During the summer of 2010 I began to research my biological family tree. It has been extremely addicting!
I have found I have 15 ancestors that were on the Mayflower-
4 Brewsters: Elder William Brewster, my 10th great grandfather and his wife. Also two son's Love & Wrestling my 9th great grand uncles.
4 Fullers: Samuel Fuller my 9th great grandfather, and my 9th great grand uncles Edward Fuller and William Fuller. Also, Mrs. Edward Fuller.
3 Eatons: Also Francis & Sarah Eaton my 9th great grand parents, along with their infant son, Samuel, my 8th great grandfather.
4 Billingtons: My 9th great grandfather Francis, his parents Eleanor & John my 10th great grandparents, and my 9th great grand uncle, John.
My lines also cross twice and I recently found out that about 437 years ago I have direct ancestors in common with my husband.
I am also researching my sister's father's Duffey ancestors and my brother's Personett(e) ancestors and my mother's Kohler, Ballas, Miller, Ellwood, Devore, and Penrod ancestors.
My mother never knew you biological father. She was born in 1945 in New York City. She was born out of an affair. She was then adopted within the family. Well, I had my DNA tested in 2015 and I immediately had a match to a 2nd cousin. In reviewing my match's tree it was clear that the connection HAD to be through my mom's biological father. After researching how to use DNA to find adopted parents my quest to find my mother's biological father, my grandfather, began.
First, I had to recreate my 2nd cousin's tree by making what is called a "mirror tree" and attach MY DNA to her in that tree. In creating her tree I had to research it as far back and as deep as I could. Many many hours have been spent on this project!!! The goal was to then hopefully get a DNA match to someone on Ancestry that I shared a hint/leaf with in HER "mirror" tree. Much of my work was spent adding names and ruling out men who could not be my grandfather because of their age or ethnicity. All the while hoping that I would get a DNA match to my "mirror" tree. Then on Feb. 14th 2016 I thought I should check it and sure enough I had a DNA match to someone in the mirror tree. Then literally 2 days later I had another. So all my work was worth it. I can not tell you my excitement!!!
Then I researched how the connection between me, my 2nd cousin match, and other DNA matches would look on paper. I added the two other matches to her tree and I worked backwards to fill in as much as I could on my paper connection. To be 2nd cousins there can only be so many different possibilities so I ruled out the obvious and keep going. Which led me to Mary Miller, Eliza Ellwood's daughter with Barnabus Miller. I began adding links on Find a Grave to her family, especially after finding her photo on Ancestry... realizing my mother greatly resembles her.
Subsequently, I am so close to solving this mystery. It's amazing to me that there is no one alive to tell me anything about who my mom's biological father is but that DNA could solve the mystery in the end!
I was also able to prove who my biological father is through DNA!!!!
I am a special education teacher and I'm married with one son and a step daughter.
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RE: Elfrieda O Gunkel Schuster Hi Teddi, I have some more photos of Gunkels and Schusters to post, as soon as I figure out my updated computer program. Hopefully it will be today. I remember going to Gunkels Bakery as a kid and spending my lunch money on their cashew nuts. They still have the best Persians, although the bakery is now run by the Draeger family.
bowman Hello if you do not know the Bowmans had and it is still there Bowmans castle which you can see on the web just type in Bowmans castle---it is used as a museum. I purchased an 1879 gothic church across from the Christ episcopal church where the Bowmans are buried---will get some pic's as time permits. sonya