Goals for my Cavers one-name study in 2018

Looking ahead to the New Year I thought I’d jot down things that I’d like to tackle in this area in the next 12 months.

I’m tempted to work on a new WordPress-based website for my one-name study, as I did for my Coldingham and Melrose one-place studies. But at the moment I’m not sure that’s a good use of my limited energy. Not least because my existing Cavers blog is also acting well as a repository for ideas / sharing.

I’d definitely like to blog more Cavers family lineages, and also stories of interesting people, references to Cavers people in early newspapers etc. That should become easier as more Scottish Borders papers are added to the British Newspaper Archive in digital form online.

The Cavers Y-DNA Project continues, and I’d like to do at least a couple more DNA blog posts. The first will consider the issue of comparing Douglas vs Cavers DNA – not quite as my first impressions suggested, and more complex a story. And I very much want to blog about the potential of autosomal DNA testing for the Cavers one-name study, given my recent successes. I may well widen the DNA study to accept autosomal tests next year.

It would also be nice to blog more provocative articles which raise questions, or throw up suggestions for further research. For example I did a medical blog post in the last year, which led to quite a bit of discussion. It would be good to see more along these lines.

Many ideas anyway. Looking forward to it!

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4 thoughts on “Goals for my Cavers one-name study in 2018

  1. Pingback: Family history goals for 2018 | Viv's Ancestry Blog

  2. Thanks for your massive amount of work on this study! FYI, my son Tys Theysmeyer had his DNA tested, think his fathers side. My mother was Winona Cavers, daughter of James and Isabella Huston, born 1920 in Regina Sask. Woyld you like me to have him contact you about it?

    • If it’s ok I’ll get in touch with you if we extend the Cavers project in future to include autosomal DNA. But any Y-DNA result for your son wouldn’t help with Cavers, because the Y-DNA wouldn’t pass from your father to you (as a daughter), so your son won’t have it, unlike the direct paternal line Y-DNA he would have inherited from his father. But autosomal matching is very much a possibility.
      Best wishes.

    • Just rereading your post and see it was your mother who was a Cavers not your father. Any Cavers Y-DNA from her father would only pass through sons to sons. So again Y-DNA won’t help in your case, but autosomal would. Will be in touch if need be anyway. Thanks!

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