2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks  Week 15 (April 8 – 14) DNA

2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Week 15 (April 8 – 14) DNA

“first” joined Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on its “first” year in 2014… and what a whirlwind year that was… writing, editing and researching daily for 365 days! As much as I wanted to continue the following year, I found that I didn’t have the time to continue another year with that type of research… although I did continue blogging and writing stories at my own pace, which allowed me to write on other topics as well as family stories when ideas came my way… but I’ve often missed it. The first year were no specific weekly prompts like today… but I’m taking a different spin on them. There will be some posts on a specific ancestor, but most will be memories that spring from those prompts. Head over to 2014 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks to read about my ancestors in the first years challenge.

If you’re new to genealogy, make your “first” stop to Amy’s website for genealogy ideas or even join in on this 52 Week challenge… you learn by doing… not procrastinating! There is no right or wrong… anything you do is a start!

DNA chart


The “DNA” on Ancestry made updates last year… changing everyone’s original percentages… some good… some unexpected! The picture above is my original DNA results – below is updated results.

DNA story chart Updated estimates

DNA story chart Updated Whats no longer there

The initial Europe West of 48% has updated to Great Britain at 71%. My Ireland/Scotland/Wales of 35%, decreased to now 20%, a fifteen percent decrease. I lost totally the Finland/Northwest Russia 2% and Europe South of 1%. I’d wondered where I figured in on the Russia DNA… I now have 7% DNA of Norway descent and 2% of Swedish roots to figure out!

DNA matches

My DNA matches tell me I have over 1000 new cousins to weed through… so very overwhelming!


Why did my DNA change? Ancestry says that they now have over 16,000 reference samples, instead of the 3,000 which they used to analyze my sample. I’m wondering if our DNA samples will continue to change as more people test?

A little Ancestry DNA info: DNA is made up of strings of four different letters: A, C, G, and T. Our old algorithm looked at one letter at a time, and based on where that letter appeared in your DNA, it decided where that bit of DNA came from. Our new algorithm reads longer stretches of your DNA at once, making it easier to identify regions of the world where you ancestor once roamed.

My last DNA post showed 30 circles, but since that post …. they have increased to now 36 circles. While they aren’t definitive… it’s another tool offered in looking to prove or disprove your ancestor… and discover new cousins. Another tool called “Thrulines” is now, somewhat, taking over the circles… it’s become the hot topic in the genealogy blogs lately… I need to take a peek!

36 DNA CIRCLES (My last comparison was 30 circles)

DNA circles 1

Sarah “Sally” Free initially was at 14 members, now 26; Martin Free was at 48, now 107; Elizabeth Oswald was at 45, now 98; James Bryan was 32, now 101 members.

DNA circles 2

Berrien Clark Bryan was 7, now 26; Elizabeth Cain first had 27 members, now 90; Samuel H. Gooch had 7, now at 22; William McKinley was originally at 5, now I have 19 members sharing DNA.

DNA circles 3

Sarah Beaty had 5 members originally, now at 19; Berilla Priscilla Free was 6, now at 23; John Andrew Jackson Grizzle was 30, now 116; Sarah “Sally” Taylor was at 37, now at 136 members.

DNA circles 4

Robert C. Wilson was at 5, now 22; Jemimah Hines was 3, now 23 members; Elizabeth “Betsy” Grizzle had 6 members, now there are 24; Tillman D. Gooch was 13, now 27 members.

DNA circles 5

Isham Meadows had 46, now at 84; John Beaty initially had 5 members, now there are 10; Serena Kittrell had 5, now at 14; NewElizabeth Connell at 22 members.

DNA circles 6

William McKinley Sr. was originally 12 members, now 25 members; NewPenelope Owsley at 16 members; William D. Meadows was 6, now 12 members.

DNA circles 7

NewFrancis Beaty at 6 members; NewMartha Mitchell at 6 members; NewMillac / Millet Collins at 6 members; NewWilliam Madison Bryan at 4 members. (It’s taken this long for my William Madison Bryan to show up)

DNA circles 8

Margaret UNK was 11, now 19 members; NewLittleton Mapp at 5 members; NewMary Harvey at 9 members; New – James Askew at 7 members.

DNA circles 9

Timothy Fortner was originally 7 members, at 4 members now… what happened there?; NewRobert Howson Mapp at 6 members; NewMartha Barnes at 4 members; James Arthur “Jim Art” Grizzle was 11, now at 20 members.

All these changes, especially adding more members into my circles, tells me that there more people are testing their DNA… interesting to see the changes!


I’ve lost Circles of:


  • James Gooch (5th great grandfather) James is the son of Tillman Gooch, who was in my circles… but he was never my grandfather… his brother Samuel Gooch was, and he is in my circles. 
  • Francis Goode (4th great grandmother) I don’t have her in my ancestry tree.
  • Clementh Cavender (maternal grandfather of wife of fourth great uncle
  • Rachael Rebecca Dedman (Married to Clementh Cavender) 1778-1852 (maternal grandmother of wife of fourth great uncle (I don’t see connections to Clementh or Rachael in any of my line, but who knows)
  • Sally Troutman (5th great grandmother) (She was in my tree married to William R. “Billy” Justice, and mother of Elizabeth Troutman mar. to Tillman Gooch. I did find a marriage certificate to a Nancy Miller in 1850 in Sutter, California for him; this was after it was told that he left his wife, Elizabeth Troutman, and went out West. I have not found an actual marriage certificate from him to Sally Troutman… maybe they were never married, but she had children with him. Many list a marriage date of 1819 in Greenville, S.C.; I have not been able to document this as yet)

New: A gain of 11 Circles…

  • Robert Howson Mapp (3rd great grandfather)
  • Martha Barnes (3rd great grandmother)
  • Littleton Mapp (4th great grandfather)
  • Mary Harvey (3rd great grandmother)
  • James Askew (4th great grandfather)
  • Francis Beaty (5th great grandfather)
  • Martha Mitchell (5th great grandmother)
  • Millac / Millet Collins (4th great grandmother)
  • William Madison Bryan (2nd great grandfather) I questioned that maybe the “t” that I had on his name in the very beginning was the problem, so I removed it… but it took a long time to finally show in my circles.
  • Penelope Owsley (5th great grandmother)
  • Elizabeth Connell (4th great grandmother)

Ancestry once said the DNA circles go back 6 generations – I’m still waiting for no 6! Maybe they’ll break down my brick wall on John Bryan for me… that would be getting my money’s worth!

DNA new ancestors

New Ancestor discoveries that are not in my family tree, but listed to me as a possible connection through DNA: I will be checking into…

  • Margaret Friendess Eidson (1835-1913)
  • Jeptha Robert Wood (1847-1917)
  • Joseph Manning Runyan (1842-1905)
  • Sarah Baker (1846-1890)

Do you share any of my DNA lines… Contact me, I’m waiting…

To read my previous DNA posts… click HERE

Stay tuned for Week 16… Out of Place

Continue reading 2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks over HERE!

To read more Family Stories… click HERE.


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