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About the study
The Butson surname is believed to have originated in Devonshire. The earliest references are there and in Cornwall, with some in the 1700's at Muker, Yorkshire. The name, in a different spelling, apparently is in the Domesday Book. Details on the earliest Butson records can be found at the Early Butson Website ( http://www.wwjohnston.net/famhist/early-butson.htm ).
Many of the Butson family trees from Cornwall, Wales, England and around the world have been reconstructed at Wesley Johnston's Celtic Roots Tree ( http://www.wwjohnston.net/famhist/celtic-roots-tree )
The Butson DNA Project ( https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/butson/about ) focuses on direct male-line Butson descendants who provided their y-DNA for testing to (1) Connect Butson branches that pre-date parish registers, so that there is no documentary way to connect them. -- (2) Identify uniquely Butson y-DNA configurations -- and (3) Add to the Butson One-Name Study information. The project does include other Butson descendants who have done autosomal DNA testing.