In April of this year, one of my distant relatives (by blood – close by choice!), sent me an email to let me know that she had ordered a 67-marker DNA test from Family Tree so that her first cousin (again, a distant cousin to me) could take it in order to get some information on the ancestors of our ancestor – Jacob Johnson born December 11, 1787 in New Jersey. Johnson, according to Wikipedia, is the 2nd most common surname in the United States. Good Grief! At least it’s not Smith! My cousin told me that the Johnson project had 1000 members!
At the end of May, I received another communication from my cousin. She reported that the common 12 marker test showed that we belonged in Hapologroup R1b1a2 – common to Europe, the United Kingdom. That didn’t surprise me. The variation showed R1b1a2a1a1a – the country is “unidentified.” Good Grief!
Fast forward another month and a half to July, and more information came back – including the names of some other men who “matched” my distant cousin. Several emails have been traded back and forth and family information has been shared. However, there aren’t any known relationship between their ancestors and our Jacob Johnson. We did see that there are a lot of the same given names: Jacob, John, James, and William. But then again, those names are almost as commonplace as Johnson! Good Grief!
I have tons of information to try to sort out – I think I have finally straightened out all the emails so I have a way to read all of them without resorting to different folders in my email. Now, I just need to decide on a good way to sort out all of this information.
I do feel that I’m not “pulling my weight” as far as research right now. The gal who started the ball rolling on this DNA project and one of our other cousins, have been digging into tax lists, land records, and other types of documents to glean as much as they can out of them while I have been reading and feeling pretty overwhelmed! Perhaps once I am able to sort names, places, and dates, I’ll have a better handle on what still needs to be done!
Source: Family Tree DNA image from www.familytreedna.com, 2001-2012 Genealogy by Genetics, Ltd. 28 July 2012.
Source: Emails from Virginia Nuta: April 10, 2012; May 24, 2012; July 2, 2012.
Source: Johnson surname rank – Wikipedia.
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