I am searching for Grace, De Grace, DeGras, Degrafs and Grafs families original ancestry from Ireland. Have had DNA testing done and found one close match with a Grace person. Looking for more matches.
Thank you for your reply. Sorry I haven't seen this earlier.
There is a FamilyTree YDNA project that I have had my brother's YDNA tested by. After the test they show matches to your results. Though them there are family name groups set up that you can join. If your YDNA matches then your results are listed along with others in the same Haplo group. There can be different Haplo Groups for the same family name.
My story is related to researh carried out over several of years. My maiden name is DeGras. Myths have existed in the family regarding the origins of our name, and over the years research has proven some wrong. Records indicated my great grandfather was born in Ireland. Since DeGras is a French name, and since my father was born in Brighten, England we were told that it was probably a Huguenot name, not so. A great uncle died in a Huguenot hospital in London. So I wrote and enquired if he was a Huguenot. They kindly sent my letter to a Huguenot genealogist. She declared the name was not Huguenot but that a Norman Count who helped William the Conqueror was given land in Ireland and that the name of this Count's descendants had changed the name to Grace over time, and that some of these descendants had carried down the name DeGras.
That is my reason for seeking out people with the name of Grace with ancestors born in Ireland. Based on a place recorded in a census, I believe my ancestors came from Kilmerry, Kilkenny County, Ireland. Kilmerry no longer exists it was absorbed into another district. However, it so happens that many of the Grace's of Kilkenny do descend from this Count. Further the matches that I have seen in the Grace family group go back to Kilkenny, Ireland.
Do you know of any male of the Grace family who has had their YDNA tested. I would like to compare our results. If not and you have an interest in getting your family YDNA tested I would suggest you go to the FamilyTree YDNA Project site. Since males only carry the Y marker which is passed down from father to son through the generations it is a good way to find origins of family members. You would have to get a brother, father or paternal cousin to be tested. Although you carry your father's DNA minus the Y marker, any offspring of yours carries only your husband's YDNA.
I am not an authority on genetics, but I do believe I have a little knowledge on the subject.
Again, thank you for your response, and if you do know of a Grace family member who have had their YDNA tested, I would like to compare the results.