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Y-DNA testing

Posted: 1318217037000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fortenberry, Faulkenberry, Falconberry, van Valkenburg
The FORTENBERRY Project with FamilyTreeDNA has connected males with Fortenberry, Faulkenberry, Falconberry surnames to a common ancestor.

The Fortenberry Project administrator Randall Fortenberry posted this on 9-8-11:

"We have now met all our goals we set when we started this project. We first proved through DNA that the Fortenberry, Faulkenberry and Falconberry Families all descend from a common ancestor. Now through latest DNA testing we have found out who that common ancestor is. His name is Lambert Van Valkenburg and came to America in 1642 or 1643 from The Netherlands. He was born about 1614 and died in NY. The main line [of those who dropped the 'van' part of the surname] evidently descends from his grandson Henrick Van Valkenburg who is listed as Henrick Falkenburg at his son Isaac's christening in 1731. They evidently left [New York] shortly after that date and are next found in VA. in 1735. They then migrated to Anson County NC in 1745."

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