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UPDATED 2016.08.27

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Now that my hair has turned to silver, and some silver to white, I have more time to do some things.

In a bit of good fortune I live now within a 90 minute drive of where John Golding (b.1635-1640) lived at Gloucester, Virginia and just one hour from where William Golding (1704-1782) lived at Orange in Orange County, Virginia before moving much of his family to South Carolina.

My family research started in the late 1970s but I quit in the late 1990s due to hitting a brick wall on identifying my grandfather Green Golden. Due to new tools, databases and much more information being available,  I renewed my family research as of April 2013 and have been ever so glad that I did.

I very much look forward to exchanging notes, thoughts,  and ideas on Goldings, Goldens, Gouldings (G-Folk) of all origins.

William David Golden

1956 until the coffee runs out


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Our Goldens are Wettin Germans (Saxons)

DNA Testing on Steroids -- You can take your DNA testing to the next level by doing SNP testing. In our case (our Golden family) we have now connected with a grandfather born about 1450 BCE.

Known as DF98 S18823, this grandfather became the first identifiable member of what became Wettin Germans, aka House of Wettin from Baltic Germany. The core of this family would form the royal line of Saxony and Thuringia in the 11th century through the end of German monarchy some 950+ years later.

>>> My Goldens had already migrated to Norway and were in upper Scotland before the rise of House of Wettin. We were Vikings by then.

MY GOLDEN BRANCH: Another branch would migrate up through Denmark into Norway and then on to the British Isles.

My unique YDNA SNP "DF98 S18823" exists today almost exclusively in upper Germany, the Saxon regions and the British Isles.

Chart of our current YDNA matches in Britain and Norway compared to research showing where DF98 S18823 currently live makes it an easy guess as to where our Viking forefathers landed in Britain, and which branches they came from.

>>> Our highest quality YDNA match (67 markers) comes from upper Scotland and the Keeling family. So at some point our Golden's and the Keelings shared the same grandfather.

>>> Inherited family names did not exist in much of western Europe until after 1300 and not really until about 1600 for many families.


SNP = Single nucleotide polymorphisms, frequently called SNPs (pronounced “snips”), are the most common type of genetic variation among people. Each SNP represents a difference in a single DNA building block, called a nucleotide.
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Golden, Golding, Goulding et al Family HistoryThe different colors on the map represents different families which are uniquely identifiable based upon continued changes in their YDNA but all which carry the DF98 S18823 SNP.

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Michael C GuldenIs this Golden on the Golden DNA project chart?

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Hey! Where are my Gouldens? It's almost Christmas! 1874

James Goulden, recently arrived from England, is advertising in a newspaper popular among the Irish. James is searching for his brother John Goulden, and sisters: Catherine Goulden Trimble, Mary Goulden Mulvey, and Margaret Goulden Couglin. They were supposed to be in the Cinncinati, Ohio area.

"The Boston Pilot" newspaper, Vol 7, 1871-1876, published Dec 18, 1874
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