Wednesday, December 30, 2015

James PonyBill Carmon's Grave

Just found my great grandpa's grave site online:


JAMES “PONY BILL” CARMON b. June 14, 1916 d. May 12, 1989 Age 73

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Pitt County, the basics

History Lesson:



So i've been M.I.A for a while. I started a new job months ago. I actually have 2, now 3 jobs right now. Two of which are based from home. So I am very busy....

However, family history is always on my mind. Even more so after watching 3 episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? this past week. Ron Bergeron's French-Canadian roots and Zooey Deshanel's family ties to the Abolitionist (anti-slavery) movement and the Underground Railroad have inspired me to return to my genealogical search.

I need to start from the beginning
Pitt County, North Carolina (which includes Winterville and Greenville, family locations) was founded in 1760. 

There are quite a few historical societies based on Pitt Co. I will need to revisit them

Sunday, February 1, 2015

So apparently 23andMe updated matches sometime today. Some of my family's newest matches come from:

Thailand, via Mom (Our first match from this country but not our first Asian match)
Cape Verde

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I will add everyone else another time....But not tonight!
K7b admix






World 9


Harappa World



V3 admixture


Dodecad Africa 9


Eurogenes K36


Eurogenes K13


MDLP World 22


I don't think i've done this yet so i'm going to upload the results for myself and the rest of my family for each of the genetic calculators on Gedmatch. In pie chart form. I've shared a lot of our results otherwise.

Using MDLP K23b:



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Courtesy of Radiant Roots, Boricua Branches

Courtesy of Radiant Roots, Boricua Branches

The above blog post was made in an effort to help those of us trying to uncover possible Malagasy roots. The writer herself is of Malagasy ancestry. So while the rest of us are trying to find mere signs of remnants of the Malagasy, she herself has a haplogroup that is in fact exclusive to Madagascar. Fortunately enough she created her post to help people struggling with both issues. I followed her suggestions of using the specific genetic calculators mentioned on Gedmatch and searching for the components which make up the Malagasy genepool. These are meant to be taken together. One can't just assume Malagasy ancestry only having one or two of these. 

Here is a spreadsheet of my family's results:

Teresa's comments:
You need to now research where your ancestors resided as well as look at the haplogroups of your DNA cousins on Gedmatch. If everything looks positive, you may want to have a mtDNA test done or have a male relative take a Y-DNA test. The more proof you have, the better. You results look good though.


In addition to this I spoke once more to my mother about the Native American legend that i've been hearing for so long now. There seems to be some confusion about whether it is Native American or Indian, as in the country India. This is not helped by the fact that we seem to have both ancestries. I am infinitely confused and so this can only be solved by trying to locate the mother of my great grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Griffin. He is my grandmother's father and apparently it is suppose to be his mother that is supposed to be the bearer of this ancestry. So I will have to see if she is listed as anything out of the ordinary on the census. Hopefully once we locate her one piece of the puzzle will be revealed.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The things you find while searching for other things:

"Yuchi Indians living in the Savannah River Basin of South Carolina and Georgia proudly honor all their ancestors: An interview with their Principal Chief, Lonzado Langley.
It is one of those many secrets of American history that have been kept out of news articles, textbooks and Wikipedia. Coretta Scott, the future wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was more Creek Indian than anything else. Typical of many families in the Southeast, her ancestors came from three races, Native American, African and European. Perry County, Alabama, where she grew up, contains many Creek families, who were in the past forced into a “Colored” label by the South’s segregation laws."

Native ancestry

According to 23andMe, on standard mode, my family is:

Me: 1.1% East Asian and Native American (1.4% in speculative mode)
Mother: 1.2% (1.5%)
Grandmother: 1.1% (1.4%)
Grandfather: 0.7% (0.8%)
Uncle: 0.8% (1.1%)

The average for Native ancestry in African Americans is about at my grandfather/uncle's standard range. So anything above that is considered more substantial/significant. So for now it looks like we may have Native ancestry via one of grandma's ancestors. This is pretty cool as we would be one of those rare African American families whose stories of Native ancestry turn out to be more than just oral legend, as it seems more often the case.

I suspect that my grandma probably has more like 3-5% dna East Asian and Native American dna, though the majority probably comes from SE Asia. The amount given for native ancestry is most likely correct.

If this site is any indication it looks like we're looking at approx. grandma's great-great-great for native ancestry. Hopefully one day we'll connect the dots.

"Additional relatives of my grandfather Paul Youngman have been tested by 23andMe including two first cousins and two second cousins. These cousins also descend from John M. Armstrong and their DNA results indicate that they each have between four and six Asian segments. My mother, her first cousins, and her second cousins on the Armstrong side have approximately 1% Asian ancestry as per their Ancestry Painting profiles. Since my mother is a great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Chief Tarhe one would expect that approximately 1/128 of her autosomal DNA came from him. The DNA evidence suggests that my mother does indeed have Native American ancestry and it seems highly probable that her only Native American ancestor within the past seven generations is Chief Tarhe.

Autosomal DNA has the potential to reveal much about our ancestral origins. In my case 23andMe’s Ancestry Painting feature and the Native American Ancestry Finder tool have helped confirm my Native American ancestry on the Armstrong side of my family, but have disproved any Native American ancestry on the Lawrence side. I would encourage others who have been tested by 23andMe to review their results using these tools. You might be surprised with what you find!"


Sunday, January 25, 2015

I have just messaged all of the people that are both a M/P match for my mother and uncle on 23andMe. Seems a good place to start. My uncle and mother's parents have both been sequenced so it's easier to separate matches into those that may be the children or children's children (etc) of their parents, and then work on M and P matches separately.