Creer from the Isle of Man - Family history
Creer from the Isle of Man Y-DNA Study
Current genealogical research has already established that the Creer family groups, recorded as originating on the Isle of Man (IOM), were at least present on the Island from around 1500. A number of distinct Creer family trees have been identified and recorded covering the period 1600-2005 and a database of some 20,000 Creer family history events (births, marriages and deaths) from around the world has been assembled.
Some 70% of these events have been identified and attributed to individual distinguishable Creer family groups (n=60), all being traced back to origins in the IOM. Hence today there is a relatively clear picture of how different Creer families have emigrated from the IOM and scattered around the world to a number of countries including England, the USA, Australia and Canada. No significant migration occurred until the early 1800's and prior to that, for at least 300 years, the Creer families were born and died almost exclusively on this small island.
The earliest, surviving, written records show that in 1511 there were only 7-8 Creer families (at that time McCrere) on the IOM, all living no more than 5 miles from each other. Current genealogical research is examining the early land records of that time, to try and understand :-
This current research is proving slow and difficult owing to the age of such records, their inaccessibility, incompleteness and lack of detail. Therefore a new and supplementary approach has been adopted, namely that of Y Chromosome analysis of Creer males known to have originated from the Isle of Man. This study commenced in 2005 and is now largely complete.
Summary and Conclusions
Although this was a relatively small sample of respondents in comparison with some other studies, the closely-fitting set of DNA results observed, set alongside a very comprehensive database of matching family history records indicate that this tightly-focussed research has indeed produced valid results. Whilst, the sample tested represented only about 5% of all Creer males living today, the Creer family groups included in the testing cover about 75% of all Creer males living today.
The way in which the Y-DNA analysis has corroborated and supported the genealogy evidence has been impressive and reassuring. This study clearly demonstrates how these new techniques do really work in conjunction with existing genealogy research and can bring new and powerful insights - and has also unblocked a major barrier in understanding the Creer family history. The questions that were posed at the beginning of the study and that now have been answered are:-
In addition, other new knowledge about the history of the Creer family has been gained:-
A full report of the Creer Y-DNA study can be found here
The Creer Y-DNA study website can be found here
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