I’m sorry I’ve been quiet lately but I’ve been (quietly) working on the tree. I’ve expanded it by about 200 people since the last update. Let’s go:
White line: I haven’t added anyone to the tree yet. I am still marking my matches and they are still coming in strong. As I get more AncestryDNA matches I am able to better identify matches. I mentioned this line crosses with my other paternal line, the Bergeon line.
Bergeon line: This line continues to be a beast and it crosses into my other paternal line (White) and my maternal lines. Working on my maternal line, I’ve started to figure this out a bit. I’ve made a breakthrough but I haven’t done anything with it yet.
Meredith line: This line is starting to take form as I’m starting to identify DNA matches for it. The DNA matches I am about to contact are on the tree but other than that, I haven’t worked with it outside of identifying matches.
Summers and my maternal grandfather line: This is where I’ve been spending the most of my time lately and where the 200 additions to the tree came from. I had a hard time determining matches on my maternal side and I figured out why. It seems that my 2x great grandmother married a Summers but he passed away right after my great-grandmother was born. That means the siblings born after her have a different father(s) than my great-grandmother. Now I know why I bumped into a brick wall. I have to go back over the information I have for them and then check DNA matches for hints.
Meanwhile, I have two DNA matches that could be maternal grandfather matches, which could give me clues on the Turk line. At first, I thought they were Summers (somehow due to location) but the DNA amounts don’t match up with where they would have to be on the tree (that I can see so far). While I originally had no interest in taking a 23&Me DNA test, I think I should (only the DNA matching portion) because I know I have DNA matches there that might help me figure things out, especially the Bergeon line. I need all the help I can get with that line because it is a beast.
Either way, there is a lot of maternal family (Summers, Morrison, et al) still living in the south, especially South Carolina. I was quite surprised to find that out.
That’s it for now. I will make another update when I have more to share.