Sunday, April 24, 2016


Thank you to the generous donations after a plea on our RUNCIMAN Group on Facebook, we have now ordered a BigY test for another of the matching I1 haplogroup lines.
That's three of the four now represented.
One, Kevin, for the William of Crail lineage 1b is fully processed and analysed and awaiting more data at YFull.
The second, David, for the Alexander of Meikle Pinkerton lineage 1d has been processed at FamilyTreeDNA where we are awaiting the file needed for the next stage of the process needed for the analysis at YFull.
And now one has been ordered for Jim, representing Thomas of Dunbar, lineage 1c.
which leaves the Wanton Walls line to be represented - next sale?
Once all four are in, hopefully before, we should have a much better idea of when these lines actually branched into our RUNCIMAN specific lines on the Y-DNA tree of mankind.
We are currently stuck at what is called I-Z60*, 3000-4500 years ago.

FamilyTreeDNA DNA day sale is on until midnight the 26th of Apr Houston time.
FamilyFinder down to $79 - anyone with RUNCIMAN ancestors within say 4-6 generations
And for direct male line RUNCIMAN descendants only:
Y-DNA37 $129
Y-DNA67 $199 (preferred over the 37 marker test for consistency with others already tested)

Great time to be in and see what you can learn, and contribute to our overall knowledge of RUNCIMAN DNA.

Monday, March 7, 2016


No, not Neddie Seagoon et al, for those of you old enough to remember them.

A recent initiative by the Guild of One Name Studies (with whom the RUNCIMAN Surname One Name Study is registered) is to provide web hosting to registered members, and include maintenance of such sites when members can no longer do so.
Although this is only a trial (until Jun 2016), it seemed a good opportunity to turn my previous statement in the ONS Site About page that promised the ability for those interested in the RUNCIMAN surname to be able to contribute their own trees, in an easily replaced/refreshed format via GEDCom, instead of only my research being published on the ONS pages.
Have a read of the revised About page and see if this is for you.
It does not replace the use of WikiTree, nor the current One Name Study pages - horses for courses, each have their strengths.

That aside, the ONS pages have been refreshed, including a tweak or two to the Links page, and any revisions to lineages that wont show up in the latest changes lists.

The new GOONS version of the Runciman ONS pages have been "seeded" with the first two lineages - my Wanton Walls line, and that of Alexander of Meikle Pinkerton. More to come.
It's always an interesting exercise preparing/checking information for a new site.
Places and sources get improved, gaps you'd not noticed before get filled....

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Nothing like an update to include a list of unidentified RUNCIMANs from the 1851 census to spur the research.
The following day Ann RUNCIMAN was placed into the family I believe she most likely belongs to, and removed from the list.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lineage site update

Don't get too excited by the changes shown under Recent Changes > Latest Lineage Changes
Most, if not all, are part of a tidyup to ensure WikiTree is the WebLink provided given that's where most of our collaborative RUNCIMAN activity is these days.

Have YOU included your RUNCIMAN data there and connected up your pedigree to any existing trees as appropriate?

The Descendant Charts however are likely to contain updates, just not indexed as such, and you will notice that each place mentioned on a person's page now has little place icons.
If two icons exist they should work well, the first to Google maps, the second to OpenStreetMap, but if there's only one, it's currently a bit hit or miss as to where you'll land up in the world  - being worked on :)

Friday, December 18, 2015


A tidy up of the FamilySearch Family Tree for Elizabeth FAMILTON and William RUNCIMAN's family led me to a suggested duplicate as a candidate to merge.
A William RUNCIMAN was indexed as marrying an Ann WESTMINSTER 20 May 1784 St Botolph, Aldersgate, London.
Who were they? Who was she?
The only candidate I had for William in this timeframe/place was married on the same day, same place, to an Elizabeth Campbell MILLINGTON.
The actual entry was re-checked from the London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 images on ancestry from the London Metropolitan Archives.
It reads:
William Runciman of the Parish of Saint Ann Westminster in the County of Middlesex a bachelor and Elizabeth Millington of this Parish Spinster .....

Answer: she doesn't exist.
But Elizabeth Campbell MILLINGTON did

Thursday, November 5, 2015

New Y-DNA results on modal for I1 group

Check out the Summary DNA page for  our latest set of Y-DNA results - page down to the pedigree linked table.
Runciman (R-20), another descendant of William of Crail (lineage 1b), has tested to Y-DNA67 and turns out to be an exact match to Jerry, R-2 from lineage 1a.

Updates to other pages will follow in due course.
6th Nov update: Which they now have.
The more detailed DNA project pages on DNASurnames have also been updated, specifically  to include the new DNA result but also to adjust the overall derived DNA signature for Lineage 1 (I1 haplogroup).

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Not quite another Inventive Indexing entry, as in this case it is actually how the original document has Runciman spelt.
Thanks to Sandra for joining the dots to identify that Netty PAINE daughter of John RUNICIONAN  and "unknown", was actually Janet, daughter of John RUNCIMAN and Jean ANDERSON.
(The family emigrated from Berwickshire, sailing on the "Charlotte Harrison" which arrived in New York in July 1851, and settled in Ohio. They belong to the line of James RUNCIMAN & Agnes HERRIOT, lineage 2a on the One Name Study pages - LIH)