[ExI] 23andme again

John Tracy Cunningham johntc at gmail.com
Thu Jun 13 06:29:18 UTC 2013

I did FTDNA a while back and got a very strong Y-DNA match with a guy whose
surname wasn't Cunningham.  So I emailed him.  I'm from Illinois, and he
was in New Hampshire.  We compared genealogies.  Took a while, but bottom
line: My grandfather and his grandmother were friendly in Illinois before
they married other people.  We're first cousins.

My strongest Y-DNA match is a guy in Georgia, also not a Cunningham, and we
still haven't figured that out...



On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 12:48 AM, spike <spike at rainier66.com> wrote:

> ** **
> ** **
> I did 23AndMe, got a list of genetic matches, found several with the same
> obscure name which doesn’t match any names in my extensive genealogy.  I
> managed to contact one of the family members who also had access to an
> extensive and accurate genealogy.  We compared notes and found no common
> names.  But we kept working at it, and now we have found that the two
> families’ trajectories crossed briefly in a small community of about 400
> souls way the hell out in the middle of nowhere in the 1860s, a place that
> is still little more than a gas stop on the freeway, on the way to
> somewhere else.  I am coming up genetically related to them for completely
> unexplained reasons, but we noticed that in 1866, my great great
> grandfather for whom I named my own son, was aged 23 years and was looking
> for a place to live after his North Carolina farm was wrecked by General
> Sherman’s boys.  The inexplicably-related cousins are apparently descended
> from a local girl who was 17 in that year.****
> ** **
> I haven’t proven it yet so it is merely a suspicion based on it being a
> convenient explanation for a collection of baffling observations.  There is
> much detective work to do.  But what a sitch: these two sleepwalkers get
> caught nearly a century and a half later.****
> ** **
> The human genome project was supposed to help us solve humanities most
> vexing medical problems.  Instead it is helping us figure out long after
> the fact who was jumping whom and when.  It’s the scientific version of
> using all that internet bandwidth to exchange pornography.****
> ** **
> spike ****
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