My paternal grandfather [Batcheler-21] is somewhat of a mystery and was the initial reason I started my genealogical journey & research just over two years ago. I suspect he was either 1) adopted (highest probability), or 2) great grandmother had an affair or was molested. Why?
FamilyTree DNA family finder showed ancestry containing Native American, Spain and Turkey. No family history/ancestry on either side has any of this. I had a follow-up Y test done (I'm transgender). I have 0 degree Y matches in Mexico! Also in none of the family lines. Added to this, the epigenetics / histories of both this paternal grandfather and my birth father (my mother divorced when I was young and I never saw him again) are similar as well, even though this paternal grandfather was never in my birth father's life either.
Would this be a case for an adoption angel? The paternal grandather was born in 1912 and his 'parents' (the great grandparents) were in Kansas City which, I discovered, was a major orphan train stop.
3/21 - Oh, one more theory: he could have been switched at birth at the hospital. He was a wanted child, had his paternal grandfather's first name, and maternal grandfather's nickname as his middle name. His parents stayed together for life.
Finally, my apologies for so little info on his record. 98% of all my work is on Family Search. I discovered WikiTree via a DNA match with a fourth cousin from FamilyTree DNA. As there is no way to port information from that site to here, it's quite a bit of slogging to duplicate it all!
This is all likely TMI, but the matches in Mexico definitely amp up the mystery of this genealogical mystery.
Thanks in advance,