The Unsolved Mystery of John Isham Bullard

As an amateur genealogist, be prepared to sometimes get things wrong. Bruce Lee said, "Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them." In late 2019, I came to the startling realization that my third-great-grandfather, John Bullard, was not who I thought he was. I studied my grandmother's brother's Ancestry DNA test …

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Anselm Hansel Harper

Anselm is the Hansel Harper that married Elizabeth Rose in Surry County, Virginia on Jan. 27, 1789. From guardianship documents in 1803, we learn that Anselm had three children: James, Joseph and Nancy. Anselm used the nickname Hansel interchangeably which frustrated me because I felt that they were the same person but couldn't prove it …

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Mary Emaline

Mary Emaline, my fourth-great-grandmother, was the first wife of Bartemus Pack (read more about him here). User-created family trees on Ancestry.com listed her maiden name as Hildreth, but I haven't found any proof of it yet. On the 1850 census and the 1860 mortality schedule, her name is listed as Mary. On the death certificate …

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23andme Ancestry Composition: Comparing My DNA

Yesterday, April 25, 2018, was DNA Day and 23andme.com had a "special". Ancestry.com users could upload their raw DNA file to 23andme and receive 3 health reports (very basic) and ancestry composition. I decided to do an experiment. I already tested with 23andme, but none of my other family members have. (I tested with Ancestry …

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