In July 2013 a DNA project was set up for people with the Brereton surname. Spelling variations which may be related are also welcome.
The broad aims are described on the Brereton DNA project site are:
We are regularly updating a discussion of the project results.
So far we have results for 3 Breretons and a Brewerton. One Brereton's male line is definitely unrelated to the other 3. Further tests are underway to find out if the other 3 share a common ancestor since surnames were adopted in England (in mediaeval times between about 1100AD and 1500AD). These tests are showing that it really is quite probable that Jeanie Atkins' Brewerton line from Cheshire/Flintshire shares a common male line ancestor with the ancestors of the William Brereton who was born c1755 in Wybunbury Cheshire, and whose male line descendant, Alyn Brereton, who lives in the USA, had himself tested and then joined the project in order to try and learn more about his Brereton roots. In fact by sharing convential (non-DNA) research information project members helped extend his tree back several generations to 1755. Now with a DNA match there is a spur to find how (a name change/mispelling?) and where the Brewertons connect to the Breretons.
We have now reached the stage where we need more Brereton families to encourage their men to take testing. The more families that test the more we shall be able to unravel the Brereton ancestry.
There are two very useful pdf files with introductory information on DNA testing available on Bruce Brereton's brereton.org website. I will link them here:
These were written by Jeanie Atkins who has been doing a one name study of her Brewerton surname for many years including using DNA tests. Finding no other Brewerton lines that share a common ancestor with her line, she was instrumental in getting the Brereton DNA project started up. Jeamie and Alyn Brereton have started a mini one name study of Brereton from the Wybunbury/Nantwich area of Cheshire so it is worth looking at the tribal pages site. You have to rquest an invitation in order to view the details.
A DNA sample can be easily collected for testing by doing a simple swab of the inside of one's cheek. Here is a link to order a dna test kit (at a reduced rate) and join the project. The Y-DNA37 test on a pre-new year sale at $119 is the one most men should order. HURRY SALE ENDS 31 DEC, and you may have to wait till next summer for another SALE. For more advice before you order including a cheaper option to get started, please do contact me, or Jeanie.
Page last updated 10 December 2013 by Michael Sandford