This page provides information on the families of Ferdy J.L. Doreleyers, originally from The Netherlands and Marion E. Russell, whose grandparents on both sides of the family originate from England.
The two main family names in Ferdy's background are Doreleijers and Van Berne. We know that there are other Doreleijers or Doreleyers branches in The Netherlands, in Canada, in the U.S.A., and throughout Europe, but we have not been able to make all the connections. We have no knowledge of any Van Berne's outside of The Netherlands (or Verberne earlier). Both sides of the family are tracable back to the early 1600's.
Doreleijers family research was carried out by Willie Doreleijers of Oisterwijk, The Netherlands; by Chris Doreleijers of Schijndel, The Netherlands; and by Hans Doreleijers, of Brockville, Canada. Hans also did all of the research on the Van Berne family. Ferdy is now concentrating on y-DNA ancestry research, based on the Genographic Project, the Family Tree DNA Project, and ySearch. Links are provided below.
The main family names in Marion's background are Russell and Spry. We only have limited information available on both, mostly from private records and oral history. We hope to do some DNA testing on the Russell's and the Spry's as well.
y-DNA testing is the latest in Genaeology, not only to trace deep ancestry, but also to find common ancestry with people who have different surnames. Surnames have a tendency to change over time and before the year 1600, surnames were rare. So unless foolproof documentation exists, tracing deep ancestry can really be done only through DNA. I have submitted my DNA and have been able to trace my ancestry from the one male who lived in Africa about 60,000 years ago and who is the forefather of all living males today, to about 10,000 years ago. At that time, our ancestors lived around the Mediterranean, the seat of modern civilization. Of course, from that time forward to about the year 1650 AD represents a major gap that we're trying to fill.
I have been able to learn about others with matching DNA, people with different surnames. Their earliest known ancestry, like mine, is along a path from the Middle East to North-Western Europe. I have plotted the few I know about so far, however, I'm not able to include that map on this site.