Oliver Lines of Descent

This web page was first mounted on May 8, 2018 by Sheila Schmutz. sheila.schmutz@usask.ca and updated on October 9, 2020.


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/).

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 Although some gedcoms have been restored, not all have, and some are outdated versions with some mistakes.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 or mounting of new 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.


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).


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Group 24, the Olive Group; Cornwall, England


Group 25, the Lilac Group; Maine


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