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A DNA and Genealogy Puzzle

A recent cousin match from 23andme has created for me an interesting puzzle. A match at the 2nd-3rd cousin range, who, I had no knowledge of, was reported to match me at 2.36%, 177cM length across nine (9) segments. That would place this match with a common ancestor in the great-great grandparent(s)+ range.

This person's profile listed surnames and locations I was familiar with and even had some information on in my "community" genealogical database. After contact, it was determined that I had quite a bit of information on a set of his maternal great-grandparents.

We found that his maternal great-grandfather was the Pastor of the church I attended as a youth, his wife was my Sunday School teacher. His maternal grandmother and my mother were childhood friends, his maternal grandmother's brother (a WW II veteran) was somewhat of a mentor to me and I had even attended college with this person's mother. I had genealogical and family history data on his maternal lines dating back to the early 1800's (1825-1830) and later as FPOC in Ohio in the same locations as my maternal FPOC families in Ohio. No familial connections!!!!!!!! >(

It now appears our DNA & genealogical connections might possibly be from our paternal lines. My paternal grandparents were from the same area in NC, as was the parents of his father's paternal grandmother.

Geography is a major part of this puzzle. The chronology and migratory patterns of our paternal lines are: my paternal lines are found in Census records thru the years as NC, IN and then OH. His paternal lines are NC, MS, AL, MI and finally CA, never OH or IN. Speculation is now that our common ancestor(s) may have been enslaved together in NC and somehow separated during their period of enslavement.

Stay tuned as the search continues..... :)

Art Thomas


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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