My aunt and a cousin started the tree many years ago. They handed it over by my father who worked on it for several years before passing it on to me.
I recently joined a project on www.familytreedna.com which is researching the Y-DNA links in the Rapley family. This was started by a Rapley in the USA who was trying to establish their family links back to the UK. From the records it seems probable that I should have been related to them and it would confirm the vague records. To our surprise however the Y-DNA tests did not show a family link.
The only way this can happen is if there was an unrecorded adoption probably sometime in the 19th century. To confirm this we need more Rapleys to join the project as there are not enough to see where the break is.
So if you are a Rapley and are interested in the family tree and the origins of the Rapley family please consider joining the project. Click here for details
If you have any questions please contact me
So What is Y-DNA Testing? (Taken from MyFTDNA)
- You can discover the origin of your paternal line with a Y-DNA test
- Connect with genetic cousins and uncover the deep ancestral origin of your direct paternal line (your father, your father’s father, etc.) though Y-DNA testing. This is available for males only.
- Results Include:
- genetic matches, paternal ancestral origins, paternal haplogroup, haplogroup migration map, haplogroup frequency map, and test results certificate. Family Tree DNA will continue to update you about new matches and other information regarding your result.
What Level of Y-DNA Should I Test?
The level of Y-DNA testing you choose determines how closely you are related to your matches. The more markers you test and match, the more closely related you are to the person you match.
There is a discount when you join a Surname Project!
Before placing an order, search for the Rapley Surname Project, which will entitle you to a reduced price when you order a test kit as a member of the Project.
I do hope you will consider joining and help with furthering the Rapley family tree project for now and future generations of Rapleys.