The Sole Society, a Family History Society researching Sole, Saul, Sewell, Solley and similar names


American Soules Seeking British Cousins - DNA Test


From Simon Neal


This article was published in the April 2017 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society




Soule Kindred in America

American Soules Seeking British Cousins


Members of Soule Kindred in America have long sought to learn the origins of their common ancestor, George Soule.  It is known that on 9 November 1620 he boarded the Mayflower in London and sailed to the New World.  Three years later, he married Mary Beckett from Watford, Hertfordshire, a passenger on the second passenger ship.


We donít know who George left behind in England.  Researches have combed church, manorial, and archival records to find information about George and his family to no avail.  Now Soule Kindred plans to use DNA testing to compare British men with the surname Soule or variations on that spelling, to male Soule descendants in the United States.


If you are a man with the last name Soule, Solley, Sole, or another similar spelling, and you descend from a long line of males with the same name, you may be a candidate for our study, and we would very much like to interview you.


You will be asked questions to determine if your ancestry can be traced back to about 1600 in England.  If the answer is yes, you qualify to take a DNA test at no cost to you.


What is DNA?  DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is a component of virtually every cell in the human body.  It is an unbreakable genetic link between generations.  The test is easy, painless, and will be paid for by Soule Kindred in America.


How it works:  A kit will arrive in the mail and you will be asked to swab the inside of your mouth and mail it back to the laboratory in the U.S.  Results should be available in about a month.  The lab will search for matches between you and American men who have donated their DNA to the study.  If a match is found, it will give us direction as to where in England to pursue the search of records.  All information learned

about your DNA will be shared with you.


To participate, contact:
Simon Neal, Soule Family Historian

Sponsored by Soule Kindred in America