AFHS Get Together 2008 at Horam, East Sussex

The Y-STR (paternal ancestry) DNA test can confirm your relationship to long-lost relatives and paternal ancestors. This ancestry DNA test is also often used to provide additional evidence in difficult paternity cases in which the alleged father is not available for testing—indirectly, it can tell whether or not a child is related to the alleged father's brothers and other male relatives who share a common paternal line.

he genealogy DNA test is based on the fact that the Y chromosome is passed from father to son relatively unchanged through many generations. The illustration to the right shows a typical inheritance pattern for the Y chromosome. Because the Y chromosome follows the same father-to-son pattern much like surnames in Western culture, the test has also been referred to as a "Surname Test."

Although the Y chromosome is only found in males, women can also indirectly participate in a Y-STR DNA test if they are interested in determining their paternal ancestry. They would need to ask a

This years gathering was held at Horam, Sussex on the weekend of 20-21 September 2008 Ken Toll and David Evans  giving  a most interesting talk on the use of  DNA testing for use in  Genealogy. DNA for Genealogists

The 2006 biennial meeting of the Akehurst FHS (the agenda and Chairman's report are in our Yahoo Group Files Area). The meeting was brief, with all office bearers being returned.

biological male relative, such as a father, brother, paternal uncle, or paternal grandfather to contribute a sample for comparison testing with her potential paternal relative or ancestor.In a Y-STR DNA test, specific locations on the Y chromosome are examined to generate a Y-STR profile for each male tested. Males who are related through their fathers will tend to have the same or similar Y-STR profiles, and males who are not related will likely have different Y-STR profiles

 Index of Surnames from Old Photographs The Family Photographic Index is a computer database documenting the information written on and derived from my collection of many thousands of old photographs, dating from about 1850 onwards, with some from the twentieth century, all of which have information about the sitter written on them. Most are from Britain and Ireland although there are a number from other countries

Anne gave a very interesting talk on photography. From early glass plate to the more common photos of the late 1800.  How to date the photo by the clothes the people were wearing.

Anne Metanle website:

Photographic Index By Anne Metanle

David Evans and Robyn Arkinstall

Working on trees

We are family

Four people meet and share the same great great grandparents

Morwenna and Brain checking data base

Working on the Family Trees

Sixteen members attended the Sunday session, which You can find many of them at: Family History GET STARTED


Lunch on both days was spent sitting and eating in the sun at a nearby garden cafe; Saturday's dinner was at the Horam Inn; and Sunday's dinner was at the Runt In Tun. Each provided an enjoyable opportunity to 'mingle & munch'  There was ample time to spend exploring the resources, comparing

trees, exchanging information and chatting informally.

Many  photographs were taken and David has placed one of Saturday's group photograph in the Files Area.

A most enjoyable weekend with many old acquaintances renewed and new ones made.  I am sure we have all come  away with a better understanding of how the Society works and renewed enthusiasm for pursuing our respective and collaborative researches.

Back Row: Brian Akehurst, David Evans, Robyn Arkinstall, Bill Arkinstall, Norrie Akhurst, Richard Akhurst, Judith Ahurst , Morwenna Akehurst

Front Row: Richard Akehurst, Lawrence Akehurst, Ethel Levett, Dorothy Catt, Lesley Watson Walker, Janet Akehurst, Barbara Turley, Joan Curran, Rita Hayes