I have not been blogging recently- a year for this blog it seems.. In 2003 when I started working with my ancestry, I knew little. With the advent of DNA, at about the same time that I found an Irish researcher, I made exponential gains in at least my maternal ancestors. DNA and Irish Records becoming digitized helped a lot, and my Faunt Swanson line was really not hidden. My father's maternal line was visible also, Carrow and Edenfield anyway were there for the taking in Delaware and Maryland. Kirwan and Sweeney eventually followed suit in New Jersey records. Dad's biological father was never known to him but some things must have been known. Rumors were his father was an uncle, or his stepfather, both of which have been discounted. Another rumor, ( Mom let things leak from time to time), was that Grandmother had more children and they went away somewhere. I had seen some close cousins with DNA ( 1st-2nd) that had both Kirwan and Carrow ancestors, which brought their parents down to 2 people, Grandmom or her brother. Those people never answered messages about themselves but this time last year one of them did. Oh My! Sister and I had had aunts, 2 of them. both younger than Dad. This huge breakthrough allowed me to begin to streamline Dad's bio father, who was NOT his sisters' father. My large amount of Welsh matches is leading me to be able to know at least my 3rd and 4th Grandparents who were from Wales. They are shared with upwards of 15 fairly close cousin matches ( 3-4th) who live in Wales and even speak Welsh.
Very excited with Ancestry DNA ThruLines.. Sister and I have about 19% Welsh.. How is that possible? Our distant Carrow line matches are quite tangled both in Delaware Welsh Tract and Wales.. Angharad James is a sister of Owen David (Dafydd) a known ancestor who had Fox Hall Plantation.. Angharad James and her husband William Pritchard are pivotal to maybe 50 DNA matches to Wales.. People who still live in Wales.. Amazing!! So as I search.. Thrulines lets me click on my matches AncestryName to see if we match..It is awesome..
Sister and I share an enormous amount of Welsh cousins.. Four 4th cousins came in just in a week.. Colin and Rees Roberts and Dilys Parker have long been matches from 23andme but it seemed sort of flukey..
Where do they fit?
They have to fit in the Carrow line.. and NONE of our many Carrow DNA Cousins share them( so excited I have them) so maybe it is our Grandfather. This is why we do DNA. Many of them come from here Pwllheli Caernarvonshire
AncestryDNA with it's over 5 million matches have given us Janet Inglis Haydn Eryl Hughes, Annwen Hughes,Dylan Fôn Thomas and so on..
We ( Sister and I )each have TWO Geographic Communities from Wales with 40 or more cousin matches.. I also have 2 from Ireland and Sister has 3 from Ireland..
Blaine Bettinger has shared these tables with the ISOGG Facebook group.. a compilation of many of us and this year's version
Old Carrow Farm - Idalia Manor For my DNA friends and rellies..I may go ahead and blog this also as it seems important.My sister Carol Bodofsky ( my DNA buddy) and I have a LOT of DNA matches in Wales.. Yes the Carrow family is heavily Welsh between 1750-1840 but other cousins do not have all this Welsh.. Sister and I only have inherited about 15-17% of our DNA from our paternal grandfather.. (Which we knew before the 23ANDme test in 2009- from DNA Tribes c. 2008) my father's father who we assume is from Norway.. That leaves 34-35% of DNA inherited from Elizabeth Agnes Carrow..seen here as a young lady on Risnor Row..
We also share a good amount of Carrow matches to Baltimore cousins from Clara Carrow Friemiller.. Clara and her mother Margaret Edenfield share MitoDNA( female) with her mother Hannah.. who may or may not be a Worters.. the 1870 census calls her Worters but she was married to Edenfield then so is that accurate? None of us know or have been able to figure it out.. Paternal grandmother matches are particularly good for inheritance..( X markers come from there) I feel pretty sure now that Hannah, wife of Thomas Edenfield must have been Welsh or 1/2 Welsh and sister and I inherited a lot of that.. To that end I tested with Living_DNA and am waiting for results.. it is Welsh UK in origin.. My close Carrow match this weekend shares matches back to Baltimore cousins also, more so than other directions.. Tamyr and I also share those matches although she is NOT heavily Welsh.. Sister and I have been given TWO Welsh communities at AncestryDNA which seems significant..
A good puzzle for a rainy week..
Elizabeth Agnes Carrow - Risnor Row Penns Grove NJ
Important update to 23andmethe only testing company who does this.. Ron and Peter shown here.. and at bottom Carol and myself The X is particularly telling for brothers We’ve updated DNA Relatives and Share and Compare to show full and half-IBD (identical by descent) segments of DNA. You can see completely identical (purple) and half-identical (pink) segments on the Compare page, which you can access by clicking on any of your DNA Relatives matches, or on any of your sharing connections in Share and Compare. You won’t share fully-identical segments with all of your matches. Full siblings share a combination of fully-identical (purple) and half-identical (pink) segments. Fully-identical refers to stretches of the genome where the two siblings match each other on both pairs of the chromosome - both siblings inherited the same segment of DNA from both their mother and father. The relationship pictured is between two full sisters. Since half-siblings only share one parent, they will only see half-identical (pink) segments. March 16 update: Full and half-IBD segments are now also shown in the DNA view of DNA Relatives
Yesterday I was notified that I had matches at My Heritage. And so I did- 473 at this time. Many of them are said to be 3rd cousins.. A very respected blogger has an excellent blog at ISOGG today where she says she is having difficulty finding most of her matches at the 3 main testing sites. Nor am I finding mine and many are said to be 3rd cousin or 3C1x removed..Not at FTDNA,23andme,AncestryDNA or even Gedmatch. I suspect their imputing needs work. They had this to say on their blog: "MyHeritage has created and refined the capability to read the DNA data files that you can export from all main vendors and bring them to the same common ground, a process that is called imputation. Thanks to this capability — which is accomplished with very high accuracy " The matches remind me of what I have found at DNA Land. although I have only 4 there.
I will qualify this to say that I have purposefully made my tree at their site as less than 250 to keep it free.. so I cannot contact anyone but I CAN see their trees and their names.. and I am not finding them..