7 April 2009Dear Palmers,
When my elder brother received his yDNA 37 results, one marker showed a different value than the kits of my cousin and me. Well, we always knew he was different, and now we had proof of it. And to tell the truth, he is partial to the mutant explanation. My reading suggests that such mutations were much more common in the past, when older men had more chance to father children. But then my brother is elder to me, which lends a bit more credence to the story he's always told; a strangely glowing object streaking from the heavens set the barn afire the night he was born...
This last week I received the results from the yDNA 37 testing of my 4th cousin. Both of us have a proven paper record back to our ancestor, John Palmer otherwise Worthington, b. abt 1784, Norton Disney in Lincolnshire; some 170 years between his birth and mine. My 4th cousin matched me, 12 for 12, 24 for 25, and 35 for 37. My FTDNA page shows genetic distance of 3 between us. McGee's utility for calculating Time to Most Recent Common Ancestor, http://www.mymcgee.com/tools/yutility.html
predicts that our common ancestor should have been about 450 years ago. The paper record shows only 170 years. Go figure.
A word on my project: I want to find antecedents to my ancestor, John Palmer otherwise Worthington. But the paper trail has long since gone cold, and there is some question about the parentage of John. Was there a non-paternity event (NPE) involved? So I'm hoping that yDNA testing can give direction where the printed record has failed. To validate my yDNA results, I persuaded my brother & cousin to test. To prove that my paper record was accurate I began searching for a cousin descended from my 3rd great-uncle, which now I have found and received the results. It confirms the historical record. The next step will be the hardest so far; to find a 5th cousin and persuade him to yDNA test.
Searching for cousins can be as rewarding as searching for ancestors. Each discovery is satisfaction, knowing that I am that much closer to my goal. For the search of my 4th cousin, I used Anglican & Primitive Baptist parish records, English census records, and the UK's General Record Office (GRO) birth, marriage and death certificates. Finally on a death certificate, I found the name of an informant, to whom I wrote. Eureka! They answered.
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