This means somewhere along the line your ancestors were under a lot of stress to stay alive.This happens in war, plague and just been in the wrong place or social level.Typically we see royalty and nobilty with huge numbers of matches.They could afford the best and pro-create like there was no tomorrow.(and they did)Lower social levels didn't have the same opportunities.For instance in Ireland the English tried to exterminate them several times.It's a wonder it's still called Ireland.
2) Your DNA didn't get around much.What matches you have are in England, Ireland and Scotland. Also they are evenly spread.This suggests that we're not looking at sea farers or travelers or people who didn't ge re-located.(like the Irish)One group that fits the historical mold are the border Scots.They lived on the border of Scotland and England and raided both sides then ran over the border.The English king moved them to Ireland (and moved the Irish out).This isn't even a guess, just an exercise.
So all of this will be interesting. It will be even more so when we have a few more DNA tests and family history.One of the things that are on our side is that Fancher is a fairly rare name and fairly rare DNA type.Any matches we find should be significant.
Thanks for considering a DNA test.I am available for questions and helping you interpret your DNA results.I will be building a web site for results.BTW I am related through Sophia Fancher b.abt1765 that married David Norton.
Thanks, Scott Norton Fancher DNA Norton DNA 801 830-9758