In the last two articles, I looked at the shortcomings of the DNA research into our Hamilton line. In this article, I will take a look at the positive side. What have we gained?
My sister recently tested the autosomal DNA of a cousin on our mother's side. A person inherits autosomal DNA from both their mother and father, unlike y-DNA which comes only from their father.
I ask Fields family members and experts in early North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky genealogy to be patient with me and this article.
In the last article we learned that the parents of Joseph Hamilton of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland, were John Hamilton and Jane Hazlett. What can we say about this couple?
In 1841 Joseph Hamilton, age 20, was living in his mother Jean (Hazlett) Hamilton's household on Donny Holm Street in Kilbirnie. He had been born in Ireland and was working as a coal miner.
... When you put my family's paternal Hamilton y-DNA results and our maternal O'Rourke y-DNA results side by side, something doesn't really make much sense.
I have become interested in the family of Preston Fields who was born about 1795 probably in Tennessee, and if so, then likely in Hawkins County.
... If your DNA matches someone else, it means you are related to them. DNA doesn't lie ... If someone submits their DNA to a project and says that their earliest known ancestor is John Doe Hamilton, it doesn't mean a thing.
In the first two articles we placed Preston Fields and Hiram Lansford Fields in Hawkins County, Tennessee, in 1796 and afterward. That was the easy part.
As mentioned in the last article, the results have come back for my cousin's autosomal DNA test at FamilyTreeDNA.com.
Before I talk about the DNA test results, a little background. When I first started researching my family the only thing I knew about my maternal grandfather's grandparents were that they were named James Rourke and Ann Colgan.
My cousin and I have a great-grandmother named Anna Cunningham so I wrote to two different Cunningham contacts about the DNA matches. The odd thing is that their DNA matched ours but didn't match each other ...
The first time I wrote about the O'Rourke y-DNA matches, I ended the article on a despondent note ... Since then we have had a few more matches ...
We were tested on 67 markers the first time, and on 37 markers the second. Here are the facts. I don't know what conclusions to draw, but I will give it a try afterward.
I looked again at the family of Thomas Hamilton of Bedford County, Virginia. Specifically, I looked at the DNA results that have been submitted from his descendants ...