As always, greetings to all readers of “Daltons in History”!!

First and foremost as the festive season comes ever nearer, I wish all readers a very Happy Christmas. May you all enjoy a special and peaceful time with your families, loved ones and friends. I always think this time is particularly special for those of us who enjoy family history – it provides an opportunity to renew contact with an extended family, comprising all those who are part of that wider group that we study as part of our family history researches. The Dalton Genealogical Society embraces an enormous extended and worldwide family of all those with an interest in Dalton family history, and the Society, coupled with its officers and committee members, extends the season’s greetings to you all.

Since the last issue of “Daltons in History” was uploaded in mid-November, the DGS officers and committee have continued to be very busy working on further new developments for DGS members and for the wider community of visitors to this website.

Let me remind you about the new subscription and membership renewal pages launched last month, where you can now join the DGS from all corners of the globe and use a variety of payment methods – including PayPal, credit or debit card, bank transfer, standing order or cheque (check). For those who are UK taxpayers, you can Gift Aid your subscription, which will increase its value to the Society as a registered charity by 25%. All of this has been implemented to make it as easy as possible to join the DGS and continue to pay your subscription each year, with maximum value to you and to the Society.

Last month we also updated the page for ordering back numbers of the DGS Journal, offering significant savings on bulk orders and again offering a wide range of payment methods.

And we have now published our latest DNA Report for all participants in our project, who are members of the DGS.

The new DGS website, “Daltons in History” 2.0 (DiH2.0 for short) is now well and truly up and running. Further developments are in hand and there is more about this below.

And, following a visit to Norfolk by four committee members last month, we now announce the details of the 2014 DGS Gathering, being held in Norfolk, England on Fri/Sat/Sun 12/13/14 September.

Much more about all these things below, together with the usual updates on the Society, its events, its publications and its projects. Please read on!

Changing faces on the DGS Committee

Pamela Lynam, who has been an officer of the Society for 20 years, has announced that she wishes to retire from her position as DGS General Secretary and Membership Secretary at the next AGM of the Society in September 2014. Pam was appointed as the Society’s Minutes Secretary in 1993 and took over from the late Lucy Slater as Executive Secretary in 2000. When David Kirkley resigned as Membership Secretary in 2004, Pam took on his role as well, and has held both responsibilities since then. Many thanks are due to Pam for her service to the DGS over so many years. It is Pam’s wish to remain as a member of the committee and we will welcome her continued active involvement in that capacity. Following discussions, Howard Dalton, our present Treasurer, has agreed to take over the maintenance and updating of the membership database, a task that we feel can be performed more efficiently by the Treasurer. Mike F Dalton, currently a DGS committee member and organiser for the 2014 Gathering in Norfolk, has offered to become the Society’s Secretary, and he and I will work closely together on the future development of the Society. Howard and Mike will both work closely with Pam between now and the 2014 AGM to ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities. The appointment of Mike as DGS Secretary will be formalised at the AGM.

As a UK registered charity, the Society has to appoint trustees who are responsible for ensuring that the charitable objectives of the Society, as set out in our constitution, are fulfilled. The constitution makes provision for the appointment, by the committee from amongst its members, of not less than three and not more than six trustees. The committee has recently reviewed this and determined that there shall be five trustees. The five committee members appointed as trustees are myself as Chairman, with Sir Geoffrey Dalton, Howard J Dalton, John Dalton and Pamela Lynam.

The 2014 DGS Gathering, Norfolk, England

For 2014 the DGS Annual Gathering will be held at The Park Farm Hotel at Hethersett, near Norwich in Norfolk, England. Norfolk is still a very unspoilt part of England with its rolling landscape, its Saxon and Norman churches, its Roman and medieval castles, its thatched cottages and pubs and a plethora of small country roads to explore. It is also very accessible to visitors from both the UK and overseas.

The Gathering will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 13, 14, 15 September 2014. It will showcase what the DGS offers to members and it will provide a forum where everyone with an interest in Dalton family history will be welcome to join us for the weekend. There will be a programme of short talks and visits over the weekend which, we hope, has relevance to Daltons from many different backgrounds and will also include some sessions about Dalton family history relevant to Norfolk. On the Friday afternoon we will hold the 2014 Annual General Meeting.

Full details of the Gathering arrangements, an outline programme and information about registering as a delegate to attend the weekend will be found in a separate section of this issue of “Daltons in History” below. These details will be carried in the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website during the coming months, and all DGS members will also receive them as a separate booklet enclosed with Volume 59 of the DGS Journal for December 2013, due to be published and despatched in early January.

I am most grateful to DGS Committee Member Mike F Dalton, who lives in Norfolk, for his work to date as 2014 Gathering Organiser.

“Daltons in History” 2.0 (DiH2.0 for short)

Our new website, “Daltons in History” or DiH2.0 for short, has been launched to DGS members over the past couple of months. It has both an unrestricted presence available to all, and sections for DGS members only. It also includes enhanced use of social media – Facebook, Twitter etc. DiH2.0 has now been rolled out to nearly all of the DGS membership worldwide. Registration details, usernames and passwords have been issued to paid up members for whom we have an up to date email address registered with the Society. This enables members to access the restricted areas of the site, and enjoy the substantial benefits that the new site brings. Any DGS member who has not received an email notification of their username and password should email their local secretary with a request to be registered for DiH2.0.

Alongside this exciting new development, the main DGS website at, the Dalton Data Bank (, the Dalton Forum ( and the other North American DGS websites (accessed via all continue, and remain with open access for all. Each month we will continue to bring you “Daltons in History” on the main DGS website, in a format which is changing and will evolve over the next few months. It will continue to include my Chairman’s Notes, together with other news items and articles, some taken from DiH2.0 and made available in the public domain. We are still having discussions about some of the details of this, and about DiH2.0 itself, and we want to be as responsive as possible to our membership. Therefore all members are invited to make observations and comments about the new website and contribute to its success. We want the new site to serve all DGS members as well as it possibly can, and we also want to encourage more of those with an interest in Dalton family history to join the Society, and take advantage of what will be an ever growing and ever more valuable resource.

Future DGS events

Mention has already been made above of the 2014 Gathering and AGM taking place in Norfolk, England over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 12/13/14 September.

We hope to return to the United States and visit Virginia in 2015. It has also been proposed that we return to South Wales, UK in 2016.

The DGS committee is actively taking these plans forward and we will be making further more detailed announcements during 2014 about locations and dates. So watch this space!

We like to plan ahead and explore other options for our annual gathering events, so if you have any particular thoughts about where you might like to meet, or a particular Dalton theme you think we should incorporate, we really do want to hear from you with your ideas.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

Our DNA project continues to attract considerable interest with a regular stream of enquiries about joining being received by myself and Karen Dalton Preston as administrators of the project. The latest report has now been published and made available to all project participants that are paid up members of the DGS in the members only area of our new DiH2.0 website.

A small sub-committee of the main DGS committee has been established to oversee the future development of DIDP, and this month’s issue of “Daltons in History” includes a separate section below, which gives a full update on the scope of the new report and the plans for the project in 2014.

The DGS Journal

Volume 59 of the DGS Journal for December 2013 is due to be printed and distributed to members in early January. As always this issue of our award winning Journal will contain much of interest. If you are not a DGS member, please consider joining the Society. This will entitle you to receive the Journal regularly, and much more. Full details are in the recently updated “Join the DGS” section of this website, or just click here.

John Dalton, our Editor, always welcomes articles and other items for publication in the Journal, and material for publication should be sent to him as early as possible. This will enable him to plan the content of future issues. John is happy to advise and assist contributors and, if you have any questions or need help, please contact him by email at

Back issues of all DGS Journals are available. These can be purchased individually, or in collections at attractive prices. Binders are also available. Full details will be found on the recently updated pages for the "DGS Journal Index" section of this website, or just click here.

You will also find a full synopsis of the contents of the Journal of the Dalton Genealogical Society commencing with Volume 1 published back in 1970 through to Volume 41 published in December 2004. Lists of contents are given for Volumes 42 to 58 and the full synopses will be uploaded in due course.

We are most grateful to DGS member Mrs Pat Robinson, who holds stocks of back numbers for the Society and arranges for their distribution in response to requests from the local secretaries (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email:


Enjoy this issue of "Daltons in History", your regular update on everything that is happening in the world of Dalton family history. We will be back again in mid-January.

Thank you for your attention and please do send your articles, notes and snippets of information for publication in “Daltons in History” to me (email:

Yours very sincerely

Michael Neale Dalton
Chairman and Honorary Life President of the Dalton Genealogical Society

Karen Dalton Preston, DGS North American Secretary writes:

Here it is December already and our thoughts are turning to preparing for the Christmas festivities. Family get togethers with the extended family are a wonderful opportunity to ask relatives about the family tree. I wish I had done more of this when my grandparents were still living. I know there were probably many stories of their early life that are lost now. So, capture these family stories while there is still time!

DGS Gift Membership Sample Certificate

As a reminder, the perfect gift for the Dalton genealogist on your gift list is a DGS Gift Membership. Your gift will be accompanied by a lovely certificate, in PDF format, which you you can print for gift-giving, or email it to the recipient to announce your gift. Why not combine the gift of membership with a DNA test kit from Family Tree DNA?

Once again, FamilyTree DNA, our testing service for the Dalton Int'l DNA Project, is offering special sale prices through December 31st. There is more information of the Family Tree DNA web site at -

To order a gift membership, please contact me at, and provide the name, address and email for the individual.


I would like to introduce members to the WebTrees area of the members-only web site. We now have a safe and secure way to share your Dalton family tree with other members. WebTrees can be found on the D in H 2.0 web site under the "Private: Dalton Family Trees" tab in the menu on the left side of the screen. Access is provided with the same username and password that you use for D in H 2.0.

Once you are on the Family Trees page, you'll find a Help & Frequently Asked Questions section and a "go to Trees Site" link. The "Help" section will give you a short overview of the capabilities of WebTrees and some tips for logging-on and navigating the site.

This provides an area where members can post their family tree. Other members can view your tree, but only the owner of the tree can make changes or add information.

This is a wonderful way to share your Dalton research with other members, and collaborate with those who are researching the same Dalton family lines.

We already have several trees that can be viewed on the site. Most recently, our new member Robert L. Dalton in Missouri has posted his complete family tree with over 4,400 individuals, going back to Michael Dalton of Cambridge, England, born about 1564. Robert's tree also includes images of many family photos documents that relate to his tree.

To add your family tree, please contact the webmaster, using the link on the WebTrees site. You will need to have your tree in GEDCOM format, along with image files for any documents, such obituaries or marriage certificates, which can be linked to the individuals in your tree. Please contact the webmaster using the link on the WebTrees site.

New Members:

Please join me in welcoming the following new members to the DGS:

Jeff Dalton, Reston, VA
- Jeff's Dalton ancestry goes back to George Dalton, born in England in 1753, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War

Robert and Barbara Dalton, Union, MO
- Robert is descended from Daltons in Yorkshire and Cambridge. Members can view his full family tree on the D in H 2.0 web site. Their son Kerry has joined the Dalton Int'l DNA Project (DIDP), so we'll soon have some further info about their Dalton ancestry.

In closing, I would like to wish all our members and readers a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with new genealogical discoveries!

Karen Dalton Preston
North American Secretary

Mike F Dalton, DGS Committee Member and 2014 Gathering Organiser, introduces the arrangements for this event, taking place in Norfolk in September next year. This follows the planning meeting he held in Norfolk with Michael Neale Dalton, DGS Chairman, Pam Lynam, DGS Secretary and Maureen Collins, DGS Australian Secretary, in November 2013, when the more detailed arrangements for the weekend were discussed and agreed.

For 2014 the DGS Annual Gathering will be held at The Park Farm Hotel at Hethersett, near Norwich in Norfolk, a county of England which has seen many invasions over the centuries, Romans, Angles, Jutes, Saxons, Vikings and Normans so a few Daltons won’t trouble the locals who are a very friendly bunch! Although part of modern Britain, Norfolk is still very much Old England. A rolling landscape which has Saxon and Norman churches, Roman and medieval castles, thatched cottages and pubs and a plethora of small country roads to explore.

The international airports of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are all within easy travelling distance and, if you wish to explore further afield the port of Harwich will give you access to The Netherlands, Germany and beyond after a relaxing 8 hour cruise across the North Sea; or a 2 hour drive to the Channel Tunnel will put you on a car-train which can whisk you to France in 35 minutes. The North of England and Scotland are only a few hours away by car, train or plane. Cambridge is nearby and London, with the National Public Records Office at Kew and many other attractions, is only a couple of hours away by road or rail.

The Gathering will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12/13/14 September 2014. It will showcase what the DGS offers to members and it will provide a forum where we can not only enjoy the company of those we will be seeing again, but also welcome new attendees and learn about their roots.

A programme of short talks and visits has been put together which we hope will have a relevance to Daltons of many different backgrounds, but with a flavouring of the Dalton history relevant to Norfolk. On Saturday afternoon there will be workshop sessions held by each speaker at the Gathering who will be available to handle any queries you may have, and also to assist you with advice relevant to your research. Also available for examination will be every DGS Journal since Volume 1 published in 1970, and a considerable amount of research material and resources from the DGS collection together with an adviser to guide you.

The talks given will be on a wide range of subjects, reflecting the scope of the Society with members in so many countries. The local theme will be highlighted by talks on the Norfolk Daltons and the Daltons of East Anglia. There will be a review of the history of Daltons in Ireland and news on the development of the Dalton Family Relational Database, as well as an update on the new Daltons in History 2.0 (DiH2.0) website. Many of us have taken part in the Dalton International DNA Project and one of our talks will be on using advanced DNA results to further our knowledge and researches. English and American Dalton families will not be forgotten with an overview of these, summaries of progress to date and views on where to take research next.

On the Friday the DGS Annual General Meeting will take place. This is open to all DGS members and others attending the Gathering weekend.

Many of you may want to extend your stay in this part of Old England and just some of Norfolk’s many attractions are:

Grimes Graves Neolithic flint quarry

Iron Age villages

Roman Fort

Medieval castles

Saxon and Norman churches

The Norfolk Broads

Thatched houses

Thatched pubs!

Stately houses

Abraham Lincoln’s family roots in Hingham

Muckleburgh military vehicle collection

Airfields of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

Duxford Air Museum (Cambridgeshire)

The only whisky distillery in England

Wonderful seaside towns and ports

The biggest toyshop in Britain


Snetterton motor racing circuit

Wymondham historic railway station
(still in use!)

Miles of seaside beaches
(as seen in the film “Shakespeare in Love”)

All of these opportunities are available close by and if you require further details on anything that is of particular interest to you, all you have to do is ask. Email me at

My wife Kate and I look forward to seeing you in September 2014. You will be very welcome, and if you have not already done so, why not bring a copy of your family tree for inclusion in the members area of the Daltons in History 2.0 website? Our members are very knowledgeable and the interchange of experience and information, as well as making new contacts, will be a key part of the weekend. The formal and informal social parts of the weekend are ideal opportunities to expand your knowledge.

We are anticipating a very good response for the Gathering so please book early if you intend to stay in the lovely family run hotel we have carefully chosen for the venue. There are, of course, other hotels and B&Bs in the neighbourhood if you cannot firm up your plans until later.

If we can be of any assistance or if you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at

Best regards

Mike F Dalton

For details of the planned programme and how to register as a delegate, please read on!


For 2014, the DGS Annual Gathering is being held in Norfolk and will be based at the Park Farm Hotel, at Hethersett, near Norwich. This event will take place from Friday 12th to Monday 15th September 2014.

The Dalton Genealogical Society extends an invitation to all DGS members and their families to attend the 2014 Gathering of the Society in Norfolk, England from Friday 12th to Monday 15th September. All will be welcome to join us.

The weekend will include the opportunity to visit a number of interesting places local to Norwich, some with Dalton connections, together with talks about Dalton family history and, of course, the opportunity to meet and chat with fellow members. The DGS Annual Dinner will take place on the Saturday evening.

Full details of the programme for the weekend, costs and booking arrangements will be found below. If you require any further information or have any queries, please contact:

either of whom will be pleased to assist.

A note about the Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett, near Norwich, Norfolk

The venue for the Gathering is the Park Farm Hotel. This hotel is set amidst beautiful landscaped gardens in 200 acres of farmland and offers a haven for both business and pleasure. It is a family owned independent hotel where the staff offer friendly efficient service in lovely surroundings. A speciality of the hotel is the hosting of events and it is well equipped to provide everything that the DGS will need for our meetings and conference, and also for the Annual Dinner. Further details about the hotel can be found on their website. Just click here.

Maureen, Pam, Michael and Mike meet
at Park Farm Hotel, Heathersett
The Conservatory at Park Farm Hotel

Annual Gathering for 2014
Friday 12th to Monday 15th September 2014
Hethersett, near Norwich, Norfolk, England


Friday 12th September 2014

from 12 noon

Check in at the Park Farm Hotel and register at the DGS desk in reception. Light lunches can be taken at the Hotel.


In the afternoon the Annual General Meeting of the Dalton Genealogical Society will be held in the Ellingham Suite at the Hotel. Tea and biscuits will be served at 3.45 pm and the meeting will commence at 4.00 pm.


Drinks reception in the Ellingham Suite followed by an informal buffet supper and the opportunity to meet other delegates and look at Dalton family history displays.

Saturday 13th September 2014


A conference will be held in the Melton Suite – outline programme as follows:

  •  Welcome & introduction
  •  Norfolk Daltons
  •  Using advanced DNA tools for further research
  •  Irish Dalton History

Break for coffee or tea and biscuits

  •  Daltons of East Anglia
  •  12th C. Walter Dalton’s world
  •  English & American Daltons Overview

Buffet lunch served in the Keswick Suite.


Workshop sessions or free to explore the surrounding area. Suggestions will be made for places to visit.


Drinks reception and the DGS Annual Dinner in the Ellingham Suite at the Hotel, followed by entertainment.

Sunday 14th September 2014


We will visit Norwich. Time will be available for exploring the city centre and/or attending a service in Norwich Cathedral. At 12 noon there will be a tour of the Cathedral including the opportunity to see the tombstone of Thomas Dalton d 1727. This will be followed by a light lunch.


We will visit the Norfolk Family History Society at Kirby Hall, their Norwich meeting centre and library.

Return to the hotel to ready yourself for the evening.


We will go to the nearby village of Spooner Row for an informal supper at the much acclaimed Three Boars Inn in a private room. Described as “one of the most welcoming restaurants in Norfolk”, the Three Boars promises to provide us with excellent food in convivial surroundings.

Monday 15th September 2014


The conclusion of the DGS Gathering. Check out from your accommodation. Arrangements can be made for those who wish to stay over.


Mike, Pam and Maureen meet Edmund Perry at Kirby Hall,
the Norwich home of the Norfolk Family History Society
Norwich Cathedral
with its magnificent spire and cloisters
The Three Boars, Spooner Row,
venue for the Sunday evening
A quaint English pub sign
depicting the three boars!


The form is given below and may be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat (registrationform.pdf) or Word (registrationform.doc) document for printing, completion and return as per the accompanying notes.


The Registration Form follows. Please note the points below:

You are asked to make your own reservation at The Park Farm Hotel, with a deposit of £75 per room by credit card. The easiest way to do this will by telephone (+44 (0)1603 810264) or email ( When you book, be sure to mention that you are attending the Dalton Genealogical Society Gathering in order to obtain your room at the specially negotiated rates for our block booking. Up to 12th August 2014 your deposit will be returned in full if you have to cancel your hotel reservation for any reason. Thereafter the deposit will be non-returnable.

It is important to make your accommodation requirements absolutely clear – number of nights and type of room.

The Society has already made certain commitments in order to be able to offer the programme for the weekend. We need to know numbers attending as early as we can in order to finalise the arrangements for the various events and visits during the weekend. If you wish to attend, it would therefore be extremely helpful if you are able to return your registration form and deposit before 30th April 2014.

We will endeavour to maintain availability of hotel accommodation for as long as we can, but it is unlikely that we will be able to take any more bookings after the end of June 2014.

We will keep you informed about take up and availability of rooms on the DGS website at Just follow the link to Forthcoming Gatherings and click on the 2014 DGS Gathering. The website will also carry further information about Norfolk, about the speakers who will address us and about the places we will be visiting during the weekend. We will also feature articles about Norfolk Daltons and their family history.

You are asked to pay in advance a deposit of £75 sterling per person towards the cost of the Saturday morning conference and buffet lunch, the Saturday evening dinner, the Sunday tour and the Sunday evening dinner. This payment should be made to DGS UK PayPal Account either via PayPal or using a credit card. Press the button here:

As soon as final costings are available for the various elements of the programme, you will be advised of these and asked to confirm the elements in which you wish to participate. The balance due will be payable in sterling when you are in Norfolk.

The Society will return deposits to delegates who subsequently are unable to attend, subject to the deduction of any unrecoverable costs incurred.

If you wish to extend your stay either before or after the three nights (Fri/Sat/Sun), please make your requirements clear to the Park Farm Hotel and they will reserve the extra nights for you, subject to availability of rooms.

Prices for accommodation are as follows:

The Park Farm Hotel – 3 night package (Fri/Sat/Sun)

£295 for bed & breakfast for 2 people in a double/twin room
£265 for bed & breakfast for 1 person in a single room
One additional night (Thu) £90 double/twin, £80 single
Stays of less than 3 nights and further additional nights – prices on application.

If you prefer to take alternative accommodation there are a number of other possible options locally. Please indicate this on the registration form and we will assist if we can. It is also possible for those who live locally to join the weekend as day delegates.

Indicative prices for events and visits are as follows:

Reception & Buffet Supper on Friday evening

£30 per person

Conference and Buffet Lunch on Saturday

£25 per person

Reception & DGS Annual Dinner on Saturday (3 courses excl. drinks)

£40 per person

Sunday tour of Norwich Cathedral

£10 per person

Dinner on Sunday evening (excl. drinks)

£25 per person

Subject to demand, we may arrange transport by coach on Sunday. The indicative prices exclude an allowance for this. As soon as final details and costings are known, they will be advised to all those who have made reservations, and they will be published on the DGS website.

Notes for overseas members:

DGS members in Ireland, Europe, the United States and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, or anywhere else outside the UK, should remit the deposit of £75 per person as a sterling payment into the DGS UK PayPal account, either from your own PayPal account, or using a credit card. Press the button here:

Please also advise your local secretary (Karen Dalton Preston, Maureen Collins or Bernie Walsh) of your booking, in addition to returning your registration form with all the details to Mike F Dalton at the UK address on the form.



Name .....................................................................................................................................

Address .................................................................................................................................


Tel No ................................................... Email ......................................................................

I/we will attend the Gathering from Friday 12th to Monday 15th September 2014.

Please give the names of additional members of your party and indicate clearly the rooms that you are booking (double, twin or single), together with the nights that you plan to stay at the Park Farm Hotel. Alternatively please indicate that you plan to stay elsewhere or to attend as a day delegate.




Please remember it is your responsibility to reserve your accommodation at the Park Farm Hotel – see notes above for details of this. A deposit of £75 per room has to be paid for your accommodation. This will need to be paid by credit card.

Please indicate any special requirements:-



**** please now turn over and fill in form overleaf and sign declaration ****

Additional elements of the weekend programme:

Please fill in to indicate your expected participation in the following events and the numbers in your party:



Estimated Cost per head £

Tick to indicate participation

No in party

Friday 12th Sep

Reception & Buffet Supper




Saturday 13th Sep

Conference including
coffee & biscuits
and buffet lunch




Saturday 13th Sep

Reception & DGS Annual Dinner




Sunday 14th Sep

Tour of Norwich Cathedral




Sunday 14th Sep

Dinner at the Three Boars,
Spooner Row




TOTAL DEPOSIT FOR EVENTS @ £75.00 per person



I have read the enclosed details and ticked the boxes as requested, and I have made arrangements for the payment to be sent via PayPal. Alternatively, I enclose my cheque for the total indicated above and made payable to ‘Dalton Genealogical Society’.

I understand the terms outlined above relating to the return of deposit monies paid to the Society.

In the event of any changes to my booking or cancellation, I undertake to notify the DGS 2014 Gathering Organiser, Mike F Dalton, at the earliest opportunity.


Signed:  ............................................................................ Date:     ............................................................................

Please return this registration form, completed and signed, to:

Mike F Dalton, The Old Croft, River Lane, Southburgh, Thetford, Norfolk IP25 7TH, UK

The Chairman’s Notes in this issue of “Daltons in History” refer to the recent publication of the latest DNA Project Progress Report. Here we reproduce the foreword to this report, written by the project administrators Michael Neale Dalton and Karen Dalton Preston, and this provides an update on the current status of the project. All DGS members registered to access our new members only website, Daltons in History 2.0 will find the full report posted there.

The second part of this update repeats the details of the Family Tree DNA Sale, which commenced last month and runs through to 31 December 2013. The sale is an ideal opportunity for new project participants to join, and for existing participants to upgrade their tests at very advantageous prices.

DIDP has reached an exciting stage in its development and we look forward to taking further significant steps with the project during 2014.

Foreword to the Dalton International DNA Project Progress Report and Analysis published in November 2013

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP), was officially launched in May 2003, and continues to develop and expand. Ours was one of the early projects to be established, and as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of Dalton DNA testing we now have 181 participants and remain at the forefront of this new genealogical science. The tenth anniversary of the project is a fitting time to take stock of what we have achieved in the last decade, and to think ahead about how we want to take the project forward.

With this in mind, we are taking this opportunity to re-define DIDP, and to put the focus back onto genealogical research, the means for documenting our links together. To mark this shift, we have revised the structure of our reporting, and this is reflected in the layout of this report.

DNA tests remain a crucial tool within our genealogical research activities, simply because the test results are the only effective means of telling us precisely to which Daltons we are each most closely related. Instead of relying on a potentially inaccurate geographical connection, or a family story, the DNA results pinpoint exactly which Daltons we should be working with in order to research and document the Dalton family tree that we share together.

Changes have been introduced in this edition of the project report, which has two major sections. The first details those project members who have origins in the UK or Ireland as defined by their genealogy or through genetic association; and the second shows those members who do not yet have an identified connection to the UK or Ireland. The significance of this distinction is explained in the write ups for each Family Group in the report.

DIDP is run by Michael Neale Dalton and Karen Dalton Preston working with other Family Group coordinators, on behalf of the Dalton Genealogical Society. Michael and Karen are also the administrators for our DNA testing programme, which is hosted at Family Tree DNA.

We are assisted by Chris Pomery who has been chartered to analyse our results and advise us how to develop the project. Chris established a DNA project for his own Pomeroy family back in 2000, has published two books on DNA and family history, and regularly lectures on the subject.

Our project is being moved forward by the coordinators for the four major Family Groups identified through our DNA results:

  •  Melanie Crain manages the largest Family Group in our project, the "Virginia Daltons" (Genetic Family A);
  •  Michael (Mike) Francis Dalton coordinates the research for the "Eirann Daltons" (Genetic Family B)
  •  Michael Neale Dalton heads the "Carmarthenshire Daltons" (Genetic Family C); and
  •  Karen Dalton Preston manages the "Golden Vale Daltons” (Genetic Family D).

Michael, Karen, Melanie and Mike are the members of the DGS DIDP sub-committee, which reports to the main DGS committee and retains Chris as its consultant.

Our project also includes several smaller Genetic Families, some with coordinators and others still in need of one. If you are a member of one of the groups without a coordinator, we would welcome your help.

We would like to thank all of those who have come forward to be tested. It is your participation that helps our project to continue to grow, and with your help we hope to identify the ancient origins of all our Dalton ancestors.

Michael Neale Dalton and Karen Dalton Preston

The Family Tree DNA Sale

Family Tree DNA, who provide the testing service for the Dalton International DNA Project have announced a holiday sale which is running through until 31 December 2013. Details are as follows:

Holiday Sale

The Family Tree DNA holiday sale has begun and is running through until 31 December. This sale includes new orders, upgrades and 23andMe/AncestryDNA transfers:

Y-DNA tests for new orders

  •  Y-37   for $119 (reg. $169)
  •  Y-67   for $189 (reg. $268)
  •  Y-111 for $289 (reg. $359)

Family Finder tests and Autosomal transfer

  •  Family Finder for $99
  •  Family Finder + Y-37   for $218 (reg. $268) (includes a free $100 gift certificate)
  •  Family Finder + Y-67   for $288 (reg. $367) (includes a free $100 gift certificate)
  •  Autosomal DNA Transfer for $49 (reg. $69)

Y-DNA test upgrades

  •  Y-Refine 12 to 37 for $69 (reg. $109)
  •  Y-Refine 12 to 67 for $148 (reg. $319)
  •  Y-Refine 25 to 37 for $35 (reg. $59)
  •  Y-Refine 25 to 67 for $114 (reg. $59)
  •  Y-Refine 37 to 67 for $79 (reg. $109)
  •  Y-Refine 37 to 111 for $188 (reg. $220)
  •  Y-Refine 67 to 111 for $109 (reg. $129)

If you wish to join the Dalton International DNA Project, go to our project page on the Family Tree DNA web site at:

If you are a Dalton male with descent in the male line from Daltons, we recommend that you take the 37 marker Y-DNA test, now priced at $119.

If you are an existing participant in the Dalton International DNA Project, go to your personal homepage on the Family Tree DNA website, where you will be able to order your upgrade at the special prices quoted above. We particularly recommend that all participants who have only taken 12 or 25 marker tests previously upgrade to 37 markers (the costs are only $69 or $35 respectively).

You might wish to consider a Family Finder test, an upgrade to 67 or 111 markers on your Y-DNA test, or a transfer of your results from 23 and Me or Ancestry DNA into our project at Family Tree DNA. Advice and guidance on all these various options can be found on the Family Tree DNA website. If you are not sure, or you need assistance with this, do please contact either Michael Neale Dalton ( or Karen Dalton Preston (, the joint administrators of the Dalton International DNA Project. We will be pleased to help you and the earlier you can contact us, the easier it will be for us to have time to do this. Do not leave it until the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, if you want to be certain of placing your order by the 31 December deadline, and thus take advantage of the sale prices.

This is something that has recently arrived in the Chairman’s email inbox from the Federation of Family History Societies:

Beryl Evans, FFHS Archives Liaison Officer writes about a new and valuable research tool:

A unique digital archive “The Welsh Experience of the First World War” ( has been launched. It has been developed as a collaborative initiative led by The National Library of Wales, in partnership with the Archives and Special Collections of Wales (partners are Aberystwyth University; Bangor University, Cardiff University; Swansea University; the University of Wales Trinity St David; BBC Cymru Wales, The People’s Collection, Wales, and archives and local records offices that are part of ARCW: the Archives and Records Council of Wales).

The project was funded by a £500,000 grant from the Jisc e-Content programme as part of their work in support of education and research, and through support from the partner organisations.

Do visit– just enter “Dalton” in the search engine, and you will find hundreds of Dalton references in newspapers, archives and journals published during the First World War. This is a superb resource for anyone with Welsh ancestry and I know that there are many projects across the UK which have been set up to coincide with the centenary of the War.

The minutes of the 2013 AGM held in Dublin back in July were published in the October issue of "Daltons in History". At the time it was not possible to publish the Society's accounts for 2012. Our new Treasurer has now completed these accounts and they are reproduced below.