Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Dalding, Dalling, Dauling, Dawlen, Dawling, Doiley, Doily, Doldan, Dorland, Dorlding, Dorlen, Dorley
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/groups/dorling
Contact: Karen Hemmingham
I began researching my family history in 1982 and my maiden name Dorling as a one-name study soon after this. In 1984 I wrote to all the Dorlings in the UK telephone dirctories and had a good rate of response. This, combined with birth, marriage, death registrations, census records, and other records such as wills, gave me an overview of the Dorlings in the twentieth century.
I joined the Guild of One-Name Studies in the 1980s and my original membership number was 688. My research has continued over the years, both at record offices and using internet sources. I also run a Dorling DNA Project at Family Tree DNA which established which Dorling branches were related.
Dorling descendants have contacted me over the years, shared their photos and information about their families. Many newspapers are now searchable online and this has started to reveal some interesting information about the Dorlings. There is always new information to find! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your Dorling photos and information. I am very happy to tell you more about your Dorling ancestors.
I sometimes add to my Dorling blog site to add new information of interest and to keep people informed about the study's progress. This can be seen here at Dorling Family History
The Early Dorlings: My research found that the Dorlings came mainly from the East Anglia area (Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk). I found that in the Middle Ages the surname was spelt as Dalling and de Dalling, predominantly in Norfolk. As the Dorlings became more prevalent in Suffolk in the 1500s and 1600s, the spelling changed to Dawling, Dauling, Dorley etc and, for most families, standardised into Dorling. The one Suffolk family that retained the Dalling spelling was the family originating in South Elmham and Bungay, probably because they were literate. They married into the Wyndham family of Felbrigge Hall and Earsham.
More Recent Dorlings: I have information on nearly all 19th century Dorlings, so if people can trace their Dorling ancestors back to around 1911 or 1939 I can usually provide information on their ancestry.
I have placed most Dorlings into family trees, having identified the main branches whose origins are all in Suffolk. Branches are named after the place where the founding couple lived - Bury St Edmunds, West Stow, Bacton, Herringswell, Nacton, Dennington, Framsden. Also, I have family trees for the Dallings of Bungay, Suffolk and the Dallings of Westerham, Kent. A future plan is to look at the Dalling families of Devon and cornwall areas.
Many of my trees are now available on the FAMILY SEARCH website under the banner of The Guild of One-Name Studies. They are occasionally updated with new information. Search for your Dorling ancestor under "Genealogies" and select "Guild of One-Name Studies" in the left hand menu to find Dorlings in my trees at Family Search. The trees on Family Search only contain basic genealogical information. I have far more information and photos, so please contact me to see if I have information on your family. Future plan is to add pdfs and photos to Family Search for individual Dorlings. Do send me autobiographies and biographies of your Dorlings so I can add to individual details. This will help future generations of Dorling descendants to find out about their family history.
I also have many trees on Ancestry.co.uk Many of these are public, but I sometimes make them private when working on them. However, I am very happy to invite interested people to view any private ones.
The Dorling DNA Project began in 2006 as a YDNA project to find out if the main Dorling branches were related to each other. The project is now with FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA), and now also accepts members with autosomal results e.g. Ancestry DNA tests, FTDNA Family Finder, 23andMe etc. The YDNA study showed that two of the major branches, "Bury St Edmunds" and "West Stow", share a common ancestor. This ancestor has yet to be discovered. We have recently upgraded the YDNA results to provide an estimate of when this common ancestor may have lived - results show a 62% chance the common ancestor was born around 1570, a 90% chance the common ancestor was born around 1450.
As part of the Dorling DNA Project there is now a Dorling Autosomal DNA Group on facebook open to anyone with a Dorling ancestor who has done an autosomal DNA test e.g. with Ancestry, My Heritage, Living DNA, Family Tree DNA, 23 and Me, and who has a gedmatch kit number. It is easy to register with Gedmatch and follow their instructions to upload your results to get a kit number.
Dorling Branches 1800-1899: As at Dec 2017, Of all 764 known male Dorlings born between 1800 and 1900, 93% can be assigned to a branch, and another 7% of unknown branch to Suffolk.
The origin of the Dallings of Westerham, Kent (previously from Buckland, Surrey in the 1500s) is as yet unknown. However, the Dallings of Westerham used the Coat of Arms that are associated with Simon Dalling, and his nephew (believed to be nephew) William Dalling died 1501, both of whom were Masters of Trinity College, College, Cambridge. This coat of arms also began to be used by the Dallings of Bungay/Earsham, and a book written about Bungay says the Westerham and Bungay family are related. However, despite viewing family records in the Norfolk Record Office I have found no proven link between the Dallings of Westerham and the Dallings of Suffolk. But I did discover that in 1664, in the book "Discliamers in the Herald's Visitations" the Heralds Visitation had refused John Dalling (1634-1696) of Bungay the right to a Coat of Arms - probably due either to lack of evidence or incorrect evidence. Unfortunately, no Dorling YDNA descendants are known of from either branch.
The Dalling family of Bungay - John Dorling b. 1731 Bungay d.1798 Earsham Hall, as Major Dalling (light infantry) he was present at the Battle of Quebec in 1758. He was Governor of Jamaica 1777-1782.
West Stow branch
Rev William Dorling 1931-1912 of Buckhurst Hill, Congegational Minister and writer.
By the 18th and 19th century there are several branches of Dorlings, each of which originates from a known male ancestor in Suffolk,UK. The main aim of the original DNA study was to see if any of these distinct Dorling branches shared a common ancestor.
The original Dorling DNA Project started with DNA Heritage in 2005 and used 43 markers. 9 participants representing 6 branches were YDNA tested, but more followed. DNA Heritage ceased operating and the Dorling DNA Project transferred to Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) in 2011. All results, except the Epsom/Dennington branch, were transferred to FTDNA and most of these have now been upgraded to a higher level of testing. The DNA sample from the Dennington/Epsom Dorlings is no longer accessible and we also have no-one tested from the small Framsden branch. male Dorling volunteers from these two branches would be very welcome.
Two distant cousins, descendants from each branch, are needed to match to confirm the DNA signature of a branch. This has been done for all the following branches:-
Bury St Edmunds (BSE) Dorlings
West Stow Dorlings
Barton Mills/Herringswell Dorlings
The results for these branches revealed that the 2 largest branches (Bury St Edmunds and West Stow) are related through a common ancestor who was probably born between 1450 and 1570. We have yet to discover who this common ancestor is!
The other main branches are not related to each other.
Bacton YDNA is classified as J2 DNA and Herringswell / Barton Mills is I1b1a DNA. These two YDNA groups are rare in Europe.
I sometimes put Dorling information in the 'notes' on the Dorling Ancestry profile page on facebook. However, there is more information on the Dorling trees I have created on Ancestry.co.uk
Some photos are available at the dorlingfamilyhistory blog
I have also created photo albums on Facebook that anyone can access and these are organised by branch and give some biographical details (though not of living Dorlings unless they ask to be put on). They can be viewed by anyone (you don't have to join Facebook) at:
West Stow branch
Australian West Stow
Bury St Edmunds
When the photo album comes up, double click on the first photo and it will be enlarged, then click on next / previous to move through the album. Unfortunately the links for these Facebook album seem to expire after a period of time, so if you can't view them sent me an email and I will send you a new link.
I would be really grateful for any contributions of photos, so if you can contribute any photos, please email them to me and let me know if you if you are happy to share them for others to view on the internet.
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