Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Genetic Genealogy

I needed to send everyone a quick blast about what is happening this week with the following Genetic Genealogy DNA projects that I administer at Family Tree DNA.  

Cuinn Septs DNA Project

The Cuinn Septs DNA Project offers its participants the ability to further research their genetics in relationship to other individuals that have had their own DNA tested with Family Tree DNA.  Don't worry, if you had your DNA tested elsewhere and want to become a Family Tree DNA Surname Project participant, conversion is easy.

This surname project is also open to individuals that believe their surname may have mutated over time regardless of rationale to something other than Quinn.  If you are unsure, join and we will advise you usually within a couple of weeks with the preliminary findings.

It is also noteworthy to know that Family Tree DNA is the test authority for the National Geographic Genographic Project and is the preeminent authority on genetic genealogy.

The project goals are simple; to assist in furthering the definition and nomenclature of the many rare and unique distinctions of all the bearers of the Quinn surname while assisting each and every project participant use existing tools as they understand more about their own unique DNA and what their DNA can tell them about themselves.

Conn Cétchathach

Cuinn is the traditional Gaelic spelling of the anglicized Quinn surname that is derived from the Irish Connachta.  The Connochta are a group of medieval Irish dynasties claiming descent from the King of the Connachta; Conn Cétchathach.  Previously Conn has been listed as a High King of Ireland, but given the current availability of multiple texts, comparison and greater study, it is understood that Conn was the King of the Connachta and not the whole of Ireland as previously believed.

The Cuinn surname is likely associated with the fact that the modern western province of Connacht (Cúige Chonnacht) literally translates to "fifth" such as quintuplet does.  Thus, one of Conn's sons was named Art mac Cuinn.  Leath Cuinn was the island north of the Esker Riada, the east-west drumlin belt stretching between Dublin and Galway Bay and is thus appropriately named for Conn.

The territories of the Connachta have occupied parts of southern and western Ulster, northern Leinster including Dublin and Cruachan, or modern Rathgroghan in County Roscommon.

Conn spent the majority of his life at war.  To gain access to the throne, Conn killed either Cathair Mór, or Dáire Doimthech depending on which story you subscribe.  For the vast majority of Conn's reign he spent the bulk at war with Eoghan Mor, aka Mug Nuadat; King of Munster.

Conn would eventually be killed by Tipraite Tirech; King of the Ulaid reportedly at the battle of Tuath Amrois at Tara in the middle 2nd Century AD.  Conaire Cóem, Conn's son-in-law would succeed him and later be succeeded by Art mac Cuinn.

Synchronizing Conn's Lifetime

Lebor Gabála

Synchronises Conn's reign with that of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180). 

Foras Feasa ar Éirinn

Synchronizes Conn's reign from 116-136

Annals of the Four Masters

Synchronizes Conn's reign from 122-157

Conn is the ancestor of both the Connachta and Uí Néill dynasties which Conn's 6th Great Grandson; Niall Noígíallach led.

The Division of Ireland

In 123 AD Conn was defeated by the King of Munster Eoghan Mor, aka Mug Nuadat and agreed to accede to the dividing of Ireland into two equal halves.

The North

Taking in Connacht, Ulster and Meath would be Conn's half.

The South

Taking in Munster, Osraighe and Leinster would be Eoghan's half.

Art mac Cuinn

Art mac Cuinn translated literally as the "son of Conn" ascended to the throne after the death of his brother-in-law Conaire Cóem was killed by Nemad the son of Sroibcenn at the battle of Gruitine. Art mac Cuinn ruled the Connachta and its territory 20-30 years. 

During Art's reign; Conaire's sons took revenge against Nemed and the sons of Ailill Aulom allies during the Battle of Cennfebrat in Munster. Ailill's foster-son Lugaid mac Con was wounded in the thigh during the battle, and was later exiled from Ireland. Ailill Aoulom in alliance with Benne Brit, son of the King of Britain, together raised an army of foreigners, and returned to Ireland where they defeated and subsequently killed Art in the Battle of Maigh Mucruimhe in Connacht.

Synchronizing Art's Lifetime

Lebor Gabála

Synchronises Conn's reign with that of the
Roman emperor Commodus (180-192)

Foras Feasa ar Éirinn

Synchronizes Conn's reign from 143-173

Annals of the Four Masters

Synchronizes Conn's reign from 165-195

The Rise of the Uí Néill Clans

With the strengthening of the Uí Néill kindred by 450 AD, the Uí Néill clans began to evolve a quite noteworthy dynastic presence over the whole of Ireland.  

Niall Noígíallach

This become important resulting in the lore associated with Niall Noígíallach (Irish pronunciation: [ˈniːəl noɪˈɣiːələx], Old Irish "having nine hostages"), or in English, Niall of the Nine Hostages, son of Eochaid Mugmedón.

Niall is listed as a king and the eponymous ancestor of the Uí Néill dynasty. The High Kingship title did not become a reality until the 9th century, and Niall's legendary status appears to have been "spun" to some varying degree.

The aim is thus to identify as many of our Cuinn clan as possible to get them in the genetic septs that are evolving as more information becomes available and our understanding of genetic time becomes more granular.

Potential ties to Scotland

There appear to be strong genetic similarities between the Lamonts and the MacEwens of Otter Clans of Scotland with associations to John Lamond MackQuein, Archibald MackQuien, Donald MackQuien, John "the younger" Mackquein, James MackQuein of Neithercowal and James Lamond, his son whom all perished at the massacre at Dunoon, Argylshire in 1646 and were listed as Special Gentlemen and Vassals.

This event coupled with the events in Ireland in 1642 bear a similar structure and nomenclature within the timeline for the Laughlin Quin (1712-1774) lines of North America which remain hidden in portions of this complexity.

Quinn North America DNA Project

The Quinn North America DNA Project aims to isolate the immigrant that came to North America with efforts to establish their family connections to the unique septs of Ireland and Scotland.

The group works as a tool for those matching our basic genetic signaturess or that bear the surname, or variant.  This is done to potentially connect the immigrant with the correct family, or sept in Ireland, or Scotland.

What's to Come?

Effective immediately, I am preparing to implement Google Groups, Google DOCS and develop a more robust and interactive Quinn Genealogy experience for everyone concerned. I am deploying tools that are implemented as a single user interface to give folks a better chance at locating the various resources they will need to explore their own genetics for the purposes of genealogy.

Testing and 3rd Party Conversion - Introduction

The first thing you do is decide if you want to become a tested member of either the Cuinn Septs DNA Project or the Quinn N. America DNA project.

If you join either project and order your test kit here, you may be entitled to receive a discount to help you get started with genetic genealogy.  The same is true for conversions from another service provider, use this link first to check to see what discounts you are eligible for.


Once you are tested and have your results all else is automatic.  All you will need to do from here is locate other surnames, or identify other projects that you are also interested in joining.  There is no limit on the number of projects you can join.  Each project does however decide who is eligible to join based on your test results.  

Surnames Associated With Our Research

Cain, Cane, Coehn, Coen, Cohen, Coigne, Coin, Coinne, Con, Conn, Coyn, Coyne, Cuin, Cuinn, Cunnea, Finan, Finn, Finne, Finnen, Finney, Finnie, Fionn, Flin, Flinn, Flyn, Flynn, Flynne, Ginn, Ginnane, Ginnes, Ginness, Ginnett, Ginnette, Ginney, Ginnis, Ginnity, Glen, Glenn, Glyn, Glynn, Goen, Goenett, Goens, Goin, Goine, Goins, Goyn, Goyne, Guen, Guin, Guina, Guinan, Guinane, Guinaugh, Guinaw, Guindollet, Guine, Guinea, Guinee, Guineer, Guinegaw, Guinen, Guinere, Guines, Guiness, Guinessey, Guinet, Guinett, Guinette, Guinevan, Guiney, Guinivan, Guinn, Guinnane, Guinne, Guinnee, Guinner, Guinness, Guinnessey, Guinnessy, Guinye, Guyn, Guyne, Guynee, Guynes, Guyness, Guynetth, Guyney, Guynn, Guynne, Guynup, Gween, Gwen, Gwenn, Gwennap, Gwin, Gwine, Gwinee, Gwinn, Gwinne, Gwinnedd, Gwinnell, Gwinner, Gwinneth, Gwinnett, Gwinney, Gwyn, Gwyndaf, Gwyne, Gwynedd, Gwyneth, Gwynetha, Gwynette, Gwynn, Gwynne, Gwynned, Gwynnedd, Gwynnel, Gwynnell, Gwynneth, Gwynnett, Gwynnette, Gwyntopher, Gynane, Gynn, Gynnane, Gynne, Gynnet, Gynnett, Gynning, Kane, Kenan, Kennan, Kennann, Kennen, Kinnan, Kinnane, LaGuines, LaGuinn, LaGuins, LeGuin, LeQuin, LeQuinn, Mac Quin, MacGinn, MacGuin, MacGuinn, MacGuyn, MacGuyne, MacGuynn, MacGuynne, MacGwine, MacGwinn, MacGwyn, MacGwyne, MacGwynn, MacGwynne, Mack McCutchan, MacQuin, MacQuinn, Magennis, Maginn, Maginnes, Maginness, Maginnis, Maginniss, Mc Cuine, McCain, McCann, McConn, McCoyne, McCuin, McCuine, McCuinn, McGinn, McGinnes, McGinness, McGinnis, McGoin, McGuen, McGuin, McGuine, McGuines, McGuiness, McGuinn, McGuinness, McGwin, McGwinn, McGwyn, McGwynn, McQuen, McQuin, McQuine, McQuinn, Meginnis, Meginniss, O Guinidhe, O'Cain, O'Coigne, O'Coin, O'Conn, O'Coyne, Ocuin, O'Cuin, Ocuinn, O'Cuinn, O'Floinn, O'Flynn, O'Goin, Oguin, O'Guin, OGuinan, O'Guinan, O'Guiney, O'Guinidhe, Oguinn, O'Guinn, OGuinness, O'Guinness, O'Guinye, Ogwen, O'Gwen, Ogwin, O'Gwin, Ogwinn, O'Gwinn, Ogwyn, O'Gwyn, Ogwynn, O'Gwynn, O'Gynn, O'Queen, O'Quein, Oquin, O'Quin, Oquinn, O'Quinn, Quanne, Queen, Quein, Quent, Quien, Quinan, Quinane, Quine, Quiner, Quinet, Quinette, Quiney, Quinian, Quinn, Quinnan, Quinnear, Quinnell, Quinnelly, Quinneth, Quinnett, Quinney, Quinnie, Quinny, Quint, Quinte, Quiny, Quynne, Qween, Qwen, Seguin, U'Cuinn, UiCuin, Ui'Cuin, UiCuinn, Ui'Cuinn, Uicuinneagain, Ui'Cuinneagain, UiGin, Ui'Gin, UiGinn, Ui'Ginn, U'Quin, U'Quinn, Winn, Winne, Winney, Winnie, Winns, Wyndham-Quin, Wyndham-Quinn, Wyndum-Quin, Wyndum-Quinn, Wynn, Wynne, Wynnell, Wynns  

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1 comment:

  1. I will add all the reference links later this week. Allen


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