Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DNA Results Begin

Good morning, campers, this morning when I checked my email there was a notice from FTDNA that my initial results are in.
I have visited several sites that gave DNA results from, for instance, the Green(e) Family project. On that site I found a few names that matched names in my family tree which I assumed to be true relatives from the information I could find at the time (thank you,
In those charts I found that those ancestors were from a certain group so it is no surprise that my initial (very general) results showed that I shared the same group designation.
I am from the group designated 'R1b' - but I did get an additional bit that said the the specific part of that group is R-m269. This group -'R1b'- is one of the most common DNA groups in western Europe and is well represented in England, France, Spain, and Ireland. No big surprise there.
For those in my family interested in our very distant ancestors and the origins and migration of that DNA group you can learn more at this website - . I am including a map of that information here. 
Apparently, this is just the first 'panel' of 5, I think. The results from the other, hopefully more revealing, panels should be ready by Feb. 7 and so the waiting continues. But as always, you, my dear readers, shall be the first to know what those results will reveal about the Green family of McDowell County, West Virginia.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

DNA update, a Kirkin' and Where are the Indians?

Too funny! I went through the mail on Tues. 2/7/12 and found that I had finally received  the "return receipt" that I mailed with my DNA sample (from previous posts). It had been so long, I had forgotten about it.
I mailed the sample and got an email from FTDNA on 1/10/12 saying they had received it and now, a full month later, I receive from the USPS confirmation of the same. Boy, and they wonder why they're going out of business. 
Anyway, I have received hard copy confirmation as well as the email so I will put that with the rest of the pertinent paperwork and continue to await the news that my results are in. At that point, I'll have a better grip on who I really am. 
I've done more research and found sites that include pictures of the kit and info. you receive in the mail. If you are interested, search for FTDNA or just DNA. Some very interesting stuff there. 
But this leads me to think I will go for the "Family Finder" test next to broaden that body of information. This should include our Stewart, Sizemore and Cooke family connections. (Where the Y-DNA test is only my fathers, fathers, fathers...)
The Highland Games went very well - we had a blast with all the musicians and clans and friends. I'll post a few pics from that event as well as the Kirkin' - you can see more on my Facebook page.
Since the Games, I've been obsessed with my Stewart family connections and trying to sort out the specific clan my ancestors were associated with (Appin?) ... without much success. This has taken me away from my research of the Sizemore family and our Cherokee connections. I apologize for the delay and promise to get back to that research so I can share that fascinating bit of history with you soon.