So Who Is He? Part V

This is risky. However, I am running out of ideas. There are challenges inherent in cases of adoption, where dodgy pre-adoption paperwork and the lack of legal recognition where genealogy based DNA research is concerned. It limits one’s options regarding the tracing of a close biological relative. Essentially, because Bio Granddad is not on the…

So Who Is He? Part III

A 3rd cousin Nugent match. Surnames of matches can’t always be taken as a “hint” as to how you connect to them. The only way to work this out is to contact that person, if a tree isn’t connected to the DNA profile in question. There was no tree, so I contacted the Nugent match….

So Who Is He? Part II

So where was I? Ah yes. W.  W popped up as a match about this time last year. Categorised as a third cousin by Ancestry, she matched Mum with 93cM shared over 6 DNA segments. She didn’t match any of the known biological maternal side, nor did she match the Purcill/Cowell/Kable/Wells paternal surnames/matches that had been…

So Who Is He? Part I

I have had immense trouble writing this. Knowing how much to divulge and how much to keep to myself has been a point of contention for over a month now. But, given the amount of support I’ve received from so many of you over the past year and a bit, it’s time some specifics were…

We Have A Match

AncestryDNA has been insanely efficient with churning out results of late. I sent away Bio Granddad’s first cousin’s (we will call her H!) DNA sample on the 6th of August and the results came through yesterday (the 24th of August)! I am so glad, as the incessant checking of our DNA homepages was getting distracting….

DNA Match Influx

Mum has been getting an unusual amount of highish matches on the biological paternal side lately. Three matches in the third cousin range, two on on Potential Bio Granddad’s mother’s side of the family, one on his father’s side in the last week! Plus, a handful of matches in the fourth cousin range as well….

Disappearing Acts, Calculated Risks and a Visit to Dungog…Again.

Sunday last week went as normal…I was preparing to begin Semester 2 of uni the following day, had a shift at my retail job…the usual. I finished up my shift and as I was leaving, noticed that I had a missed call from a number I didn’t recognise. Listening to the voicemail message that was…

Week 24: Fathers Day/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

It actually isn’t Fathers Day here in Australia (ours is in September)…so instead of that, I’ll give an update on the search, which has been the focus these past two weeks. I’ve done a complete 360 as to my theory of who Mum’s father is, in a matter of this past fortnight. And, as it…

T.S.

Things have been at a bit of a stalemate re: Mum’s ‘Who’s The Daddy’ mystery. It’s been a busy seven months for us, from having family members leaving for overseas for extended periods, my adoptive grandfather’s health scare, to me beginning postgrad study and juggling that with my jobs (yes, plural!). And I know that’s…

Rebecca Kelly: Where Did You Spring From?

Continuing on from my post about old mate Samuel West  (or Sammy, as I call him when I’m feeling particularly frustrated at the dead ends he and his parents present whilst I’m researching them), it is apparent that the identity and heritage of his Mum is something of a common theme in the extended family. In…