Beasley Project Categories
The Beasley DNA project is registered at Family Tree DNA (FTDNA). The principal objective is to identify common YDNA profiles of men bearing the name Beasley or other variants such as Beesley, Beazley, Beezley, Beasly, etc.
Once tested, a YDNA Profile identifies a broadly defined Haplotype that describes prehistoric human migration patterns from the beginning of human history. Over many thousands of years populations migrated from Africa to all parts of the world. In this time there have been mutations that have passed on to future generations. YDNA captures mutations on the Y Chromosome that tracks male heredity. YDNA research is compiling increasingly detailed maps of human migration. For the purposes of this project, only the broadest distinctions are used. This means that the difference from one Haplotype to another among Beasley lines go back many thousands of years, well before the actual use of surnames. Different Haplotypes are identified with migration to different parts of the world.
There are dozens of top level Haplotypes in existance, but only four of these have been indentified among Beasley's:
R Haplotype (R1b): The R Haplotype was an early migration from Africa to west Asia, spreading through Asia and Europe. This is the most common for Beasley's. It makes sense because Beasley has it's origin in England and the R1b Haplotype is most common in Western Europe and the British Isles. There are several distinct CLANS so distantly related that we would not find a common ancestor among them, but possible within each CLAN. They all have paternal lineage to Western Europe.
R Haplotype (R1a): We have one R1a CLAN and a couple other unmatched individuals who are of this Haplotype. Like R1b, R1a was an early migration to western Asia, but came to be most common in the north central Caucasus region.
E Haplotype (E1b1): We have one CLAN of this Haplotype with two Patriarch Trees appearing to be related. This Haplotype had it's migration to Western Africa about 20,000 years ago and is rare among western European populations. From what we know so far, it is possible that this CLAN may be traced to a single common ancestor
I Haplotype (I1): We have scattered Patriarch Trees, many not matching in more recent times whose migration pattern is most prominently to parts of Scandanavia. Some of these appear to be related to Beardsley lineages. In many cases it will be unlikely to find a common Beasley ancestor among the Patriarchs of this Haplotype.