Descendants wanted

Descendants of Abraham BIDGOOD & Joan DAWE:
I am interested in hearing from any descendants of Abraham BIDGOOD or Turner and Joan DAWE (

My particular interest, in addition to “meeting” relations, is to hear from any who may be interested enough in their ancestry to consider undertaking autosomal dna testing in the form of a FamilyFinder test from FamilyTree DNA.
A subsidy/free kit is available to a suitable candidate, where “suitable” is defined as someone who can prove their descent from Abraham and Joan (DAWE) BIDGOOD, and is in one of the older generations.
Although this is a BIDGOOD project, my interest is actually in the DAWE side, but our interests intersect at this family, and both the BIDGOOD and DAWE researchers can learn from such a test as each test adds information into the wonderful jigsaw of dna knowledge.

I’m trying to add more data to the picture of the DAWE segments of DNA on my DAWE page,
As you can see we already have a number of participants where matches have been detected between descendants of Joan’s siblings Isaac and William. Data from Joan would add to this picture.

FamilyFinder is a great DNA test when looking for relations within the last 4-6 generations max (although many have confirmed relationships detected back beyond 6 generations).
It tests the autosomal DNA (atDNA) we all inherit, randomly, from all of our ancestors.
This is unlike the specific Y-DNA tests which only males can take to learn about their direct male line only, ie father’s father’s father etc, or the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that we all hold, but is only passed on by mothers to their children and tells you only about the direct maternal line, mother’s mother’s mother etc.
Those are only two of your many lines of inheritance. What about all the rest? Which is where atDNA comes in.

Because the inheritance pattern is random as to which bits of which ancestor makes it down the generations, once you get back to say 4th cousins, there’s only a 50% chance that a specific ancestor’s dna will have survived for comparison, so it’s the luck of the draw that a match can be detected via this means in distant cousins.

These sorts of dna tests are painless (no blood involved), done in your own home, may be as private as you wish (although too private negates the reason for testing, comparison with others to mutually explore shared ancestry), and have nothing to do with forensic or medical testing. There are a useful set of Q & As on the FamilyTree DNA FAQ pages (

To order without a subsidy, simply join the DAWE dna project by following this link
Contact me for further details,
Lorna Henderson
New Zealand


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