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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / DNA ethnicity logic check / Unexpected result
« on: Monday 06 December 21 16:45 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all,

I was wondering if those a bit more knowledgeable about DNA and ethnicity estimates might be able to help me out?

A few months back, I did an Ancestry DNA test and failed to match to anyone on my paternal side, only those on my maternal side. Subsequently, my father agreed to do a DNA test and when we got the results, we failed to match as father and son, thus suggesting we're actually not biologically related - although we have not had a legal paternity test yet to 100% confirm this.

If you're bored and want to read that whole story, then the information can be found in this thread: https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=854302.0

Anyhow, I noted that in my results I had lots of close relative matches to two families in Ireland that none of us had ever heard of and, vice-versa, they had absolutely no idea how we could be related either.

According to my DNA ethnicity estimate, my heritage is between 12 - 40% Irish (according to Ancestry) or about 35% Irish (according to MyHeritage, which was done as a separate, independent test). This surprised all of us as none of our family, paternal or maternal, have connections with Ireland either by marriage or breeding (that we know of).

My father's DNA by comparison came back with a result of 0-4% Irish ancestry. Now, in my logical mind, the only way I could possibly have more Irish ancestry than him would be if it came from my mother's side... but I know that not to be true. So, I am making the working assumption that my biological father would, therefore, have to have been Irish or have a lot of Irish ancestry. Is that a fair assumption?

I'll be honest and say that, as I cannot find any logical link between myself and these previously unknown Irish family members, my working assumption would be that my biological father would either have to be a member of one of those families or be closely related to them?

Basically, I need someone to tell me whether or not my hypothesis could be even remotely accurate, or whether I am just using tenuous syllogisms to create a story that is just not there!  ;D

Any help or assistance in understanding this would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,
Andy

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / GEDMatch
« on: Monday 25 October 21 22:32 BST (UK)  »
Hello all,

I just wanted to check with GEDMatch: is it easy to have your DNA profile deleted from them if you upload it?

And do you need to have uploaded your family tree in order for it to show you matches?

Cheers,
Andy

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Hi all,

I was just wondering if anyone can think of a way that I might be able to search for a UK birth certificate using the mother's first and last names? The birth would have taken place in the mid 70s, so I can't use the GRO site because those records are missing.

Basically, it is possible my mother had another child prior to my birth. I know the approx. year this would have happened and also the county (assuming she wasn't taken elsewhere in secret). If I do a search on FreeBDM there are, naturally, multiple births from women with the same surname in the region, so the only way of narrowing it down would be to use my mother's first name(s) too.

I would attempt to access her medical records but I know I am not able to do so. The only information we have to suggest this is an old birth record for myself which shows she had 1 prior admission, but we're not sure whether it suggests a birth, miscarriage, or an abortion, so I am trying to do a bit of detective work to see if I can solve the mystery.

Many thanks,
Andy

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Missing matches caused by IT issues?
« on: Sunday 17 October 21 16:57 BST (UK)  »
Hi,

I just wondered if anyone had ever had any issues with Ancestry not finding matches to relatives you know you are (or at least should be matched) caused by an actual IT issue? If so, how was this resolved?

The reason I ask is because a 2nd cousin and I should be matching on our DNA but have not. There are other relatives she had matched to, but I have not. Now, this could suggest that she and I are not related at all but I had a DNA match to an ancestor who would be a mutual relative a little further down the line which my cousin does not appear to have a match to. My father has agreed to take a DNA test as he would rightly be genetically related to the both of us, so that might help solve some of the mystery - but I was wondering if anyone had experience a legitimate IT issue which prevented matches from being made?

Best wishes,
Andy

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Somerset / Northam / Marke - Possibly Taunton Area
« on: Wednesday 29 September 21 10:15 BST (UK)  »
Hi,

I'm hoping someone might be able to help me trace a great grandmother, possibly from the Taunton area.

I believe her husband was called Frederick Northam b. circa 1887 (Devon), d. 1962 (Somerset), and she herself had the surname Marke - but I don't know what her first name was. Together they had a daughter called Marina.

I'd be interested in exploring that line further too as I know very little about the maternal side of my family.

Any help would be appreciated,
Andy

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Gloucestershire / Ambrose Jefferies
« on: Tuesday 28 September 21 13:41 BST (UK)  »
Hello,

I am looking to see if anyone might be able to help me shed some light on a man who I think might be one of might be one of my ancestors - and to establish who his parents might have been.

My 3rd Great Grandfather was a man called Job Jefferies (sometimes spelt Jeffries or Jeffreys) born in 1819 in Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire. He was married to a lady called Mary Bartlett. I believe he may have also had a brother called Henry Jefferis (which usually appears to be spelt Jeffries).

Supposedly Job's father was an Ambrose Jefferies. I'm struggling, because I can't seem to find any information on Ambrose. He would have been born in 1772, also in Stow. I am told his first name might have sometimes been written as Amherst, although I am a little confused as to why - as I can find no etymological argument to suggest these names were/are interchangeable.

Would anybody be able to help me identify Ambrose and, ideally, his spouse?

Also, there appears to be some debate in our family as to who his parents were. There are several people who are certain that his father was called James Jeffries - but there is more than one potential person this could be.

A cousin believes that his parents may have been James Jeffries and Mary Ellis. I can find historical records that James and Mary had many children (they were clearly busy bunnies):

Job Jeffries
Jane Jeffries
Johnathan Purbrick Jeffries
Jemima Jeffries
Jeffrey Amhest Jeffries
Carolina Matilda Jeffries
Jeffery Jeffries
Bongoyne Jeffries
Jemima Jeffries (possibly named after a sister of the same name who died young)
Jeibre Jeffries
Eliza Jeffries
Daniel Jeffries

...but, as you can see, no Ambrose Jeffries. Considering Amherst as an alternative way of spelling Ambrose, I have begun to consider two possibilities:

1. Ambrose Jeffries is Jeffrey Amhest Jeffries - just with Jeffrey having been dropped from his name;

2. Ambrose Jeffries is a completely different person whose father also happens to be called James and also happens to come from Stow - which would be a heck of a coincidence, but not out of the realms of possibility.

Is there anybody at all who could help me solve this mystery? It would be greatly appreciated if you could!

Best wishes,
Andy

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