The Cory DNA Project

DNA Helix

Testing the Y-Paternal Chromosome

The Cory Society DNA Project began in 2001 when we were offered the chance of taking part in a university’s DNA project. Jean Hayes was our first coordinator. The project focused on the male Y chromosome. We were naturally interested to see if the different Cory lines originated from one man and this seemed an exciting opportunity to try out what was at that time a new way to research family history. Three male volunteers were selected from our membership. Our participants had to be a Cory or Corey male who could trace his Cory ancestry back to at least the 17th century. We were hugely disappointed when there was no match between them, proving that we did not descend from one man.

Our English Society has had close links with the American Cory Family Society, and we entered a joint DNA project with our American counterparts through Relative Genetics. Participants on this site eventually numbered 77 results before Relative Genetics passed the family history side of DNA testing to Ancestry.com. Some of the American participants elected at this point to withdraw their results before Ancestry took over and transferred to the Family Tree website. The English Cory DNA Project remained with Ancestry until 2013 when the company advised that test kits could no longer be dispatched to the UK and that they would no longer host group projects on their website.  Results of these Cory project samples were downloaded and saved by the next co-ordinator, Margaret Goffin. In 2014 we sent our first test to Family Tree for testing

The DNA results data chart included the names of 83 individuals from the English and American lines who had participated in our joint project. These names have now been removed and replaced with the participant’s pedigree table name and tree number as shown below. Samples matching others from the same pedigree table have been consolidated, retaining those samples tested at different sites or showing slight differences. Four unmatched results considered to be from lines with paternity issues have been removed from the data chart. This will protect the privacy of our participants whilst allowing our results to be available to anyone needing to view the data in future.

The samples sort into 4 different halpogroups, the largest being R1b, which subdivides into 6 different groups, all rooted in Devon or Cornwall.The column headed DYS19a in the brief summary show these differences.

The root of haplogroup I1 is from either Norfolk or Northampton lines but there is no proof which county  had the first Cory! Both counties had a very early Cory line: Northampton’s earliest ancestor was Nicholas Cory born 1490 and Norfolk’s was Robert Corie who died in 1444.

The complete result chart, has been reduced here to 31 samples and five different haplogroups. The column headed DYS19a shows these differences emerging.

DNA Table

The full chart covering seven A4 pages, can be viewed from this link.
Haplogroups and Pedigree Tables
Please note that some participants chose to pay more to have their sample tested more fully and therefore not all cells contain results.

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