|So far, the RASEY Surname Project has results returned
for four members representing two major progenitors in the United States:
RAZEE I of Massachusetts, then Rhode Island and Joseph
RASEY I of Massachusetts, then New Hampshire. Testing just these
four individuals has resolved two long-standing issues for RASEY/RAZEE/etc.
1. Although both progenitors turn out to be Haplogroup_I2-M223,
their STR haplotypes and their differing results testing SNPs downstream
of M223 indicate they are not closely related, totally debunking the assertion
that Joseph RAZEE I was the father of Joseph RASEY I.
2. The results for the descendants of Joseph RASEY I debunk the
legend of a connection to Malcolm
MacLEOD of the Isle of Raasay, Scotland, whose kin are Haplogroup R1b.
Being in different haplogroups means they cannot possibly have shared a
common ancestor for tens of thousands of years.
|Haplogroup I is found almost exclusively in Europe where
it is represented in about 20% of the population, making it the second
most common haplogroup in western Europe, after R1b. Overall, Hg
I has a broad European distribution, from the British Isles east to the
Ural Mountains of Russia and south to Anatolia and the Mediterranean Sea.
Hg I is divided into two main groups: I1 and I2, with the former
being more common than the latter.
|It's difficult to generalize about I2 because it contains
a number of geographically separate subgroups. The two basic divisions
of I2 are I2a and I2b. The main subgroup of I2a is concentrated in
the Balkans and is called "Dinaric" (named for a mountain range there,
the Dinaric Alps), while another subgroup of I2a is found around the Baltic
and North Sea coastal areas, another in the British Isles, and another
in Sardinia and Iberia. One subgroup of I2b, called "Isles," is almost
exclusive to the British Isles, with a high concentration in Scotland,
while the subgroup of I2b, dubbed "Continental," is most common in northwestern
Europe, southern Scandinavia, and Britain. Our members turn out to
be clusters of I2b1 designated "Continental." I2b1
is believed to have originated in western France and to have spread from
there northwards into Scandinavia and eastwards to the Black Sea.
|If you are interested in your deep ancestry, as evidenced
by your haplogroup subclade, I would recommend being deep SNP tested, joining
project, and subscribing to the Y-DNA-Haplogroup-I
So far, we have four project members representing two separate
|Legend of Known
/ RASEY / RAZEY (b. ca. 1530s), of Wiltshire, England
RAZEE I (1686-1755), Bristol Co., MA > Providence Co., RI
RASEY I (c1734-1810), Worcester Co., MA > Cheshire Co., NH
RASEY (b. ca. 1768), of Isle La Motte, VT, through his only known son,
RASEY / RACEY / RACY (1792-1883) of Franklin Co., NY
This Joseph RASEY is probably a son of Joseph RASEY I (above),
but we need proof.
RACEY of Norfolk, England, whose grandson, Luke
immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1773, then settled in Hampshire Co.,
VA [now WV]