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About the study
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POINTING & POYNTING are rare surnames with only a small number of currently unlinked "branches". Moreover, most of those "branches" have origins in England, and in particular from Somerset.
A key question we have been trying to answer is which branches indeed share a common direct male-line ancestor. This can now be answered through a simple DNA test.
The DNA test also gives indications as to the earlier, i.e. prehistoric, geographical origins of direct male-line ancestors.
Data has been obtained showing that two branches from Somerset (one from Bruton, the other from Midsomer Norton), whose connection cannot yet be traced via paper records, share a recent common male-line ancestor. Volunteer testers from other branches are urgently required.
More details are here: POINTING/POYNTING DNA STUDY