My Ancestry DNA analysis was done in April 2018 and is linked to a tree on Ancestry.com called the Wansbury Family Tree. This is only visible to Ancestry members. The results are also on GEDmatch and my resource is A388365. GEDmatch is a way of matching DNA results with others on the site, this includes results not done through Ancestry and the basic results are free.
So far the matching analysis done against other DNA tests on Ancestry has revealed links not previously known to me and confirmed several very well supported links. It has also thrown up trees for persons one would expect a match to that are not supported by the DNA matching and these may end up of being even more important to sort out information on this web site.
The comments on the results so far are grouped in families and the i.d. number of the person is given.
Jefferies/Harrington of Essex/Suffolk
The link between the English and American descendants of the Jefferies is very well supported by several American tests at 4th cousin level. There is also a 3rd cousin, descendant of Peter Button Jefferies, Heather S Jefferies, #3859 on the English Jefferies side.
At the 5th+ cousin level there are links to the family names of Button and Jefferies from Essex/Suffolk to a tree put up by Mark Gibson for C.W, daughter of Arthur George Abbs & Iris L Hargrave, not on this site as yet. This needs further work to identify the link.
Wansbury/Lane/Streatfield/Stacey of NW Kent & SE Surrey
There is a definite link to a descendant of William Wansbury & Emma Dinah Lane from Shoreham, Kent, Emma Kate Stevenson #8266, (3rd cousin). There are other trees with links to the Wansburys but their DNA tests show NO connection. Somewhere around Robert Wansbury #540 or his father William Wansbury, #2103 the link is broken. Where and why this is is not known at this stage.
In the case of the descendants of Elizabeth Wansbury, # 2105 who married Thomas Cheeseman, #2106 I suspect that a number of Cheesman lines, a very common name in the area, claiming descent from Elizabeth Wansbury are mistaken as there is no DNA link to other DNA tests also claiming to be linked to this couple. Just to make matters more complex a DNA match to Lydia Port, #8132 married to Sidney Thomas Stringer, #8120, who is a descendant of Elizabeth has shown up. Lydia had a son, Charles Port, #8133 with an unrecorded father before marrying and Jessica Connor has a match to her but also to my DNA. We are agreed that Sidney Stringer is most likely to be Charles Port's father based on these results.
In another case there is a DNA test that suggests a link to Sarah Jane Wansbury, #7790 who is said to have married George Blundell but there is NO DNA link in trees said to have this link. This may be because there are several possible candidates for Sarah and George, the Blundell family in Kent is very large.
A link to John Streatfield & Mary Gates of Sevenoaks, is from a line to Frederick John Thorogood, #8334 (5th cousin, once removed), a line I had not explored before. Also descended from this couple through their daughter Dinah Streatfield, #244 and the Lanes to Minnie Lane, #5001 is Colin Jeffrey L Ottewell, # 5180, a 5th-8th cousin.
The Stacey links older than William Stacey, # 233 who married Eleanor Streafield have been problematic, earlier there were thought to be baptisms that showed a link to the Godstone area. Researchers of the Godstone Staceys said it was not likely but a match at the 5th+ cousin level with a tree for the Parrett family from Surrey suggests there may be a link to these Staceys of Godstone of which there are many.
Smith/Todd/Bettles of South Lincolnshire
There is a strong link to a descendant of Philip Smith & Ann Todd of Market Deeping, she is descended from Philip's youngest son Stephen who emigrated to Manitoba, Canada around 1905; Sarah Allen, #8261 (3rd cousin). Another link to the Smiths is via Martha Smith, #210, my grandmother's sister. The tree linked to this result is only 4/5 persons but is from Ronald Philip Gillett, #1572, at 4th cousin level.
A more distant link is to the Bettles, John Read Bettles, # 788 is the common ancestor of my mother and Edith Bettles, #3535, who went to the USA with Charles Worthington and link to Walter Emerson Benson, #6067.
Yet another Bettles line has been confirmed to the Hartley family of Leeds who are connected by Victoria Lucy Todd, #767 to Isaac Todd, #206 and Elizabeth Bettles, #207, my g-g-grandparents.
A strong link to another family from Market Deeping and villages to the north has found NO persons in common so far and Richard Derek Ware, the person tested suggests there may be illegitimate or extra-marital reasons! This may be a reason for more apparent links not yet connected!
Davis/Galton of SE Dorset and SW Hampshire
The Canadian descendants of Susanna Pelly Anstey, #2086 and Thomas Galton, #917 are identified. The family that went to British Columbia were the Locks from Guernsey in 1912, see Agnes Mary Lock, nee Waterman, #3255 and her grand-daughter, Beverly Clark. This is significant because it established for certain that this Thomas is the earliest confirmed ancestor of our Galton lines. In addition it has opened up another ancestral line to the Ansteys which are the subject of a One-Name study and will require some more study on the ground.
The link to the Davis' of Christchurch has been revealed by a link to Lesley Davis, #8302 who has a line back to John Davis, #1445 and Sally Barns, married in Christchurch in 1795, our common ancestors. Another link to this Davis line is from Edward Henry Collington, #7449 to Lesley B Collington, #8815, a granddaughter.
There are some 150 more trees showing relationships to 5th cousin or so but I have not thoroughly explored these yet and no-one has contacted me at this stage. The 'Lost Cousins' website has a very good explanation of the use and misuse of the results of DNA matches and should be studied closely.