Welcome to my website.
What is the likelihood of two or more people with the same surname sharing a common ancestor within 200, 500 or 1000 years? Even with parish or manorial records, there is no guarantee of finding or even confirming a genetic link to another family of the same name. I'm inviting any male with the surname Sampson or Samson who can take a Y-DNA test to build a more accurate genetic blueprint of our name and its origins. This site can now support DNA test results and mine will be processed in the next few weeks
Is my paternal line connected to the Suffolk families from Harkstead, Kersey & Playford who were also active in North Norfolk near my own family in the Tudor period, or to the Mayflower pilgrim Henry Samson from Henlow, Bedfordshire. DNA testing is the only way I can answer this question.
My DNA test results from Ancestry show an estimated mix of 57% Ireland, 24% Scandanavian, 10% Western Europe 3% Iberian Peninsula. My Mother's test will be processed in a few weeks and I hope to get other family members on board in the near future. The next step will be for me to take a yDNA test to determine the direct male line
If you have a known connection to any branch, registration is free so please take the time to register and let me know the branch to which you are connected
The database contains around 136,000 names, mainly from England, Wales and Scotland with about 10-15% duplicates.
Some data has been gained from gedcoms from World Connect and other internet sites. Acknowledgement of source will be given if missing from data. Please let me know.
Image of Charles Sampson's tailor shop in Uttoxeter courtesy of Staffordshire Past Track
10 May 2016
If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.