In the example above three different people were able to connect the Welles or Wells in their family tree by mapping the surname to the end location number. This method helps to piece together ancestors and those ancestors relationships to cousins who share those ancestors. Do keep in mind these very important things.
1. An end location number can be mapped to more than one surname but you will only match to an end location number if you share that ancestor either by pedigree and end location number or biologically by end location number.
2. An end location number can have more than one surname attached to it. This is because surnames have not been around all that long. If you map an end location number back far enough, you may find other surnames share it. Those are biological matches, parallel matches and sometimes you can have both or more than two ancestors that match by that end location number.
3. People who do not have well developed tree's, going back only a few generations may think that this end location number is attributed to a more recent surname. If in doubt, always check the database and look for matches that show a common ancestor. Those matches carry more weight. Younger generations will carry the DNA of older generations. When you are mapping small DNA segments in the 1 cM (centimorgan) range, consider the common ancestor is probably going to be in a very ancient time range.
4. End location numbers can be mapped to Haplogroup's, which is very exciting. Several instances of this have been found already. Be sure to check out the surname-list link above to see which surnames have been mapped to a Haplogroup. Be sure to join the database so you can see if a surname or end location number you are working on has already been mapped out. It will save you a lot of time and provide valuable information. Be sure to add your own findings to the database so that others can help you and you can help others map out a surname and end location number in more detail.
Surname Welles above, also shows matches by end location number to surname Tudor, Pugh, Ellis, Ellison, Hooper, Croft, Wilson, Lovell, Jordan, Gunn, Kiger, Hudson and Lloyd. Wells or Wells has the most common ancestors and is the oldest found for this end location number so far. A lot of the younger generations have inherited this end location number. It will be interesting to see how many matches inherit it and where it may end up as in the oldest of matches. Indications appear to be pointing to a very old line from Wales. It may not be a coincidence that Welles sounds like Wales. It may very well have been a location name in antiquity. If you were to draw a timeline of all the matches for this end location number in the database, you would find that Princess Margaret Tudor born 1498 and Cecily Willoughby Welles born 1429 are the oldest common ancestor found in the matches for this end location number.
This may mean that Welles is actually a Tudor if you go back far enough because autosomally, Tudor is an ancestor of Welles or simply shares the same end location number and both are coming from the same ancestor. This might be a Tudor like Rhys ap Tudor or someone even older. As more people join our project, more answers can be found to intriguing questions like this. To join us in this quest please scroll up to the top of this page and click on home to become a member and get database access and be sure to join us for exciting conversations in our FB Group also found at the top of this page by clicking on the link.