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    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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              • #8
                I have found numerous problems with paper trail genealogy. Genetic genealogy can be used to straighten it out.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Stevo View Post
                  DNA can be what keeps or makes the family tree accurate.
                  Oh yes, I have corrected my family tree a few times; and dna matches do help to staighten things out.

                  Best regards, Doug

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Stevo View Post
                    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.
                    Wow!!! happy to know -congratulations!

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