DNA creates sourcing issue

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I have tested my Y-line (paternal) very deeply at Family Tree. My DNA testing clearly indicates that my grandfather is the son of Jeptha Brummett and not Sankey Neal.

The problem is that some documentation says Sankey is the father. This is on my grandfathers death certificate. His birth certificate only list his mother.

How do I know this? I have zero NEAL y-matches and many BRUMETT matches.

Most telling is that I am HALF COUSIN to my grandfathers brother.

How do I source this?

And i want to be tagged as BRUMMETT also so people can find me. I also want NEAL because coincidentally Jeptha Brummetts mother is a Neal.

Where should I start on this?

I appreciate your thoughts.
in The Tree House by Terry Neal G2G1 (1.2k points)

1 Answer

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This is not that unusual on Wikitree. I would attach Jeptha as the biological father but leave the mother connected to her husband (if she was indeed married to Sankey) and then explain the DNA evidence in the Research section of the profile.
by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (198k points)
Thanks.

Sankey divorced his wife after my grandfathers birth and she married Jeptha. So I think they knew who his real father was. In fact, the 1930 census shows my grandfather as Jeptha’s son. WikiTree appears to be more progressive in showing DNA results and their impact on lineage. Some organizations that require proof of lineage are less understanding.

I will do as you suggest. Thanks!

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