|Dave Dowell and CeCe Moore @ Jamboree 2011|
Your Genetic Genealogist. In that blog persona she invites readers to "DISCOVER AND UNDERSTAND THE FASCINATING WORLD OF GENETIC GENEALOGY."
My story is a little more convoluted. It wasn't my mitochondrial DNA test that was an exact match for that of CeCe. It was my surrogate and first cousin Ruth. Ruth is the daughter of my Dad's sister. Therefore, I asked her to test to try to establish the ethnicity of my paternal (Ruth's maternal) grandmother. Most of you know that my mitochondrial test gave me information about my maternal grandmother's line only. So far on that latter line I have had no exact matches. On the other hand, Ruth has had three exact matches in addition to CeCe. Two of those still live in Finland and the third knows from family tradition that his ancestors are Scandinavian.
I am becoming increasingly convinced that researchers should resort to DNA testing only if they have a genealogical question it might answer. My question, when I asked Ruth to swab her cheeks, was to determine if my sixth great-grandmother Marjory OINS/OWENS was Swedish or Welsh. Marjory first shows up in the written record on January 8, 1736. On that day she married as his third wife, Henry STEDHAN at Old Swedes Church in what is now Wilmington, Delaware. Henry's grandfather had immigrated from Sweden to the North American colony of New Sweden in the middle of the 17th century. Although the community in which this wedding took place was a pretty tight ethnically Swedish community, OINS/OWENS sounded Welsh to me.
As far as I am concerned Ruth's match with CeCe and the other three convince me that Marjory was ethnically a Finn. Since I found the match I have discovered that Finland was part of Sweden at the time New Sweden was settled. In addition, many historians believe that over half of the colonists who came to New Sweden were ethnically Finns. At one time there was a settlement, now long extinct, that was named Finland.
Now that Your Genetic Genealogist and Dr D have finally been reunited, we are talking about collaborating on a book. If all goes well you should see it in 2013.