Ancient Origins

DNA studies have shown that people shared a common ancestor who lived in Africa between 50,000 to 200,000 years ago. As our ancestors migrated out of Africa into the rest of the world, small changes called mutations occurred in their DNA. As generations passed, each mutation links our ancestor to a specific time and place in history. The mutations that we find in our own DNA tell the story of our own ancestral past.

Since Paternal DNA test results are the same for the direct paternal line, and  I have had my DNA test completed, we know that our original American ancestor,  Jacob Presnell (died 1716) belonged to the DNA Haplogroup I1,  “the Stonemasons.”


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DNA Genealogy

This map shows the likely migration pathways of our ancient ancestors, the StoneMasons (haplogroup I1).  Our ancestors may have crafted tools and ornaments from stone, and probably lived in present day Scandinavia. 


The StoneMasons haplogroup  I is about 30,000 years old.   Haplogroup I1 participated in a coastal migration about 10,000 years ago during the Holocene epoch.  The I1 StoneMasons primarily occupied Norway, Sweden and Denmark, as well as parts of Finland settled by the Laplanders.

Presnell Family History

From England to the New World

         Over 300 Years in America

Click above to Read my more detailed DNA results.