Posted in Family History, O'Neill, Taff

Bill’s DNA Results


No big surprises in Bill’s ancestry.  From working on his genealogy it appears most of his ancestors can be traced back to immigrating from Ireland.  I do have one major brick wall on his side.  His paternal grandfather, William H. O’Neill.  Most of the first-born son’s on that side of the family were named William.  No one talks much about him…all I have heard was he was a ne’er-do-well.  From census records he and his wife were living separately after their 3 children were born.  I did find his death certificate…apparently he was found with broken ribs along the side of a highway-cause unknown.  My husband’s father is the one who identified him…but both parents were listed as unknown.  This was even a surprise to my husband…said his Dad never told him much about his grandfather.  And my father-in-law passed away over 20 years ago.  Am hoping this DNA analysis will result in being able to break down that brick wall!



Posted in Family History, Jackson, Pyatt, Stephens, Stewart, Wilson

DNA Results…Any surprises?!?!


Finally bit the bullet and had my DNA analysis done through  Two things I found interesting…one, that there is no Native American blood, as was often mentioned on my father’s side.  And two, I wasn’t expecting that much Irish in me!  But with a married name of O’Neill – I guess that’s a good thing.  Have over 600 possible matches from others in the database, ranging from 4th cousins and closer. Closest being 2nd cousin.  I have already connected with a 2nd cousin 1 x removed from my Grandpa Pyatt’s brother’s family!  Will take some time to sort through them.  My hopes with submitting my DNA is to see if I can break thru a brick wall with my 2nd great-grandfather, Needham Stephens, on my mother’s side.  Will keep you up to date on any findings!

Stay tuned for a post on my husband’s results!



Posted in 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week 2

Week 2 – Paid Online Genealogy Tools: Which paid genealogy tool do you appreciate the most? What special features put it at the top of your list? How can it help others with their genealogy research?

If we are looking at this as strictly online services, then I pay for two online genealogy services. and  When I first started working on my family genealogy I did not have a paid subscription to Ancestry.  It was very frustrating during searches to see that something was out there – just beyond my grasp because I did not subscribe.  I finally caved in and purchased a yearly subscription.  I have been subscribing now for 4 years.  I like the ability to find other collaborators searching for the same lineage.  I have corresponded with several other family historians on various branches of my tree through the use of Ancestry.  I have also used Family Tree Maker for many years.  I participated in the beta testing of the syncing function of the 2012 version.  While it is not perfect, it has alleviated my biggest complaint about having a tree online and a database that did not communicate with each other.  Double entry was driving me crazy!

Genealogybank is a recent subscription for me.  I like the focus of just newspapers, obituaries, and documents.  I have just recently realized the amazing benefits of obituaries in determining and possibly locating various relations.  Sometimes I am very successful on genealogybank and other times I come up empty handed…so I am still in the process of determining it value to me moving forward.

Right now I am happy with using these paid online resources.  I’ve seen others that might be interesting in the future.  But for the time being I think I will stick with these two.

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.