William of Orange
I just noted with a smile Ken Nordtvedt’s fund donation in the name of William of Orange.
I just learned a couple of weeks ago that my fifth great grandfather William Ruddock was from The Diamond, formerly Ruddock’s Grange, Granger Lower, O’Neilland West, Co. Armagh, Ireland. Now I’m on a search to try to identify his parents and his birth location as it appears that the Ruddocks moved there from some location further south in Ireland. So far I have identified Co. Carlow near Carlow city as a probable location.
For those of you who wonder if you have spent your yDNA dollars wisely I got to this point through yDNA matches which lead me to this location in Ireland. This was after waiting for about two years for a match of any sort. Now I have a dozen at y67 with the most distant +/- 2 with two perfect matches.
Lewis M. Ruddick