Researching The Past (Ancestry.com Findings)
In the past two years I became interested in finding out my family genealogy. I was told all our “facts” by my parents during childhood but somehow their stories didn’t seem legitimate. I knew my father’s descendants were late comers from Germany. The Korves family arrived to America during the 19th century. Unfortunately, being farmers and blue collar workers by trade, the Korves family’s focus was not on their history but in feeding their kids and making a living . So that is as much as I knew about my father’s descendants.
My mothers side, the West family, could never decided on what we were. First we had to be Irish, then Scottish, and finally Danish. Who would guess the kids from the West family didn’t take interest in their past? Even if we were interested where would we start?
Forward to 2017 with all the DNA testing commercials blanketing the advertising airwaves. I thought it would a good time to find out just how German the Korves family really was. So I ordered a DNA spit test and I got my answers back in a few weeks time. I must admit I was totally shocked at the test results. I thought for certain I would have at least fifty percent German DNA. The test results stated otherwise. It was made up of seventy nine percent British DNA. I asked myself how this could be true since I knew for a fact my father’s family came from Germany? I began researching for the answers.
These were my initial results. Ancestry.com has recently changed their ethnicity groupings which I will display afterwards.
My DNA results came back as 79% Great Britain, 5% Scandinavian, and 7% other regions.
At this point I started working on my family tree. Note: If you are interested in doing a family tree I would recommend using Ancestry.com web tools. I have had really good luck with the results. As a bonus, if you have other family members on Ancestry.com who already have their trees created they can share the research with you. This allows you to build your family tree from their mappings.
After about a week of data mining I discovered that most of my dad’s family were located on the coastal areas of Germany; Prussia to be more precise. Apparently in these regions there was a lot of intermarriage with the English. These areas are now diluted with English DNA. Mystery solved!
Forward In Time
Just recently Ancestry.com has updated their ethnicity groupings. I’m not sure why this was done but the groupings became broader in scope.
Here is my updated Ethnicity Stats
Move over Brits, a heir to the throne might be gunning for power! 🙂
Now my DNA stats read 88% England, Wales, and Northwestern Europe, 7% Germanic Europe, and 1% other regions.
Ancestry.com continually updates their mapping software. Here is a few screenshots of what the ethnicity groupings look like on their website.
Here is a screenshot of my ancestor’s settlement areas here in the United States.
My most recent family members (within the last eight years) are settle in southern Illinois near the boarder with St. Louis.
Now for the fun stuff. I haven’t fully researched my father’s side of the family tree since I have to upgrade to the “world explorer” membership to access overseas birth records, marriage licenses, and other needed data. I’m working on the basic membership plan which has a lot of data on my mother’s side. So I’m going to retrieve all the data I can before I upgrade to the more expensive package. 🙂
So far most of the cool stuff I found was through my grandma on my mother’s side. Their family surname is Eubanks. Here are some screenshots of the famous people who make up my ancestry.
Apparently I have a distant tie to the Obama family. Lady Frances Palgrave 1509-1556 is the link. Where is my free Obamacare?!? 🙂
I found this interesting since my mom was huge fan of Roy Rogers. The link is via Sir Thomas “5th Baron of Morley” de Morley 1393-1435.
The Eubanks are also related to George Washington by link to his father, Augustine Washington 1694-1743. My 14th great-grandfather.
I guess that make George Washington 1732-1799 my 14th great-uncle.
This ancestor I find more odd. My great grandmother claimed to be part Native American but I never new why. I’m skeptical of this family tie to Chief Powhatan since from my research claims he was married to one hundred women. This family relation is thru marriage not by blood. I’m not sure where my great grandmother bloodline received its injection of native DNA. Hopefully I can find this in the near future.
Chief Wanhunsonacock Powhatan 1545-1618 (father to Pocahontas).
I guess I’m related to Pocahontas 1595-1617 by marriage.
Now I get into more familiar territory. Back in the 1990’s one of my cousins started researching our family trees. He had found some documents pointing our family ties to Scotland. I will admit I never got to see the records he collected but he seemed certain of his findings. Unfortunately he passed away before I was able to see him again.
The most interesting famous person I have came across so far is still through the Eubanks family. My grandma on my mother’s side, is related to Scottish royalty. Robert de Bruce 1274-329 and at least two other kings of Scotland. I know it’s not William Wallace, but this is a pretty neat find.
Isabella de Mar 1277-1296 was the wife of Robert de Bruce.
Here are the two kings of Scotland in the family tree:
Robert, King of Scots II 1316-1390
Robert, King of Scotland III 1337-1406
The oldest record I found so far is of Roman/Frankish origins. Alan Senecal Dol 1044-????
There is a plethora of knights, sheriffs, rogues, and other people in my mother’s family tree. The above are just the more interesting finds I have made. Until next time, go…Scotland!