First, hello, from a newcomer here, and I hope I am putting this message in the right place. I signed up after searching family trees here and finding a number of people with these lines in their trees so I know what I am going to be doing this weekend ... sending out lots of messages!
I am part of a project looking into the connections among the families with these surname variants from the St Austell / Roche bit of Cornwall, descended from a John Hore born 1552 (or his ancestors I guess). There are descendants in England, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, it seems, from emigration mainly in the early mid 1850s, when so many people left Cornwall and went off to work in mining, mainly, elsewhere. I have seen messages and trees of people in some of those places on the net and hope to be able to contact some of them too.
Well, I'm not part of the project, since I'm a mere girl and daughter of a girl, and for tracing the surname line only boys count. But this is a very interesting bit of my own tree with lots of questions, so I got a male rellie to scrape his cheek for it. So far, of the very few participants in the project, my rellie has a close match! with someone who has the paper trail to go with (which is what I do not have for this line), confirming that somehow, this family of mine is in that line. Possibly from one of those "non-paternal events" ... where the name somebody got wasn't the (real) daddy's name. Because until we got that match, we didn't suspect that was the surname of the family from Cornwall in question in our tree. The match as so far tested isn't so perfect that it might not come from before surnames still, though. We are hoping to refine it, and more participants would help do that.
Of coure it's always possible that the other person is the one with the non-paternal event in his line! and maybe he belongs to my family's surname line and not vice versa. So we need more people with the name and hopefully the pedigree to test, to confirm that what we are matching is actually Hore/Hoar/Hoare DNA. Or if you don't have the pedigree, the testing might get you one. ;)
The people in the US with this name who seem to come from Devon and/or Gloucestershire lines are not matching with our two boys. But they are looking for possible cousins too. Many people in the States especially are eager to get more people in England (and Scotland and Ireland) to do testing since they have no records at all to let them jump the Atlantic to their source.
Anyone else who has a male rellie who matches these genealogical specs - your uncle or brother or grandfather or cousin (or your partner's, if it is his or your children's family you are researching) - can get that person to collect his cheek scrapings, and you can administer his "kit" on his behalf.
I don't expect that any cousins will see this message today and come flocking to the project, but it's out here on the internet now so somebody may run into it and be interested.
Meanwhile I would love to hear anyone else's stories of successes, or surprises, from DNA testing. So far I have only done this YDNA thing but I am thinking of doing autosomal testing ("Family Finder" with the company we are using) and I would also love to hear from anyone who has done that about what it has told them.
Good night all!