Our project employs DNA analysis to better understand Bryson family history. Testing has already taken us well beyond the limits of conventional genealogy. Our first two Bryson participants from the United Kingdom have learned they are not genetically connected, yet each of them has identified previously unknown genetic cousins in North America.
After just a dozen tests we discovered there is no single Bryson family, rather there are several genetically distinct groups who share the name Bryson. Actually, that should not come as a surprise, if we recognize that several of the explanations concerning the origin of the Bryson surname may be true. We’ve also discovered that some Brysons are genetically Hoopers, probably the result of adoption.
We seek to determine just how many unique Bryson families there are, and unlock the mystery of who they are and where they came from. We’ve been joined by participants with the surname Brisson and Bryce and seek to expand the project to include related surnames such as: Brice, Bryceson, and Brison. They are welcomed as full and equal partners as we discover if there are any genetic connections among us. Testing has already shown possible connections between Bryson and Bryce (probability of a connection within 12 generations is 35.05%), and Bryson and Bruce (probability of a connection within 12 generations is 78.43%.)
We invite you to share in this exciting discovery.