My recent Mirror Tree obsession has made me realize that having a consistent method of organizing Ancestry DNA matches is key for finding the most elusive ancestors. Are you overwhelmed by the hundreds of ‘4th cousin or closer’ Ancestry DNA matches, and not sure what to do with them? Have you been struggling with how to identify which of your Ancestry DNA cousin matches make good Mirror Tree candidates? Using the Ancestry stars to distinguish your DNA Matches may help you maneuver around these common DNA challenges. Continue reading Using Ancestry Stars to Distinguish DNA Matches
I gave compelling evidence in The Biological Father of my Foundling Ancestor that William Norsworthy Gordon is my great grandfather. A living direct descendant of William N. Gordon agreed to take a DNA test, and the results have arrived. The descendant is a granddaughter of William Norsworthy, and if my theory is correct, her father would be my grandfather’s half-brother. Her DNA matched 306 centiMorgans (cM) and 22 segments with my mother. According to Blaine Bettinger’s shared cM relationship chart (see below), this DNA match fits in the 1st to 2nd cousin range. This is the range that I expected, and proves that I really have found my biological great- grandfather, and that mirror trees really do work. Continue reading Mirror Trees Really Do Work
The real work with mirror trees is not in creating them, but what you do with them once they are created. If you have created a mirror tree, and do not know how to use it to discover those hard-to-find family members, then you are at the right blog. Continue reading I Have Created a Mirror Tree, Now What?
After exploring mirror trees with the main roadblock of my family tree (my foundling grandfather), I now have a better understanding of what a mirror tree is, and how useful it can be for revealing ancestors that left incomplete paper trails. Mirror trees offer a method for organizing genetic DNA matches to help those with unknown ancestors (adoptees, orphans and foundlings) identify biological ancestors.
Here are five steps to create a mirror tree:
I have recently joined a great Facebook Group called DNA Detectives that I believe was started by Cece Moore one of the genealogists on Genealogy Roadshow. It is a group dedicated for those using DNA to locate biological family of adoptees. Besides being inspired from all of the posts from those that have connected with lost family members, I have gotten a lot of great ideas for new research strategies for finding my grandfather’s biological family. Continue reading Mirror Mirror on the Tree