Sunday, November 20, 2016

Seabrook Wines

For those of you who follow my blog and are Seabrook descendants you might like to take a look at Seabrook Wines website. I won't add any more here except to say that Hamish Seabrook is descended from William John Seabrook, the fourth son of William Henry Seabrook and his wife Sarah White. This branch of the family has been in the wine business since 1878.

William John Seabrook

Several of their wines are named after family members - The Chairman (T.C. Seabrook), The Merchant (Doug Seabrook)  and The Broker (Iain Seabrook).

I'm off to order some for Christmas.

An early Seabrook label given to me by Dorothy Seabrook,
granddaughter of William John Seabrook.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

My DNA Results Are In

This morning I received an email from Ancestry saying that my DNA results were ready to view. I was surprised at the speed as I had expected to be waiting for a few more weeks.

Were there any surprises?

Well I was hoping to be a little more Irish! However, considering that some of my Irish came from Waterford and Vikings settled in the area in the 800s this may account for part of my previously unknown Scandinavian heritage. And of course a significant branch of my Irish ancestors were from England and were more than likely part of the Plantations of Ireland in Monaghan and Cavan in the 16th and 17th centuries.

I don't have many trace regions - just 4% from the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain) and 1% from Western Europe. I wonder where they fit in?

In my DNA matches there are 2 extremely high confidence matches - one a possible 2nd-3rd cousin and the other a 4th -6th cousin. Unfortunately he has a private tree so at the moment I am none the wiser. However, I have met the 2nd high confidence match and he is my 3rd cousin once removed on my Seabrook line. Shared DNA or a match via the information we have on Ancestry?

A quick perusal discovers about 3 matches on my Scottish McColm side. Unfortunately a more detailed study will need to wait until the Christmas break.

I now know what my mother and husband are getting for Christmas. Hope they enjoy the spit!