YDNA – Haplogroup G

Haplotype G

A haplotype indicates a specific branch on the DNA tree. Branches can have branches so just knowing that you match a specific group does not indicate descent or cousinship with other basic matches.

Determination of descent requires examination of DNA STR or SNP values — only testing via FTDNA provides STR testing.

Other tests can identify your haplotype but do not provide STRs but do test for SNPs (Ancestry, 23andMe, MyHeritage, etc.) 

YDNA Patriarchs Index

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Inclusion in a Paternal Line means that all individuals share a common grandfather.

G2 Patriarch Line #1

G2a G-M201 G-Z6764 G-Z29424

> There are 10 yDNA tests which match as descending from the same male line. That male line probably existed prior to 1720 within the American South in the Wilkes County, Georgia area.

Various family histories extend to the mid-1700s and then become very disconnected — related Golden lines coexisting but perhaps unaware of their relationship in what was then a hostile frontier of constantly moving settlers.

Stories as to origin of these Golden families begin in the mid-1700s … what should be apparent is that at least one or two generations preceded the different origin tales. The G2a Origin Golden of this patriarch line existed by at least 1720 or earlier in order to have separate lines that lost track of their actual origin.

YDNA tests may indicate various haplotype designations. Using STRs and SNPs we can determine whether a male is directly related to another.  


Mark “Marcus” Golden Sr./Nancy Parks — This Golden family started out in what is now Lincoln County (as of 1796), Georgia which was part of Wilkes County in 1762. After their last child Caleb Golden was born in 1826, the family moved to Chambers County, Alabama. Both western and eastern Central Alabama remains home to many Goldens from this family. One branch went to Graceville, Florida in Jackson County — we know James Seaborn Golden’s descendants as “Graceville Goldens”, a number of whom would move to Texas and form another hub of Goldens in the Trinity, Texas area.


Noah G. Golden 1849–1932 and Sara Ann Louise “Lunnie” Fowler 1854–1934 — “Graceville Goldens

Son James Seaborn Golden 1881–1943 may be the best known of Graceville Goldens, but it was his parents that moved from Early County, Georgia and set up household in Graceville, Jackson County, Florida in 1870. Noah somewhat lived up to his name with 16 children (10 sons, 6 daughters). Today, you can find Goldens galore from Graceville travelling west along I-10 towards Harris, Texas … within 70 miles north or south of I-10 that are kin to Graceville Goldens.


Golden, Richard, c1740-c1795, birthplace unknown and Mary Frances Lowe, 1750–1812, of Farmville, Richmond, Virginia — Family lore is that Richard Golden came from County Tyrone, Ireland. He was living in the Wilkes County, Georgia area when his first son Stephen Golden was born. Descendants of this family are very active in shared research and reunions. Learn more at their Facebook page. Many members of this family moved north along the western side of the Appalachia into Tennessee and into Kentucky … just follow Interstate 75 from Atlanta, Georgia up to Knox County, Kentucky and you will find  MANY related Goldens from this line.


Seaborn Jasper Golden, Sr., 1799–1859 and Levina Johnston 1805–1885 — Tallapoosa, Alabama … This line started life in the northeastern Georgia area of Wilkes and Lincolnton. By 1840 they are living in Tallapoosa, Alabama. This was a sizeable family of 11 children: 9 boys, 2 girls … and they went forth and multiplied. Lots of Goldens from this line still live in Alabama. 


Timothy Caleb “Bill” Golden 1808–1878 married to Elizabeth Ann White 1810–1850 and Armanda Catharine Turner 1831–1920 — Home is Haralson County, Georgia. How they got there and when exactly is unknown. Mother Elizabeth Beasley (c1790-1860) supposedly came from Edgefield, South Carolina. Due to the many Goldens and Goldings in Edgefield area, it had been supposed that father William Caleb Golden (c1780-1855) also came from there — not likely as I have researched South Carolina looking for my own Goldens. There was a Caleb Golding but we know his family’s YDNA type (R1b). It is more likely that this Golden family originated in Georgia in the Wilkes County area and then spread out from there.