In 2006, I was contacted by
researchers of the Talley and Tolley families to participate
in DNA testing to see if there was a connection between the
Talley's, Tolley's and Tuley's. Since they offered to pay for
the test, I agreed to participate.
Because of the differences in
pronunciation, which I think are more significant than the
spelling differences, I did not expect there to be a match,
but I was surprised at how different the results were.
According to the test results, we are related back around the
time of Noah.
A Tooley from the John Tuley/Sarah New
line also tested and as expected he and I were an exact 12
marker match, indicating our lines are related sometime since
the late 1600's (about the time the Tuley's originally came to
America). A couple of people from the Connecticut Tooley line
have tested and they do not match us.
Thinking about it, if some other Tuley's
tested, we could show a link between the various Tuley lines.
Unfortunately, I can't offer to fund the testing. If you are
interested, lots of good information on DNA testing for
genealogy can be found at Family Tree DNA http://www.familytreedna.com.
If anyone from the New
Jersey Tuley line gets tested, please let me know.
An interesting article, that explains testing very well.
The limits of ancestry DNA tests, explained.