During 2019 I started to analyse DNA links to see what light they could shed on my paternal ancestry – the Fleming line. My siblings and I submitted DNA samples for analysis by laboratories that focus on genealogical research; four DNA tests altogether:
The point of analysing DNA matches is to look for clues that may help in finding a common ancestor. So, for each match, I compared their earliest known ancestor (EKA) to ours. Our Fleming ancestry in Scotland is as follows:
So, our earliest known Fleming ancestor is Robert Fleming of Stonehouse Lanark who was probably born there around 1720-25. Unfortunately, most of the baptism records for this area name the father but not the mother, which makes conclusions difficult. Also, there were a LOT of Flemings in this district; at least 300 were recorded there on the 1841 census.
I have contacted numerous people whose DNA sample has matched one of ours. While some ancestral links were identified (and summarized in a chart in my report below), there is still further work needed to identify a common ancestor between our line and any of the matches. Hopefully, the circulation of my report will lead to that further work and, eventually, a breakthrough or two!
Click below to access a copy of my research report: