African American DNA Research Forum
Dna Success Story!
Just wanted to share my recent success with connecting dna with a paper trail. I am still on cloud 9 about this!
Last week I got a message at 23andme from someone who found common surnames in my profile. We exchanged tree information and I sent her a sharing request. She matched my paternal grandmother but neither of my grandmother's two tested siblings. I saw familiar names in her tree as I had looked at the family as being possible slave holders for my same-surnamed ancestors, and one of them as possibly being my 4th gr grandfather.
I then remembered that I had another dna cousin that I had made contact with about a year ago, that had the same surname in his family in the same area. I checked him against the new cousin but they did not have a share that was detectable by 23andme.
I decided to look a litte closer at the "possible" 4th gr grandfather. My 3rd gr grandfather, John H. Haddock's father was listed on his death certificate as Hardy Haddock. The ONLY person I have been able to find with a similar name is John H. "Hardee" Haddock, who lived a couple of counties over in Florida. He was the right age and in the right area to have been my 3ggf, John's, father but i had no proof that he was. I decided to "suppose" and see if the dna would fit.
Hardee Haddock and my new cousin's 3ggf were brothers, which would make my grandmother and our new cousin 4th cousins once removed. They share 17cm 1199 snps on Chromosome 19. So to me, it looked as though John H. "Hardee" Haddock COULD be my 4th ggrf. But, I wasn't satisfied! I decided to see if I could figure out how the other Haddock cousin fit into the mix. If HE fit, then I would feel more assured that I was on the right track.
I sent him a message, but of course I couldn't just wait patiently for him to answer so I did a google search! I found a listing he had on Geni, which led me to his mother's Geni page, which then gave me enough info to search Ancestry. I found a tree he had put on Ancestry and traced his Haddock line as far back at it went. It ended with his 3rd great grandfather. Not far enough! So I then took one of the more uncommon names in his line and searched Ancestry for another tree, to see if anyone else had taken the line back further. I hit paydirt! His 3rd ggrf was ALSO a brother of Hardee Haddock! So this dna cousin is also my grandmother's 4th cousin once removed. They share 2 segments: 14 cm 1949 snps on chromosome 10 and 7.5 cm 781 snps on chromosome 14.
The 14 cm on chromosome 10 is a VERY PERSISTENT segment as my grandmother, both her tested siblings, my dad, my half sister, and I ALL share the segment with this cousin.
So, NOW I'm satisified! I have FINALLY made a paper connection to TWO dna cousins. One which helped verify (in my mind) the other. And that branch of my tree has grown exponentially--I'm now back to a 15th gr grandfather!