Oliver Lines of Descent

This web page was first mounted on May 8, 2018 by Sheila Schmutz. sheila.schmutz@usask.ca and updated on September 19, 2022.


This is a private webpage that has no "official" connection to FTDNA or the Oliver Surname Y DNA Project there, or at any other such company. Please address corrections and additions to the author. I am the volunteer administrator of the Oliver Y DNA project and the DNA results are available on a website hosted by FTDNA (https://www.familytreedna.com/public/oliverDNA/). FTDNA was sold or merged with myDNA of Australia in January 2021 and therefore I have downloaded the Y results for the Oliver men who have been tested to 15 Jan 2021.

In December 2017, RootsWeb was taken offline for repairs or changes. For several years prior to this, each matching group of Olivers had their own webpage with a chart of the Oliver line submitted by matching participants shown. In an effort to keep this information available, this webpage was mounted. The original pages had some references which are no longer posted here. Likewise each group had a gedcom with sources on RootsWeb's WorldConnect section. Although some gedcoms have been restored, not all have, and some are outdated versions with some mistakes. RootsWeb is not allowing editing of these gedcoms unfortunately.

Note that the names of the participants and their Fathers are not shown to protect the privacy of the individuals. If individuals do not wish their line to be shown at all, please contact me and I will respect your wishes.

For a downloadable pdf list of the Oliver ancestors of the men whose Y DNA puts them in one of these groups, click here.


Group 1, the "Cyan" Group; Maryland Ancestors


Group 2 & 3, the "Dark Green" and "Light Green" Groups; Bertie Co, NC ancesors & Irish/Scottish Ancestors. These two groups are very closely related to each other. It is possible that their ancestors may be Ulster Scots.

None of the men in the Dark Green Group 2 have done the Family Finder autosomal test, although a female cousin of one them has (Kit B21034).

  • RootsWeb gedcom with some data regarding ancestors of the men in this group

  • Group 4, the "Yellow Green" Group; New Jersey Ancestors


    Group 5, the "Bright Yellow" Group; Caroline County, VA Ancestors

  • RootsWeb gedcom with some data regarding ancestors of the men in this Bright Yellow group, but also miscellaneous other Oliver families in Georgia

  • Group 6, the "Coral" Group; many Ancestors named Samuel Oliver

  • RootsWeb gedcom with some data regarding ancestors of the men in this group

  • Group 7, the "Lime Green" Group; late 1700s Virginia Ancestors


    Group 8, the "Turqouise" Group; Charlotte County and Caroline County, Virginia Ancestors

  • RootsWeb gedcom with some data regarding ancestors of the men in this group

  • Group 9, the "Pale Blue" Group; North Carolina to Georgia Ancestors


    Group 10, the "Pale Yellow" Group; George Oliver (1728 Stafford Co, VA - 1786 Rockingham Co, NC) Descendants

  • RootsWeb gedcom with some data regarding ancestors of the men in this group

  • Group 11, the "Magenta" Group; Carolina and Georgia Ancestors

  • RootsWeb gedcom with some data regarding ancestors of the men in this Magenta group and the Teal Group

  • Group 12, the "Orange" Group; Oliver Family from Onslow County, North Carolina and one in Indiana/Illinois


    Group 13, the "Indigo" Group; Richard Oliver (1752 Halifax Co, VA - < 1870 Jackson Co, AL) Descendants


    Group 14, the "Blue" Group; James Newton Oliver (1815 TN - 1847 Madison Co, KY) Descendants


    Group 15, the "Oliver-Oliphant" Group; Duncan Oliphant (1682 Scotland - abt 1734 Hunterdon Co, NJ) Descendants


    Group 17, the "Maroon" Group; Virginia to Franklin Co, TN

  • RootsWeb gedcom with some data regarding ancestors of the men in this group

  • Group 18, the "Orchid" Group; North Carolina to Arkansas


    Group 20, the "Silver" Group; Georgia and Mississippi

  • RootsWeb gedcom with some data regarding ancestors of the men in this group

  • Group 21, the "Violet" Group; Tennessee and Arkansas

  • RootsWeb gedcom with some data regarding ancestors of the men in this group

  • Group 22, the "Gold" Group; John Oliver (born 1750 Delaware) Descendants

  • RootsWeb gedcom with some data regarding ancestors of the men in this group

  • Group 23, the "Aqua" Group; Pennsylvania and New York

  • RootsWeb gedcom with some data regarding ancestors of the men in this group

  • Group 24, the Olive Group; Cornwall, England


    Group 25, the Lilac Group; Maine


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