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IMFA Y-DNA Testing Candidates
by US332 Wayne J. Straight

As you know by now, as we the core cadre have continued to try to depict the state of our Mx knowledge in a variety of formats, we’ve also pushed hard to get each of you to adopt a Line (as illustrated in both our newsletter and on our Website), build a community of interest, do the research and collaboration, and let us know what additional data you have or where you think what we’ve said about a particular Line is wrong. Please take the time to look at what we’ve said about your Line today and get involved in improving the state of our knowledge about it. If you find a mistake, and I’m sure there are plenty of them, let us know. Prove us wrong, but be prepared to defend your assertions. We’re especially keen to see primary or secondary evidence that extends, corroborates or contradicts what we’ve published. The following article is yet another take on the corporate Mx data, as we know it. (The November issue will have an article describing a graphic display, hosted on our Website, of this same data.)

Some time ago, I promised our core cadre, that I would use the insights I gained from producing the database and the Ancestral Tree, to provide my best assessment for a Y-DNA testing strategy with which to determine how and where best to spend our testing funds. Although ideally, all known Mx male IMFA members should be tested, in reality IMFA funds to help underwrite such testing are finite and thus require a reasoned expenditure. The following represents the second installment of an MxWorld series representing my assessment, leavened by input from several knowledgeable IMFA members. For those of you who wish to see the assessment in its entirety and who have internet access, it can be found on our Y-DNA page:

> Mx Y-DNA Surname Project

> Mx Genealogical Line List

> Mx Lines Relationship Diagram

Research Assistance

From time to time we all find ourselves facing an apparent brick wall in our research efforts. We find pieces of the puzzle are missing and cannot be found. Sometimes another pair of eyes or knowledge of a little known document resource can break the barrier and open new connections. If you find yourself in that situation we might be able to help.

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Biographies & Stories

Branford Mxes

This is a large U.S. family, originally from Suffolk & possibly descended from the Cambridge Mxes. It boasts 40 or more IMFA members, 24 are current, & 2, US294 & US374, are Mx males—both have been tested. We have a total of 6 Y-DNA test results to date, split evenly between two different Hgs, R1b1a2 & E1b1b1. To date the first group doesn't relate to any other known Line while the second is the result of an adoption in the 20th Century, & thus not relevant to our study at this point in time.
> More about the Branford Line

Elkridge Mxes

Elkridge Mxes are part of the R1 alliance. This is a huge U.S. family descended from one English immigrant who landed in Elkridge Landing, Maryland in 1726.
> More about The Elkridge Line

Garston Mxes

Harking back to at least the mid-to late 18th century, this Line is strongly centered on the Garston area of Liverpool, thus probably linking it to the one or more of the many Lancs-based Lines, including the Sefton Mxes.
> More about the Garston Line

Other Mx Lines

> More Mx Biographies & Stories

Mx Lines Webcards

Ancestral Mxes (Webcards)
Arbogast Mxes (Webcards)
Branford Mxes (Webcards)
Caldwell Mxes (Webcards)
Founder Mxes (Webcards)
Garston Mxes (Webcards)
Kent Mxes (Webcards)
Knowsley Mxes (Webcards)
Pilkington Mxes (Webcards)
Scarisbrick Mxes (Webcards)

Family Web Pages

A new feature we are testing on this site allows our members to submit GEDCOM files that are published as a set of Web Family Cards just as you would find in today's genealogy software. Click on the following link to see how this works for the file submitted by US329 Jim Molineux. On the pedigree page you will find three new links: 1) View Genealogy Report, 2) Email the Pedigree Owner, and 3) View Family Web Cards.
Web Family Cards Example

Send your comments, suggestions or GEDCOM for publishing to our webmaster at

The charts above illustrate the coupling of our lines research with the DNA surname project results to identify the strength of connections between Mx lines.

Mx Pedigrees

Member MxPedigrees began appearing on the website several years ago as part of the DNA Surname Project. We are in the process of expanding the pedigrees to include information submitted by past and present members for publication in MxWorld.

When the project is completed you will be able to upload a GEDCOM file of your Mx ancestry where it will become part of a searchable all-name database of member GEDCOMs. Until then, you can add or update your information on this website at Add/Edit Pedigree Information.

This information can be accessed by other members using the new Pedigree Search page. Names of living individuals, or individuals with a birth date before 1911 and no death date, are automatically hidden when displayed on the website.

Recognize Anyone?

Mullinax Family Photo

Help untangle the mystery of this old family photo! Do you recognize anyone? Maybe you have seen this photo before, or a member of your family is in it. What can you tell us? Have access to another copy? Maybe you know about period clothing styles that would help us date it. Possibly you know something about the circumstances in which it was taken.

If you have educated guesses, or knowledge, to help us understand this photograph better, let us hear from you! Follow this link for the full story on MxWorld (Vol. 30 No. 2) pages 4-6.

David Mullinax (US457), of Spring, Texas, is a descendant of the Delaware line of Mullinax’s, one of the earliest Mx families in England’s North American colonies. David’s family traces their lineage from Texas, back through Illinois and Tennessee to Delaware. Genetic evidence suggests his line is related to some of the early Mx lines in Virginia and South Carolina. If you have an interest or relevant information, please follow the link, read more and get in touch!

View a larger online photo and more discussion of this photo. > Go there

Partnering Genealogists With Historians

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US332 Wayne Straight and US033 Marilyn Mx Blanck, aided by Rebecca Snyder, Research Librarian and Associate Director at the Dakota County Historical Society (DCHS) in South St. Paul, Minnesota (www.dakotahistory.org) researched an erroneous 1891 newspaper article alleging Eli Mx was a murderer. See MxWorld, August 2010, Volume 25, Issue No. 1, pp. 9-13.

Rebecca wanted their story for the DCHS's publication Over the Years, where the tale has been reproduced virtually verbatim in the October 2010 issue (Volume 51 No. 3, pp. 17-21).

A great example of good research and good teamwork partnering genealogists and historians!