Disney Surname DNA Project

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D'assigny, D'Isigney, Disnal, Disney
How many times have you been asked if are related to Walt Disney? Have you ever wondered if you are related to the family that lived in the village of Norton Disney in Lincolnshire and were Sheriff's of Nottingham and Lincoln? The surname Disney is commonly regarded as originating from France with William the Conqueror. The old tombestones in Norton Disney Church still have the spelling D'Isigney. Isigney is a small town on the Normandy coast near to Bayeaux and famous for its dairy produce. It is known that the surname has also originated from another French name D`Assigney. Research is starting to suggest that there may be more sources. Why not join this project and help find out where the name comes from and if you are related to these two famous families.
From the study of my own Disney family tree for over 40 years I have registered a One Name Study with GOONS in the UK and have over 15 distinct as yet unconnected Disney family groups in the UK. The availability of DNA tests should help to find out if the family groups are linked or not. The project is open to anyone, worldwide to join. DNA tests can help with family history research in many ways. Find who you are related to. If you can't find a document to prove a common ancestor a DNA test could provide evidence.
To see if there is a connection between the several different Disney family trees known in the UK, particularly those around Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire my own family area.Now links are established for the Midland Disneys I hope to spread the tests to Disney groups from Colchester, Suffolk, Norfolk plus the Devon Somerset group which are known to have a different ancestry. It is hoped Disney family members in other parts of the world will join in. We should be able to find out if we are related to the family from Norton Disney and if we are related to Walt.
Volunteers are now needed from other Disney groups to see if there is a common ancestor. If you yourself cannot contribute a saliva sample for the DNA test please consider donating to the project fund so that tests for suitable members of your Disney branch can be paid for. It is hoped to have a DNA test for a member of Walt Disney's family group in the New Year so then you will be able to find out if you are related to this remarkable man.
First 37 marker results show that Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Quorn(don) Disneys share a common ancestor, probably Samuel who died 1724 in Radcliffe on Trent. Three results show mutations (different markers for each)from the Quorndon family member. All fit with known written evidence. There is now a result for a family group from Suffolk and a group from Ireland with evidence of a connection to Norton Disney. Members are needed for emmigrant groups to America, Australia and New Zealand. I welcome enquiries from interested parties and can be contacted at helencoan@btinternet.com
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