My maternal line haplotype is K1a4a1a-T195C, and is of unknown origin.
My paternal line is presently the focus of genetic research. Autosomal DNA analysis corroborated by both Family Tree DNA and Ancestry.com indicate the following ethnic percentages: North_Sea 33.73%; Atlantic 23.04%; Baltic 14.23%; Eastern_Euro 10.18%; West_Med 8.93%; West_Asian 4.99%; East_Med 1.45%; Red_Sea 1.61%; American Indian 1.39%
Based upon Y-DNA testing, my paternal line is of Nordic ethnicity, confirmed Haplogroup I1a* (Confirmed M253+ P30+ DF29+ CTS6364+ L69+). A first cousin was also tested and matched me, but no other Day FTDNA project participants. We did, however, have distant Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish genetic matches. My Family Finder test shows matches to people living in Norway and Denmark.
Other surnames which have been researched include Cutrer (Couturier), Grigaitis (Grigat), Ruhnke. Ilian, Hughes (Hewes), Lea and Henderson.
The Cutrer line's origin is France, with the earliest ancestors using the surname Couturier. There was a mixing of this line with other ethnic groups after my earliest known ancestors arrived in North America and settled first in the Orangeburg District of South Carolina, before migrating to Louisiana. This ethnic mixing resulted in a French Creole cultural influence,. My Ancestry, Family Finder, and National Geographic Geno 2.0 tests suggest that I have 8 -10% mixed Native American and Middle Eastern ethnicity.
I also have Swiss ancestry attributed to ancestors bearing the names Salley, Yonn/Yawn, and Von Arx who immigrated from Switzerland and settled in the Orangeburg District of South Carolina. The Swiss, English, and French lines merged with the marriage of Mary Pendarvis (daughter of Benjamin Pendarvis and Sarah Salley) to Joseph Harvil Cutrer.
The Hughes name is derived from Hewes, which is Welsh. This Hughes line settled initially in Virginia, and then migrated through the Carolinas (e.g. the Orangeburg, South Carolina District), and then through the Deep South before finally settling in Mississippi and Louisiana. The Lea and Henderson lines also have roots in the British Isles.
Grigaitis is derived from the East Prussian / Samogitian Grygajt which was Germanized to Grigat and then Lithuanized to Grigaitis. I have also seen a Polonized version spelled as Grygajtis. The area around Taurage, Lithuania, where my grandfather grew up, was influenced by Samogitian and Norse culture. Ruhnke and Ilian appear to be German or Prussian in origin, though there is some doubt about the origin of Ilian. In order to research these lines, it was necessary to obtain original Lutheran church documents from churches in the Taurage, Lithuania region, and translate them from Russian, German, and Lithuanian into English. In addition, some documents were retrieved from the Lithuanian State Archives in Vilnius. In both cases, outside assistance was utilized in retrieving and translating documents.