Gaines/Games DNA Genealogy
The first Gaines immigrant arrived in Virginia prior to 1650 and there
is a long-standing tradition, extending back more than a hundred years,
among the descendants of this immigrant that the family emigrated from
Brecon, Wales.The first Gaines family member in Virginia has been
reputed to be a son or grandson of Sir John Games of Newton, Brecon,
Wales (born 1559, died 1606).However, the connection between the Games
family of Wales and the Gaines family of colonial Virginia appears to
have been based on onomastics and circumstantial evidence.
During the last thirty years, several members of the Gaines family have
attempted to find documents that verify the relationship of the Games
and Gaines families.To date the results have proved inconclusive.
Given that many critical colonial records no longer exist, it is
probable that physical evidence connecting these two families may never
However, there is an exciting new method of family research, sometimes
called "DNA" genealogy.One commercial company in Houston, Texas that
does this work has a web page at:
The company uses DNA fragments from a buccal smear to determine the Most
Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) of a group of individuals.The
results are expressed as probabilities that individuals have a MRCA
within a certain number of generations, not to the nearest generation.
The current technique can only trace along two ancestral lines: the
paternal and maternal lines.It doesn't currently allow for the
identification of common ancestors along bilateral lines (mixed paternal
and maternal ancestors).
I am trying to locate one or two male descendants (with documented
descent) of Sir John Games or one of his immediate ancestors to take
this test.Several male descendants of the first Gaines immigrant to
Virginia will also take this test (I am still looking for a volunteer who is a direct male descendant of Daniel Gaines) and the results will be analyzed to
determine whether the Games family of Brecon, Wales and the Gaines
family of Virginia are related.
There will be no cost for the DNA test for any Games descendant willing
to undertake this test and a nominal fee will be paid to cover your time
and inconvenience.If you are interested in participating in this
family genealogy research effort, please contact me at the e-mail
address listed below.