The Lost Grandmother: atDNA and a 19th Family Mystery

Presented by Larry Cates, family history librarian at High Point (Guilford Co., N.C.) Public Library and editor of the Guilford Genealogist, as he walks you through how he identified the parents of a woman born in North Carolina but married in Virginia and who died before death records were kept. There were no obvious conventional clues to her parents’ identity. This 19th-century case yielded its secrets with moderate effort using the DNA results of the lady’s great-great granddaughter. In this case, documentary evidence was later found to substantiate the findings. You can achieve similar results using the same method. 

Process for research of Guilford County residents Samuel & Edward Taylor, Allen Stack b.1805, and Elliot Dixon b.1803

Larry Cates, High Point Library genealogist and Guilford Genealogist Journal editor, will use three pre 1850 ancestors as an example to locate hard-to-find records.

High Point Library Genealogy YouTube Page

High Point Library Heritage Research Center and Genealogist Larry Cates, MLIS, have a YouTube webpage loaded with pointers to help find our ancestors. Take a look. You will be glad you did.

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