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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

It’s Saturday Night – 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  I am completely out of ideas for this week – and am late in posting.  What genealogy activity have you spent time on this week?

I have been working on the same genealogy goal for the past several weeks: researching the descendants of a third great grandfather, Ozias Wells. While I’ve been working on this for a while, I still have quite a bit of research to go. When finished, I will have researched descendants down to about 1950 for all of my third great grandparents.

Since I prefer to work ahead on my blog posts, I’ve also written several posts that will be published in the next week or so.

Thanks to a Facebook post by one of the Crawford yDNA project coordinators, I investigated the newly released Discover feature on FamilyTreeDNA. (See: FamilyTreeDNA Discover Launches – Including yDNA Haplogroups)

When I put in my CRAWFORD haplogroup, I discovered that a common ancestor is predicted for about 300 years ago.

The project administrator asked me how these results look for my branch of the tree. Since I have researched 5 of the 6 lines that were in the haplogroup and done some research on the 6th line, I felt comfortable responding to his query. Below is my response.

The 300 years for R-Y88686 seems probable. The current theory is that the James b1758 is the uncle to the James b 1770. Thus, a common ancestor for the two of them being born around 1720 seems to fit the paper trail. The margin of error of 100 years might mean the common ancestor is back another generation or two. We don’t know where/how my James (b1772) fits in. We have a theory that William Nelson Crawford (b 1829) descends from the James b1770 but no proof yet.

While looking at this data and yDNA matches, I discovered that my brother’s BigY results were completed. Not only did the project administrator confirm that those results were back but indicated that they will likely result in my branch of the tree being separated out from the other members of the Y88686 haplogroup. Thus, my James Crawford may not be as closely related to the other James as previously thought. Below is how the new BigY tree might look for my portion of it.

While I’m plugging along at researching the WELLS descendants, it was a nice break to learn about the new DISCOVER feature on FamiyTreeDNA and to review my new place in the Crawford tree.

One thought on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

  1. I hope the DNA results help you find an answer to your Crawfords. You’ve been working on them for a long time!

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