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DNA Test Results & Queries on Matches

Hello All,

I had my DNA tested, both Y-DNA & mtDNA. I then consented to sharing my email address for those whose results matched mine. Perhaps a mistake....... I was immediately flooded by queries and mass emails.

Trying to follow some general rules of genealogy etiquette I responded faithfully until the issue of "Race" came into play and brought some "less than nice emails". I NEVER initiated any of this correspondence.

So now I've developed a procedure that seems to work, at least for me. I respond by sending the "boiler plate" information on my FTM Home Page and then added the URL. It has cut my DNA query follow-up messages down to almost nothing....only those who are interested, or curious, follow-up from their initial query.

Just an interesting aspect of collateral incidents as related to DNA testing.

Thanks for reading and listening,

Art Thomas

Greetings All, this page, started in 2000, is a CONTINUING WORK IN PROGRESS, it is dedicated to the Ancestors, Descendants, Collateral Families and all others that comprise My Family Tree.

My desire is to share the Love, Hope, Inspiration and
Dedication of all those who came before me and
giving all those who will come after me the Determination,
Devotion and above all else the Rememberances of
the many individuals that laid the Foundation for
their Being.

My Ancestoral Surnames, Primary Locations and Time Periods are:


LAWRENCE--NC,IN (1830- )
THOMAS--VA,NC,IN,OH (1835- )

Research on my paternal lines begin to 'blur' prior to the 1870's due to that 'peculiar institution' known as Chattel Slavery. My paternal lines, before the end of slavery is centered around Edgecombe County, NC. However, recent discoveries through Family Reunions, Internet research, phone calls and just plain 'luck' collateral family connections are being made. Slave Schedules, Estate Papers and Wills of former slave owners are also proving to be invaluable in 'scaling the walls of slavery'.

'Collateral families' to my paternal surnames that have been discovered are BAREFOOT, CHERRY, DICKENS, DUE, FOREPAUGH, HERRING and MILES. Most originating from the Edgecombe County, NC area.

My paternal family history becomes more easily documentable following Emancipation and the end of the Civil War, beginning with the 1870 and later Federal Census records for Edgecombe County, NC.

Research on the migration and development of these family and collateral lines from NC into Putnam County, IN (Greencastle) from the late 1880's and early 1890's and their subsequent family expansion(s) is an ongoing project.

Reference (Books, FTM Reports/Trees and Related Files Section) for detailed histories and explanations for each group.


ADAMS--VA,KY,OH (1768- )
ALLEN--NC,VA,OH (1820- )
BRIDGES--KY,OH (1825- )
BROOKS--KY,OH (1825- )
EDWARDS--PA,OH (1790- )
LEE--VA,OH (1830- )
McKEE--CANADA,OH (1780- )
RENO--CANADA,OH (1780- )
SCOTT--NC,OH (1810- )
STEWART--NC,OH (1810- )
WALDEN--NC,OH (1810- )

My maternal lines also carry the "weight" of slavery, but that burden was over for most of these ancestral lines by the late 1700's and early 1800's. Although no longer in slavery they suffered mightly and overcame many of the slights endured by Free Persons of Colors during the era of the Ohio Black Codes.

Reference (Books, FTM Reports/Trees and Related Files Section)for detailed histories and explanations for each group.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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