Consider this an invitation to be messy.
Yep, I’m asking you to scatter some bread crumbs.
As I look at each new year, I try to focus on something I can finish or at least make progress with.
I’m inviting you to do the same.
In 2016, what is your most pressing genetic genealogy goal? Or maybe your most important genealogy goal that DNA might be able to help you with?
Limit yourself to one ancestor or couple, please, and list their name first so it’s easy for people to see. Be specific so that someone who sees the breadcrumbs can follow them and can determine whether or not they are from the right family line to help you.
Here’s my example.
My 2016 Brick Wall That Needs to Fall
I am brick walled on my Moore line.
James Moore, born about 1721, was first found in Amelia County, Virginia in 1742 on the tax lists. That part of Amelia would later become Prince Edward County, Virginia. He was a neighbor to Joseph and Rachel Rice and married their daughter, Mary, around 1745. James Moore is mentioned in Joseph Rice’s will in 1766 as his son-in-law. By 1770, James and Mary Rice Moore are living in Halifax County, VA, where they live for the rest of their lives. James and Mary’s death dates are uncertain and there is no will. Their children are:
- James (marries Susanna and believed moved to Stokes Co., NC)
- William (Methodist minister, marries Lucy, stays in Halifax Co.)
- Lydia (unproven, marries Edward Henderson, stays in Halifax Co.)
- Mackness (marries Sarah Thompson, moves to Grainger Co., TN)
- Rice (Methodist minister, marries Elizabeth Madison, moves to Grainger Co., TN)
- Thomas (unproven, married Polly Baker, dead by 1804 in Halifax leaving 2 orphans)
- Sally (marries Martin Stubblefield, moves to Grainger/Hawkins Co., TN)
- Mary (marries Richard Thompson)
We do have Y DNA samples from three of James’ sons’ lines, so we know what his Y DNA looks like. But we cannot find any matches to any Moores other than the Moore men that we know and love as cousins or who are also disconnected at a later date.
My shout-out is this. If you’re a Moore male whose early lineage comes from Virginia or even Pennsylvania, and your line hasn’t been Y DNA tested, please, PLEASE Y DNA test at Family Tree DNA. The only way we’re ever going to connect James with an ancestral line is through Y DNA testing. I’ve already combed the records of relevant and even just potential feeder counties with no luck. Many records have burned.
Also, if anyone is descended from James Moore’s children’s lines, please take the autosomal Family Finder test at Family Tree DNA or contact me if you already have tested at Family Tree DNA or elsewhere.
Please feel free to list your 2016 genetic genealogy goal in the comments section. You don’t know who is going to read your goal and be or know the right person to solve your problem. People Google 24X7, and yes, my blog shows up in google search results. As I used to tell my kids, “If you don’t ask, the answer is no.”
So….ask away and scatter a few breadcrumbs. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You just never know what wonderful discovery may be waiting in the shadows, or who is going to find your breadcrumbs. As you can see, someone already found mine and it didn’t take long at all!