Strange DNA

Merging paper sources with DNA to Ancient Roots to Ireland, Scotland & Scandinavia through Europe to Armenia.


JM 172: The Kura-Araxes cultural tradition existed in the highlands of the South Caucasus from 3500 to 2450 BCE (before the Christian era). This tradition represented an adaptive regime and a symbolically encoded common identity spread over a broad area of patchy mountain environments. By 3000 BCE, groups bearing this identity had migrated southwest across a wide area from the Taurus Mountains down into the southern Levant, southeast along the Zagros Mountains, and north across the Caucasus Mountains. In these new places, they became effectively ethnic groups amid already heterogeneous societies. This paper addresses the place of migrants among local populations as ethnicities and the reasons for their disappearance in the diaspora after 2450 BCE.


An excerpt from John Meyer's "The Alloway Stranges, Book X" :

"Mrs. Juanita Alloway heard from a man in Lenoir, NC, during the summer of 1990, who told the story that John Alloway Strange, Sr. had been a foundling child, left on the doorstep of Abraham and Ann Alloway in New Kent County, VA. Though they reared the child with the name Alloway, they appended the surname Strange to indicate the child had been abandoned."

This has been where a huge mix-up of STRANGE/STRANG, MITCHELL/MICHEL and ALLOWAY/GALLOWAY paper trees have occurred and is now being proven via DNA by separating R1b and J2 males. Please contact me or for more information.

A Fine Mess

Please feel free to browse the tree as I am updating this welcome page.

Some of our Ancestors:

Somerled (died 1164), known in Middle Irish as Somairle, Somhairle, and Somhairlidh, and in Old Norse as Sumarliði, was a mid-12th-century warlord who, through marital alliance and military conquest, rose in prominence and seized control of the Kingdom of the Isles.

A great storyteller on Conall Caernach:

I1: Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241) : was an Icelandic historian, poet, and politician particularly know for writing the Prose Edda, an important work relating to Viking history and Norse mythology. His presumed descendants tested their Y-DNA haplogroups, which is available on

RM269: According to the Stewart Stuart DNA Project House of Stuart, who ruled Scotland from 1371, then also England and Ireland from 1603 until 1707, belongs to the S781 branch of R1b-L21, downstream of DF13 and L744.

J1c: On 12 September 2012, archeologists from the University of Leicester announced that they had discovered what they believed were the remains of King Richard III of England (1452-1485) within the former Greyfriars Friary Church in the city of Leicester (see Exhumation of Richard III). The skeleton's DNA matched exactly the mitochondiral haplogroup (J1c2c) of modern matrilineal descendants of Anne of York, Richard's elder sister, confirming the identity of the medieval king.

K1: Ötzi the Iceman, Europe's oldest natural human mummy, dating from 5,300 years ago, had his full genome sequenced (the oldest European genome ever tested) and was found to belong to haplogroup K1f.

T: The testing of Thomas Jefferson's DNA revealed that the third US president belonged to haplogroup T.

H: Various matrilineal descendants of Empress Maria Theresa were tested and confirmed to belong to the same haplogroup. This lineage's most recent common matrilineal ancestor is Princess Christine Louise of Oettingen-Oettingen (1671-1747), whose matrilineal descendants include Emperor Joseph II, Emperor Leopold II, Emperor Ferdinand I, Frederick William II of Prussia, Tsar Peter II of Russia, Queen Marie-Antoinette, William I of the Netherlands, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, and Leopold II of Belgium.

Luke the Evangelist (H2a2b) : one of the Four Evangelists, whose presumptive remains in Padua were tested by Vernesi et al. (2001).

Gill et al. (1994) tested the presumptive mitochondrial DNA of Tsaritsa Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia and compared it to that of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Both being matrilineal descendants of Queen Victoria, they shared the same haplogroup H. The lineage of Queen Victoria can be said to belong to mt-haplogroup H. Their lineage can be traced back to Anne of Bohemia and Hungary (1503-1546), whose maternal-line descendants include a great many European aristocrats, including (chronologically) Emperor Maximilian II, Marie de' Medici, Emperor Ferdinand II, Władysław IV Vasa, Louis XIII of France, Philip IV of Spain, Charles II of England, James II of England, Emperor Leopold I, William III of England, Louis XV of France, Ferdinand VI of Spain, Leopold I of Belgium, Pedro V of Portugal, Luís I of Portugal, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Ferdinand I of Romania, George II of Greece, Alexander of Greece, Paul of Greece, and Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Most Haplogroup information from

Conall Caernach

RM269: The Cruithne were the first Celtic racio-tribal group to come to the British Isles, appearing between about 800 and 500 B.C., and coming from the European continent. They were a matrilineal people, tracing royal lineage and inheritance through the female line, and in pagan times had worshiped the mother-goddess of fertility. By historical times they had come to reckon descent patrilineally, by the male line, hence their traditional descent from Conall Cearnach ("Conall of the Victories"), one of the legendary heroes from early Irish literature. Such Gaelic ancestral heroes, being the ultimate ancestors of all the ethnic groups of Gaeldom, are euhemerized deities ("gods made flesh") from the ancient Celtic "Otherworld" of pre—Christian times. Conall Cearnach is ultimately a male-manifestation of Brigid (later St. Brigid), the original mother-goddess of the Cruithne. The Cruithne of Scotland are the original Albans, or natives of Albany (Scotland north of the Firth of Forth), and are commonly referred to as Picts. The Picts were an equestrian warrior aristocracy of the classic early Celtic type, in overlord status over a more numerous pre—Celtic population (see Part I, Chapter III). They were the last of the Cruithne to lose their matrilineality. This happened during the ninth and tenth centuries (the Cruithne of Ireland had lost theirs centuries earlier), and came as a result of the merger of the Pictish kingdom with that of the patrilineal Erainnian tribe of Dal Riada. This mixing resulted in kin groups being equally of two ethnic groups, one Erainnian and tracing itself in the male line, the other Pictish and at the point of transition from the female line to the male line descent system.