News Update - March 2009

The Renouf Surname Project

En Francais/ French

Le Projet ‘Nom de Famille RENOUF’ est enregistré auprès de www.familytreedna.com

et s’adresse à tous les hommes portant le nom RENOUF qui voudraient assister ou confirmer leur histoire généalogique (archives, actes) avec les résultats de généalogie génétique. Les résultats du test du chromosome Y (test Y-ADN) d'hommes portant le nom de famille ‘RENOUF’ sont ainsi comparés. S'ils sont équivalents, les hommes sont de la même lignée paternelle. On peut comparer la signature Y-ADN à celle des autres et ainsi découvrir des parents, même éloignés, dans le monde entier.

Le projet RENOUF existe depuis 2007 et compte à ce jour quinze adhérents habitant aux îles anglo-normandes, en Australie, en Nouvelle Zélande et aux Etats- Unis. Tous les membres de ce projet ont suivi la lignée de leurs ancêtres paternels (par la recherche généalogique) jusqu’à Jersey ou Guernesey dans les îles anglo-normandes. On espère recueillir d’autres adhésions en provenance de France et du Canada pour découvrir ou confirmer les liens historiques de notre famille de RENOUFs. Pour le moment, on constate que l’origine des RENOUFs provient de Normandie (France) et plus anciennement encore vient de Scandinavie ou d’Europe du Nord.

Le test Y-ADN est très simple : après avoir envoyé un prélèvement de salive ( frottis de la paroi intérieure des joues avec l’aide d’un coton-tige) en petites ampoules à la compagnie familytreedna vous recevrez des résultats de votre profil génétique dans environ 6 semaines. Ce profil est comparé dans la banque des donnés, de manière à déterminer avec quelles personnes vous concordez génétiquement. Si vous le souhaitez, vous pourrez prendre contact avec ces personnes et obtenir plus d'informations sur le passé de votre famille. Mais si vous préférez, vous pouvez garder cette information pour vous.

Le ‘Projet de famille RENOUF’ vous recommande de procéder par un test ADN-Y comprenant au moins 25 marqueurs car ils fournissent une base de départ solide pour toute comparaison future. Voir le site www.familytreedna.com pour commander votre set de test et si vous vous inscrivez au ‘Projet de famille RENOUF’ les prix sont très intéressants.

Vous pouvez consulter le site en français pour vous renseigner plus en détail sur tous les aspects des tests ADN.

http://www.familytreedna.ch/index.php?langchange=fr
Nous espérons que les hommes français et/ou canadiens-français portant le nom RENOUF auront l’intérêt de participer à notre projet de famille. Il serait fort intéressant d’étudier les liens de parenté entre les RENOUFs français et les RENOUFs qui habitent l’Angleterre, les Etats-Unis, le Canada, la Nouvelle-Zélande et l’Australie.

En Anglais/ English

I have set up a Renouf Surname Project at www.FamilyTreeDNA.com an organization which does genealogical DNA testing and maintains an extensive geneagraphic data base. This has come about because a few years ago I participated in the World Geneagraphic Project sponsored by National Geographic, as I trusted their ethical approach to testing and research. When I received my results I choose FamilyTreeDNA, as recommended by National Geographic, to store my data [for 25 years], and then to upgrade my testing from 12 to 67 markers. Now I have volunteered to be their Renouf Surname Project Group Administrator.

The Renouf Surname Project to date

So far three Renouf males have undertaken their Y-DNA test with FamilyTreeDNA and three others have joined the surname project. The three tests have shown three different results and those tested belong to three different Haplogroups [1L; R1a1; and R1b1b2h]. These findings are already of some interest. Firstly, that we don’t all come from the single common ancestor, once suggested. Secondly, they also prove that more than one Renouf family line exists in the Channel Islands. Of these initial people tested, two had families who were from Jersey [St. Martins and St. Mary] and one from Guernsey [St.Andrews]. While none of the three reside in the Channel Islands, each can trace their family migrations from the Islands and look back over four hundred years to their initial recorded ancestor in the Islands.

The goals of the Renouf Surname Project are to

  1. Establish the genetic linkages between the various Renouf families in France with those in the Channel Islands, Italy, the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
  2. Further our knowledge and understanding of the many different Renouf histories by tracing their migration from Normandy over the past 900 years and
  3. Enable family members to link up

Questions the Renouf Surname Project hopes to be able to answer are

Which French Renouf families and which French towns do we link to?

Are all the Jersey or all the Guernsey Renoufs related to a common ancestor?

If not, how many discrete family lines existed in each of the Islands and when did they begin?

Is there evidence of early migration between Jersey and Guernsey?

Which of the American and Canadian Renouf families came directly from France?

Are any of us related to the Renoufs who fought as Crusaders in Italy in the tenth century?

If you are interested in the goals of the project and would like some more of your genealogical questions answered then undertaking the testing and joining the Renouf Surname Project offers considerable potential for you, since we Renoufs

The Y-DNA test looks at the Y chromosome which is passed mainly unchanged from father to son with no spousal influence. This means the project looks at the direct paternal Renouf line down through the ages.

I invite you, if you are a male Renouf, to think about undergoing the testing and joining the Surname Project; or if you are a Renouf daughter to ask one of your male Renouf relatives to be tested and join on behalf of your family.

Organizing a Test

The DNA test itself is very simple; it requires your ordering a Y-DNA kit from www.FamilyTreeDNA.com, receiving the testing kit, brushing the inside of the cheek with a specially provided swab, and sending the swab in a special phial back to Family Tree DNA to be tested. The results will be given to you after about a month. After that you can elect to join the Renouf Surname Group Project and one other, such as the Viking DNA group or the French group. You will also be able to see others [not Renoufs] whose Haplogroup and results match closely with yours.

The most basic test is a 12 marker Y-DNA test which costs $99 US plus postage. More extensive tests [up to 67 markers] are possible but not necessary unless you want to know a lot more or want to confirm a perfect match with another individual.

If you would like further information about the Y-DNA Testing or the Renouf Surname Project please let me know.

I will be producing a Newsletter about the Renouf Surname Project as it develops. If you would like to receive it, even if you don’t want to be tested, let me know.

I hope this is of interest to you and that you will think favorably about being tested and joining us in the Renouf Surname Group Project for the next exciting genealogy step.

Jacky Renouf in New Zealand