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Re: Could DNA testing help discover father of my illegitimate Grandmother?
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday 19 December 17 01:22 GMT (UK) »
This is interesting, not a bad result for a 1% match and some hard work.

http://www.bbc.com/news/stories-42256465

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Re: Could DNA testing help discover father of my illegitimate Grandmother?
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday 19 December 17 07:55 GMT (UK) »
If your grandmother's father had other children.  Legitimately or illegitimately their grandchildren would show up as 3rd 4th or 5th cousin matches to you on Ancestry if the places of birth of their great grandfather s matched that could be a clue   again I was lucky that my great grandfather s family had emigrated to USA where a lot more people do the DNA testing also that they knew the country of origin of the patriarch .

You may be lucky if his later grandchildren are still alive their DNA may match your own

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Re: Could DNA testing help discover father of my illegitimate Grandmother?
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 19 December 17 08:53 GMT (UK) »
A sibling or Aunty or Uncle of his would also show DNA. I have heard where a lady found her birth mother on a DNA match of 10%. The mother did not do a DNA test but a distant relative of hers did. The lady who was looking for her birth mother looked at all her matches even down to the very low cM and saw that this person that matched her on 10% had a middle name which was her mothers maiden name and this was all the lady knew of her mother.
DNA gets weaker as you go back generations. But it is worth looking at all your DNA matches.

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Re: Could DNA testing help discover father of my illegitimate Grandmother?
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 19 December 17 09:29 GMT (UK) »
Thank you everyone for these extra posts.  The next time I can get over to South Shields in the New Year I will ask at the records office to see if they may have an affiliation order tucked away somewhere.

I do wonder whether he may have died before my Grandmother was born?  When doing research I have come across people dying suddenly of illness which they likely would have survived today and occupational death such as mine accidents and death at sea.  My Great Grandmother 's brother was drowned at sea in 1902 just beyond the Shields piers when a storm started.  He was an apprentice pilot.  There was an attempt to save the two men in the boat but they only had time to save one and so my Great Grandmother's brother was washed away and drowned according to the Shields Gazette.  The man who was saved was called James Carter and he later gave medals to all his rescuers.

It would be fortunate though if my Great Grandfather had other children and if there might be a possibility of DNA matches through their lines.  Would an autosomal test be the one to go for? 

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Re: Could DNA testing help discover father of my illegitimate Grandmother?
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday 19 December 17 09:46 GMT (UK) »
Yes the Autosomal is family finder one [ FTDNA ] Do you have Ancestry Subscription..as It was Ancestry DNA which helped me knock down my 20 odd year old brickwall. Ancestry DNA do have a tool which you can put in a surname and or Place which matches you to those who are DNA linked.
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Re: Could DNA testing help discover father of my illegitimate Grandmother?
« Reply #14 on: Wednesday 21 February 18 01:10 GMT (UK) »
I believe my DNA test may have done exactly this.

My maternal grandmother was born in 1926, and her mother never revealed the identity of the father.

My recent DNA test showed two second cousins in Ireland (309cm over 16), one of whom has been really forthcoming. He told me that he knew his connection with the other guy, their grandparents were siblings, but there was no obvious link with me. The family had stayed in the same region of Ireland for years, and I had no traceable history there.

But then he told me that three great great uncles had moved to Birmingham, were my great grandmother was, in the 1920s. It seems highly likely that one of them is my great grandfather. My mum is doing a test now, just to cut the odds down further.

I don't know if we'll ever be sure which brother it was, there's no-one left in living memory, but it's interesting to research. My new Irish cousin has told me of an ancestor who was a printed author, and things like that I never could have found out through genealogy alone, due to legitimacy.
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