I last wrote about an AncestryDNA match who was a possible cousin through Jacob and Catharine (___) Snyder and Jacob and Magdalena (Brey) Wolf. This post is about what I learned by mining our Shared Matches.
According to Ancestry, I have 363 DNA matches who are 4th cousins or closer. Parsing through them all to identify where we match is no small undertaking. However, sometimes it pays to spend the time building out a match’s family tree.
One of the most common difficulties in researching your family is the common, repetitive use of given names in families. This can not only make it difficult to correctly identify men of the same name. This is a situation that I’ve run into in my Landis family.
My 4x great grandmother, Molly (Landis) Hocker, had a short life, but left behind two children, including my 3x great grandfather Levi.
As I reported last year in “A Beautiful Circle,” I am a member of both the Philip Hoover and Hannah Thomas circles on AncestryDNA™. I decided to see if I could find additional evidence of the connection through my other Ancestry matches.
Working to catch-up on my 52 Ancestors post, here’s one regarding my 4x great grandfather John Witmer of Milford Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
A Greulich family photo from the archives for this Wordless Wednesday post.
I’ve been spending a lot of time—a real lot of time—working with my Ancestry DNA, FTDNA, and GEDmatch results, working through my match lists, compiling data. The question is what exactly do I expect—or hope—to achieve from all this time and effort?
Several weeks ago, Ancestry released their newest tool: Genetic Communities. These communities are based on some pretty cool work with the DNA of millions of AncestryDNA test-takers. Mine were right on target.
I recently came across a reference to a Christopher Hocker who was living in Ohio in the early 1800s. Could this finally be a sighting of Christopher, son of Johann George and Anna Margaretha (Weidman) Hocker, who allegedly ran off to Ohio about 1808?