Genetic Genealogy – DNA Testing and You

This article is the first in a series that William H. Blue, president of the National Blue Family Association (NBFA), invited me to write some time ago about DNA for genealogy. The series is appearing in issues of The Chalice, the NBFA newsletter.

Genetic Genealogy – DNA Testing and You

For those of you who have tried to understand the topic of DNA for genealogy and become overwhelmed, believe me, I understand. You may be relieved to know that I have tried to make it so that this does not happen from reading this article. I am assuming the reader has no knowledge about DNA or DNA testing except what is covered here. Thus, I hope to begin as top level as possible. There is a glossary, and each introduced term will be in copperplate font and will be defined there.
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Was Charles TROUTMAN a TROUTMAN at all? – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 8)

I have written here and here about my father’s paternal grandfather Charles TROUTMAN. What I have found out about him is interesting, although limited. I encourage you, if you haven’t yet, to read it.

My brother’s Y-DNA results are coming in. So far, up to the 67 marker level has been returned. At this time, Family Tree DNA has a predicted haplogroup for my brother of R-M269. Continue reading

Do You Ever Wonder Why Your Ancestors Had No Children? (Charles TROUTMAN, I guess.) – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 8)

Wait for it…1…2…3….

Right. Not possible. We all know it seems like many of them had no parents, but no children?

This post is going to fit snugly into the “No Story Too Small” category, as it is 6:15pm EST, and I want to make the 8pm deadline. But it will be a great lead-in to subsequent articles, so I’m not worried.

James Joseph TRAUTMAN, Earl Lawrence TRAUTMAN, and Charles TROUTMAN. My father, his father, and his grandfather, in that order. Each had a child or children, and each left the scene, or seems to have.

This article will be focused on Charles TROUTMAN, the father of my grandfather Earl Lawrence. Continue reading