To recap, as at the time of the 1841 census, there were four Emptage trees, two in Thanet, one in Sheppey and Grimsby, one in Barbados and we are seeking to prove that the descendants of all four trees are genetically linked.
Our theory is that all those with the name Emptage are descended from the same ancestor who originated in Thanet and we would like to prove it.
To do so, we need to connect all the dots or, at least, as many dots as we can but what can we do if the paper trail is lost?
We’re always hearing about DNA, especially in connection with police forensics, but what is it exactly, how does it work and how can DNA techniques be applied to genealogy?
Andrew writes of his journey as he began researching his family history and discovered his origins. He discusses how he arrived at the Anglo Saxon theory and his conclusion that all the Emptages in the world may have originated with one common ancestor in Thanet. Andrew outlines his reasons for deciding to take a DNA test and the amazing results it generated.
Team member Andrew wondered whether DNA testing could establish a genetic link between him, descended from the Emptages of Thanet and team member Roger, descended from the Emptages of Sheppey.