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Re: Finding A Relative To Test - creative thinking

Thanks for sharing! I will have to do something similar in order to get the paternal and maternal African ancestry of my great-grandfather, Bill Reed (Mom's paternal grandfather). Through African Ancestry, Inc., I would like to get these lines tested before our next family reunion. This would be wonderful to add to our family history!

To get the paternal, hopefully-African ancestry of Grandpa Bill, I can send in a DNA sample of one of the sons of Grandpa Bill's 6 sons. A couple of these grandsons of Bill are still living. This includes my mother's brothers, and my cousin/roommate can be inclusive since Grandpa Bill is his paternal grandfather's paternal grandfather.

To get the maternal African ancestry of Grandpa Bill tested, I would have to get the DNA sample of a certain descendant of Grandpa Bill's sister, Mary (Mary and Bill shared the same mother). Mary only had 2 children: a son, William, and a daughter, Louvenia. There are no known descendants of William, but Louvenia had 4 sons and 3 daughters (all 7 are deceased). Of those 3 daughters, only one of them (Allie Bell) had children. Allie Bell has a living daughter in California, I'm told. So, I will have to locate this 3rd cousin to test Grandpa Bill's maternal ancestry. Is this correct?

I've been also thinking about Grandma Sarah Reed's ancestry. She and Grandpa Bill had 6 sons and 5 daughters, all deceased. Therefore, the only descendants with her mtDNA would be her youngest daughter's children. The youngest daughter was the only daughter who had children. She had 11, and only 3 living now - two sons and one daughter. Those 3 children's mtDNA would be identical to Grandma Sarah's. Right? And their mtDNA would be identical to Grandma Sarah's mother, Polly Partee. Right?

Grandma Sarah's paternal ancestry is questionable. Grandma Sarah was said to be part Indian. Family lore has it that her father, name unknown, was Cherokee. Sarah had three brothers. But the problem is, Sarah was her mother's oldest child, and I am not sure if Sarah and her brothers shared the same father. I can't even get a test done to determine if this Indian ancestry claim is accurate since only men inherits the Y-chromosome from their father. Right?

Melvin


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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