This website is intended to be the core gathering place for a One Name Study of the Beasley surname: All Beasley’s and Descendants, All Spellings, All Time, World Wide. This is BIG. It will never be done. But it is a direction and a cause for families and genealogists to follow. It will become a treasure for generations to come.
Through the use of YDNA research we are able to identify which Beasley’s are related and which are not. This is done by comparing certain genes that are passed through the generations on the Y chromosome just like the surname is passed from father to son. Over time some of these chromosomes mutate. The closer this set of chromosomes match in two men with the same surname, the more likely there is a common ancestor we can find.
This project is primarily studying people with the Beasley surname (as the most common spelling) as well as Beesley, Beazley and Beezley. These days there are very few spelled differently, but we are open to look at others who may be connected. When we use the Beasley spelling, we mean to include the others as well.
In each genetic line, we know the men are related, but we don’t always know who the common ancestor is. For each participant, we seek a “Pedigree”, that is, a list of ancestors, beginning with parents, leading directly to the earliest known Beasley ancestor. We find these through traditional research and family information. Very often, this is all we need to find the relationship. Sooner or later, every line has an ancestor where the parents aren’t presently known. For the time being, THAT person is the Patriarch. That Patriarch’s tree consists of ALL direct ancestors and their spouses.