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Re: What DNA Company to Choose
In Response To: What DNA Company to Choose ()

I agree with both Aaron and Art and like Art, I've used different companies and FTDNA in my humble opinion offers added tools for genealogist's.

For instance I had a familiar roadblock; 2nd great grandfather William Walker reputedly mulatto born 1863. We tested one of his great great grandson's (direct paternal line) through FTDNA and the Walker surname project. The haplogroup was R1b1 (European), however by joining with a surname group, the project administrator's can group the results of male participants into categories based on similarities. My Walker line is in group 19 where men in this group share the same genetic markers (some are a 1 to 2 genetic difference); more interestingly the men that have tested have family tree's that go back to two locations, Somerset, MD and Sussex Co, DE--which point to colonial origins for this particular family.

Through traditional research coupled with genetics, I've been able to focus on two Walker brothers that could have been the father of my 2nd great grandfather, William Walker. One Walker brother married the daughter of Alston Payne, the slave owner to my 2nd great grandfather's mother Hattie Payne.

A lot of things happened circa 1863 in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana; and dna opened up a new chapter in my Walker research. Although I don't know the name of my 2nd great grandfather's dad, I now have a long list of names as a result of genetic genealogy.

Also try the International Society of Genetic Genealogy for additional information.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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