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Has anyone had breakthroughs with DNA

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Re: Has anyone had breakthroughs with DNA

Posted: 24 Sep 2013 10:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
I definitely have had success with a brother's Y-DNA test.

Our family goes by surname "A", but my papaw always told us, "we should have been "B". Papaw knew his father was born outside of marriage to "A" female and "B" male, and had gone by his mother's surname. After many years of struggling to document this A to B relationship, I finally found paper documentation as well as "B" surname cousins who knew of the relationship and were able to confirm it with even more documentation.

25+ years of research up that "B" line left me hitting a brick wall at my 4th Gr-Grandpa, so a brother did the Y-DNA test to help me out. We had some family lore that this 4G-Grandpa was supposedly "orphaned" and was raised by surname "C". When the DNA test came back....we were actually matching surname "C". Two other of our "B" surname cousins on different down-lines from mine did testing as well and matched my brother..all of us matching surname "C".

The DNA shows that my 4G-Grandpa "B" was born outside of marriage to "C" male and "B" female, and had gone by his mother's surname. Land records confirmed that surname "B" and surname "C" shared an adjacent property line for many years, and then county court orders, deeds, and other docs confirmed that these two families had always lived within very close proximity of each other even during their migration from western Maryland to southwestern Virginia.

Without the Y-DNA test, I may never have found my true "C" paternal lineage.
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barbdale_1 24 Sep 2013 12:35AM GMT 
Shari S. 24 Sep 2013 3:31PM GMT 
ceilidh 24 Sep 2013 4:49PM GMT 
oma2004 25 Sep 2013 7:35AM GMT 
A DeHoff 25 Sep 2013 11:37AM GMT 
barbdale_1 25 Sep 2013 4:18PM GMT 
Robert Staffo... 25 Sep 2013 10:22PM GMT 
MJ782 27 Sep 2013 5:32PM GMT 
barbdale_1 27 Sep 2013 6:27PM GMT 
jbarry6899 27 Sep 2013 7:51PM GMT 
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