Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Brimstone, Brinstone
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
DNA website: familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=brinston
Contact: Dr Marilyn Astle
This is a rather rare surname which appears to have died out in the UK. A search on Surnames of England and Wales - the ONS list http://www.taliesin-arlein.net/names/search.php gives no hits.
Census records show 22 people of the surname Brinston in England and Wales in 1841. The number peaks at 54 in 1891 with the 1911 census showing only 1 Brinston plus two Brinstones.
A Brinston Y-DNA project has been established with Family Tree DNA. Since there were no other Y-DNA projects for similar names I included the following surnames in the project: Brinsden, Brinsdon, Brinson, Brinston, Brinstone.
I have established a simple blog to record progress on the study. https://brinstonstudy.blogspot.com/
Newfoundland's Grand Banks Site has a great deal of information for genealogy/family history research.
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