This Irish Genealogy site offers the Irish descendant (from New York, Canada, UK, Australia...) the chance to trace their Irish family tree and search for their surname origins and the records of their Irish ancestor's birth, marriage or death.
Kyle J. Betit is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author residing
in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kyle specializes in Irish and immigration research.
Kyle Betit is Research Director of ProGenealogists, Inc., in Salt Lake City
and the author of the Irish Genealogy Pages at
Question: Do you think it is worth the money to order
a DNA test? … I haven't been able to find where my ancestor
came from in Ireland. Joseph Harney was born about May 12,
1853, somewhere in Ireland. He had a sister Kate, born about
1851. She married John Gillin about 1876 in Cleveland Ohio …
Joseph Harney died in Cleveland on 5 December 1910.
Answer: DNA studies provide exciting opportunities
for furthering genealogical research. I think we can all
help by submitting test results to surname projects, and in
the case of Ireland there is also the Ireland Heritage
Y-DNA Project by Family Tree DNA:
However, I don't see any current surname project for the
Harney surname, and I'm not sure how helpful DNA would be at
this point for your specific goal of finding out where
Joseph Harney originated in Ireland. I think that records
research may still be your best bet for answering that
It is helpful that you have an exact birth date for Joseph
Harney, but that information must be treated very
carefully. Very often the birth date provided in American
records for an Irish immigrant is wrong. The day and
month of the year may be correct, and the year off,
for example. More reliable information is the names of
Data from records for County Roscommon, among some other 11
counties, has been placed in the Central Signposting Index
(of Irish Genealogy Limited) at
http://www.irishgenealogy.ie . You could check this
index for a possible matching birth of Joseph Harney.