The families come from the low agricultural lands to the north-west of the Chiltern Hills and were mainly farm laboureres, straw dealers & plaiters. The influence of the Non-Conformist Churches were strong and some emigrated to Utah after missionaries from of the Church of Latter-Day Saints from the USA, visited in the 1850's. Others moved into the towns of Dunstable and Luton for manufacturing work.
DNA matches to the families that moved to Utah are numerous and some have not yet been resolved except that the cross matches to a group of persons sharing common ancestors confirm the connection. The first of note are the descendants of Frederick Bird, 1810-1857 of Eaton Bray. Around 1840 he and his wife Mary Ann Fenn, 1816-1864 were greatly influenced by missionaries of the Church of Latter-Day Saints from the USA. On Frederick's death in Eaton Bray, Mary Ann took her 7 children to the US arriving on the 16th June 1856. There is an account of this journey on the L.D.S web site as a synopsis of the 'Fourth Hand Cart Company' trip.
So far 7 matches to persons who have Common ancestor links to Frederick's descendants are known but only one is on the Bird descendant chart.
Revised Apr 2021.