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  • Broke Through a Genealogical Brick Wall

    Back in July of 2018 I got a small (9 cMs) match at Ancestry DNA with a man with my surname who has a solid paper trail to two people whom I suspected are my fifth great grandparents. I was thrilled. I sent him several messages in July and August asking him to have his y-dna tested with Family Tree DNA, but I never got an answer. Needless to say, I was heartbroken. Then, in November of that same year, I was looking at that match again at Ancestry and decided to give messaging him one more try. This time, however, I prayed first and asked God for help. Miraculously, within a couple of days, the man answered and agreed to order a Y-111 test and pay for it himself, even though I had offered to pay for a Y-37 test! THANK YOU, GOD!

    On 04 Jan 2019, his Y-111 results came in, and he matches me 110/111! Not only that, but he also ordered a Family Finder test and matches me on 31 cMs with a longest block of 16 cMs! He shares matches with me to my dad, my youngest son, and a number of my other paternal line matches. I could sense his own amazement at the results, which he proved by upgrading to the Big Y-700. Needless to say, this man is also a Big Y-700 match for me.

    Thanks to God and to Family Tree DNA, I now have confirmation of the identity of my fifth great grandparents, both of whom were born about 1750, one, Augustine Stevens, in Maryland, and the other, Sophia Young, in England.

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    Congratulations!

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    • #3
      Thanks a lot!

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      • #4
        So happy for your success. I have also discovered biological family, closest matches so far, niece & great nephew. Not bad for an adoptee who knew nothing in 2009.

        Best regards, Doug
        Kit#122883

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DWFlineage View Post
          So happy for your success. I have also discovered biological family, closest matches so far, niece & great nephew. Not bad for an adoptee who knew nothing in 2009.

          Best regards, Doug
          Kit#122883
          Great work! Congratulations! DNA testing is pretty amazing.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Stevo View Post

            Great work! Congratulations! DNA testing is pretty amazing.
            Yes it is together with an accurate family tree.

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            • #7
              DNA can be what keeps or makes the family tree accurate.

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