The Bolling DNA Surname Study

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The Bolling DNA Surname Study

When the Bolling Family Association was formed in 1991, most members thought that they descended from a common male Bolling/Bowling/Bolin ancestor.  Most of our early genealogical efforts were focused on trying to trace the the written record of our individual ancestors back to that common ancestor. In the Spring of 2001, the BFA undertook a y-chromosome DNA study to try and define the various Bolling/Bowling/Bolin/Bouldin families and the immigrants that came to the United States. Today, this is one of the larger surname projects in the U.S. with over 250 men having been tested. Results have proven that the individuals tested do not descend from one male Bolling ancestor, but rather than from over 16 different biological families.

Thus far only two of these groups have definitively identified their immigrant ancestor, but Colonial period ancestors have been identified as certain or probable. Extensive research is continuing in an effort to learn more. The results of this study should be of interest to anyone trying to trace their Bolling family roots. By determining the DNA biological family, a member can better focus his/her research efforts by eliminating those that aren't related. More information on the results to date is available by clicking on the DNA study tab to the left. Additional information is also available from the Family Coordinators for each group who can also advise on the more recent research.


James Bolin Carroll County, Missouri 1860

I am looking for any info on James Bolin, my gg grandfather born around 1830, unsure when he died. I think he is from family group 3. I wonder if he served in the Civil War? My g grandfather (his son Sherman) was born in 1860 in Indiana. Any info on James life would be great.

John J. Bolling, b 1775, Jamestown , Group 6

Our line is in Group 6, and I am trying to find the ancestors of John J. Bolling, b 1775, Jamestown, and wife, Mary/Marthy Shepard, b 1776, Jamestown. These were the parents of Matthew Wilson Bowling, b 1819 in Virginia...and from what I can find they both died in Rutherford County, Tennessee....but I cannot find any records of that death.

If anyone has any information on this family I would very much appreciate the help.