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There are various reasons people take DNA tests. Some are seeking medical knowledge, some are adopted children looking to reunite with the birth parents, others are seeking information on their father’s line or their mother’s line. I was looking for cousins, hoping to find information on lines where I had little or no information.


I tested with four different companies. One of the results has been to connect with a cousin also researching the ancestry of David Huggans (1815-1897 ) and Elizabeth Riley (1822-1918 ) who are both buried in Cantril, Iowa.

Reviewing the information provided by this cousin, I found suggestions on Elizabeth’s paternal line that I was able to research.  I found documented marriage, probate and burial information that allowed me to add about six or seven generations to our RILEY line.  I found Charles  Riley, son of Charles Riley and Mary Mays, grandson of John Railey (Riley) and Elizabeth Randolph)

and William Mays and Catherine Swann.  Elizabeth Randolph is the daugher of Colonel Isham Randolph and Jane Rogers (Rodgers). Elizabeth’s sister, Jane married Peter Jefferson and had a son Thomas, writer of the Declaration of Independence and 3rd President of the United States.

Elizabeth Randolph’s grandparents, William Randolph and Mary Isham, are the 2nd Great-Grandparents of General Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee.

They were also the 2nd Great-Grandparents of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall.

I had NO IDEA that connecting with DNA cousins could be a link to some very historical individuals.

I am able to connect my grandson, nieces and nephews to individuals involved in the creation of this country.  I hope that knowing their connections to these individuals, will spark an interest in their school studies and hopefully, as they grow, their genealogical research.

I invite you to come into the Genealogy Center and allow us to assist you in your research.  Perhaps, you too, will find Patriot Ancestors.

Good Hunting!


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DNA Genealogy seems to be the “latest and greatest” part of genealogy research these days.

I was somewhat reluctant to join the band-wagon.

However, in August 2014 Ancestry.com had a SALE on DNA kits, so I bit. I sent off and received my DNA test kit. I filled the tube with saliva, sent it off and waited for the results.

Unlike the TV commercials, I did not find my Scandinavian ancestors to actually be Scottish. What I did find was a list of POSSIBLE cousins.
Some had trees on Ancestry.com and some did not.

My curiosity was aroused. I attended different DNA classes at various Genealogy Society presentations.

I discovered Ancestry.com compared my DNA with THEIR database. But what about other cousins that didn’t test with Ancestry? Did they test with another company? If so, how could I compare my results with theirs?  I was not able to test with the other companies. The cost was too great.

Enter GEDmatch.com. This is a “cost-free” site that allows you to upload your DNA results from any of the four companies (Ancestry.com, ftDNA.com, MyHeritage.com & 23andme.com) so you can compare results.

So now I found that by taking one DNA test, I could compare with two “ponds” – Ancestry.com and GEDmatch.com.  The problem here is that not everyone that takes a DNA test uploads their results to GEDmatch.com.

If I wanted my DNA compared to the largest possible audience I would need to test with all four companies.

In 2015 the Family Finder the test for FamilyTree DNA (ftDNA.com) went on sale. Since my father was rapidly approaching 90 years in age, I bought a kit and had him test. The next year, again ftDNA.com had another sale to include Y-DNA tests, so I upgraded his DNA.  Now I had family DNA in three databases – Ancestry.com, GEDmatch.com and ftDNA.com. Recently I was able to upload my Ancestry.com results to ftDNA.com.

Within the last 18 months MyHeritage.com and 23andme.com both had sales on their respective DNA tests. I went ahead and tested with each company.

I now have family results in Ancestry.com, ftDNA.com, My Heritage.com and 23andme.com. In each case my results were compared ONLY with their own databases.  I had to upload my results, individually to GEDmatch.com.

Now that I have spent all that money, and have results with each company, what are the results?

COUSINS!! Previously unknown cousins that have been doing genealogy.

I have been able to share information with cousins, extend my family tree, add documentation and photos, help correct misinformation and most of all, communicate with extended family with a similar interest in family history.

From testing with all four of the companies, I now have scientific proof that my father and I are related!  Good to know.

I am attempting to identify of my paternal 5th G-Grandfather.  Sparse documentation has indicated he could be one of two different individuals. As I contact cousins, I hope to prove which of these individuals is my direct relation. I am compiling documentation and DNA results to try and “prove” which individual is to answer to my current “brick wall.”

Testing with all four companies (using SALE prices for their autosomal DNA test) still cost me from $240 to $320 spread over three years. The Y-DNA test was on sale for $129.00. For me, that cash spent was worth it. I gained additional resources, information and personal satisfaction.

Perhaps, a DNA test will allow you the contacts and/or information to assist in your ancestral search.

If you are considering testing, Please take the time and compare what each company offers and the respective financial cost. Each company has it’s own advantages and drawbacks. Examine each company, the test(s) they offer and what results they may provide. Select the one(s) you want and can afford so that you get your money’s worth and hopefully obtain the results you are seeking.

Good Hunting!

**** Starting in September 2017, the Genealogy Center will host a DNA Interest Group the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the W.O. Haggard, Jr. Library.  Those interested in DNA genealogy are invited to attend.


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20 August 1907 – Rebekah Baines

of McKinney, Collin County, Texas weds Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr.

Rebekah was the daughter of former state legislator Joseph Wilson Baines. Mr. Baines was one of the partners of Baines, Wolfe & Finch Lawyers and Land Agents. They created the 1881 Map of Collin County, Texas.

Mr. Baines was also the Editor & Proprietor of The McKinney Advocate at that time.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the eldest son Samuel and Rebekah Johnson. Samuel and Rebekah would have four more children.

Rebekah Baines Johnson wrote and presented to her son, Lyndon, a book – A Family Album – for Christmas, 1854.

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson  presented his book to The Johnson City Foundation.

A copy of this book is located here in the Genealogy Center and is available for personal / historical research.

Come in and browse our collection at the Genealogy Center. You may find family albums, area histories or volumes containing vital records for some of your family tree.

Good Hunting!

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The maintenance that had be scheduled for July 29th has been postponed.

Ancestry.com (and all other databases here in the library) should be available and working Saturday, July 29th and Sunday July 30th.

Come in and visit the Genealogy Center.  You may find that “lost” ancestor.

Good Hunting!

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From the Texas State Historical Association:

“On this day in 1917, the United States War Department issued orders mobilizing the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division (known as the “Texas Division” or the “T-Patchers”) at Camp Bowie in Tarrant County.The division, initially composed mostly of Texas National Guard troops, fought in World War I and again in World War II. During the latter conflict, one unit of the division, which became known as the “lost battalion,” was captured at the fall of Java. The men of the battalion spent the war in Japanese prison camps, and many died building the Burma Railroad. When the War Department made national guard units available to the governors of the states in 1946, the Thirty-sixth Division was reactivated. The Thirty-sixth was called to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but was eliminated by January 1968. In 1946 veterans of the unit founded the Thirty-sixth Division Association.”

On a more LOCAL note – PFC Seymour Todd – Anna, Texas – served in the Texas Division in World War II. He was seriously wounded on 24 January 1944 during the “Battle of the Bloody River” in Italy. He was one of about 20 North Texans killed or wounded during this battle.  Seymour Todd survived the war, returned to Collin County and married Matilie Harper in 1945. Seymour Todd died 8 Dec 1978 in Jacksonville, Texas and is buried in Resthaven Memorial Park of the same city.

Come in and visit the Genealogy Center.  Let us assist you in finding your heroes.

Good Hunting!

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I have been trying to determine if Martin Fugate is my  5th Great Grandfather. I had my father take a Y-DNA test. When I received the results I was excited to match a previously unknown cousin. We have traded emails.

I am fairly certain Martin died in Russell County, Virginia prior to 1803. I am not certain where he was born.

My cousin sent me some information on Martin. His information states Martin was born about 1725 in Russell County, Virginia. He died about 1802 in Russell County, Virginia.

At first glance this is Wonderful.

However, a closer look finds that Russell County, Virginia was created on 17 Oct 1785 from Washington County, Virginia.

Oops! Martin was NOT born in Russell County, Virginia. Where could he have been born?

Tracing the area back to 1725, I found the following:
Washington County was created 7 Oct 1776 from Fincastle County.
Fincastle County was created in 1772 from Botetourt County.
Botetourt County was created 7 Nov 1769 from Augusta County.
Augusta County was created 1 Aug 1738 from Orange County.
Orange County was created 1 Feb 1734 from Spotsylvania County.
Spotsylvania County was created 2 Nov 1720.

It is possible that Martin was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia about 1725.

However, family records indicate (not prove) that Martin’s father was Josiah Fugate. If this is correct another problem arises.

Josiah’s will was filed in King George County, Virginia. King George County and Spotsylvania County were both created on 2 Nov 1720. They are adjacent to each other.

From my current information, my next searches will be in both King George and Spotsylvania Counties.

The lesson here is Be Aware of WHEN a particular county was created.

Looking for records in Russell County, Virginia in 1725 would be a waste of time, as it was not created for another 60 years. Just knowing that Russell County was created from Washington County is not good enough either.

Take the time to know the county and state creation dates. It makes your search less frustrating.

Look at all of the information available and be careful NOT to take undocumented information as Proof.

Good Hunting!

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Last Thursday I was privileged to present a class on Military Records Research.

I made two specific points:

1. More and more records are becoming available all of the time. If you don’t see the the records you want online today, wait a week or two and check back.

2. Often, records are being uploaded before they are indexed and so, you may have to “Browse” the collection. Don’t be put off by the 1,000,000 plus images, as they are broken down into searchable segments.

That was Thursday. Saturday was a whole new day.

http://www.Fold3.com announced that they have added nine states to the World War II Draft Registration Cards collection. These nine states – Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming – are no longer in the “Browse” category. They are now indexed and available to be searched without having to “Browse” through a number of images.

Periodically check the “Last Updated” column in http://www.FamilySearch.org, The “Updated” records at http://www.Ancestry.com, and the “New & Updated Collections” at Fold3.com.

This in just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend


Often, from Memorial Day through the 4th of July, various sites offer access to military databases free of charge.

Keep an eye out and take advantage of these offers. You may find military records of previously identified ancestors, or military records of  previously unknown ancestors.

(Remember – with your Plano library card you can access several “pay sites” free of charge YEAR-Round at http://www.planolibrary.org.)

Good Hunting!

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