Tracing your Maternal line, do you have some good resources for this?

+17 votes

I am so stuck.  I am trying to use my DNA matches and sourcing to find my maternal line:

[Private Mother (1930's - 1990's)]
  Eunice Dean Lord descendants (23 Apr 1906 - 03 May 1987) Westminster, SC
    Nola Ellen Dillard descendants (21 Feb 1884 - 24 Feb 1970) Rabun County, GA
      Sarah Florida Welborn descendants (18 Jun 1859 - 29 Apr 1937) Rabun County, GA
        Nancy Hall descendants (abt 1826 - ) NC/SC (on census records)
          Ann Unknown descendants (1793 - ) NC/VA (on census records)

I had an interesting thing happen a few weeks ago.  Someone connected to my fmaily tree on FTDNA.  Whoo hoo!  A boon since there is some question as to my grandmother's parentage.  I was on cloud nine that someone had connected to my grandmothers sister.  I have sent email after email to the Kit manager.  No reply.  After looking a bit at their info. I think their connection is a mistake.  To be continued...

So I used my skills to search for this fella, I won't tell you how or they might remove this trick from their site.  I found him.  I sent him an email last night with high hopes and...It came back delivery failure - permanent.  To be continued...

Still nothing, nada, nicht...



in Genealogy Help by Mags Gaulden G2G6 Pilot (550k points)
edited by Mags Gaulden
I think that if you had a connection notice from FTDNA, that connection is based solely on DNA - not whatever info they've chosen to provide. So you do still have a DNA connection, but not a useful one if they won't reply & the family tree information they shared is inaccurate. Good luck!

2 Answers

+5 votes
What about DAR Records?
by Susan Tye G2G6 Mach 2 (22.2k points)
+2 votes
I have had some good luck matching with cousins via FTDNA and Gedmatch.  But there are folks who do not respond to your emails.  

I find the easiest way to get their emails is to download the data from the browser.  It then lets me sort and look at the data in different ways.  

As to resources for researching female line...  

Marriage records and sibling records can have clues.

Census records sometimes have relatives living with a family.

Family correspondence... it has been my experience that the women wrote more than the men.  Old postcards / letters / etc can often hold info you just can't find in other places so clean out those attics, basements, and old junk drawers...  (Don't overlook recipes...  Aunt Lorraine's cookie recipe may give you the name of your father's brother's wife...  

Wills and probate records


School records often name both parents.  

Church records.

Burial records and tombstones sometimes have data on them.  

Hope that helps!
by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (673k points)

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