Posted in Family History, O'Neill, Taff

Bill’s DNA Results

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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!

 

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

DNA Results…Any surprises?!?!

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Finally bit the bullet and had my DNA analysis done through Ancestry.com.  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!

 

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