I can now go 8 generations back on my direct maternal line. All of the ladies listed here were born in Northumberland, England. As you can see they did not apply much imagination to naming their daughters. I am grateful my mother decided there had been enough Margarets and Marys by the time they got to me.
My mtDNA haplogroup is U5a1b1*. The asterisk indicates that there are not enough people tested who share the exact mutations to be able to assign the next level. The last three on the list are shown with “unknown confidence” as I do not yet have DNA evidence to confirm my paper trail.
One of my matches on AncestryDNA has indicated a connection through our respective Carr lines. This has prompted me to do some checking on the integrity of the Carr information in my tree and to develop further some of the lines that descend from my 3rd great grandfather Caleb Carr. Caleb was baptised at Longbenton in Northumberland on 23 Feb 1772, His parents were Adam Carr and Jane Nesbitt.
My efforts today have taken the total of Caleb’s children to 17 and I am still not sure I have found them all. The mothers of these children were:
Mary Vardy (no marriage found)
Elizabeth Young (marriage 1796)
Elizabeth Hume (no marriage found)
Rachael Smith (marriage 1808)
At the moment I am not sure if Elizabeth Young and Elizabeth Hume are one person or two.
The result of today’s Carr activity is over 40 new Carr people in my tree plus spouses for several of them. Pleased with the result of this Carr chasing stunt, but I know I still have a long way to go to document this very prolific branch of my tree. They did not apply much imagination to naming their children either, so the repetitive names and similar dates and locations add to the confusion in resolving this puzzle.
These topics explain my recent change in approach to contacting anonymous matches on 23andme and my use of Genome Mate Pro to structure and coordinate my analysis and follow up of matches from the major testing companies.
This is my first DNA success story from my brother’s kit on AncestryDNA. I am very pleased about this one as it gives extra assurance that my paper trail is valid for the very common surname Davis. It clearly shows the benefits of testing siblings, as this match did not appear for my own kit.
It also demonstrates how families spread around the world can find their common roots through the versatility of DNA analysis. I was born in Northumberland, England and now live in Norway. The two kits that matched belong to people in Italy and Australia. The probable common ancestors lived in Shropshire, England.
If you would like to know more about our DNA and paper trail links to John Davis and his wife Mary take a look at the article: “MRCA: John Davis and/or Mary ??” on my page DNA plus paper.
My attempts to write a daily blog post have fallen a little by the wayside tonight. This is because I am so excited at having two new sets of DNA results to play with. Where do I start? My own third set of results came in from 23andme yesterday. I tested with FTDNA in 2011 and with AncestryDNA in my Easter holidays, then with 23andme in my summer holidays. Match list rolled in yesterday.
When I woke up this morning my brother’s DNA results from AncestryDNA were available.
I have been busy looking at both of these this sets of results this evening and have some very interesting findings, but I need to structure my thoughts before I post more so you will have to bear with me till tomorrow.