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I DO NOT HAVE THE BULK OF MY FAMILY ATTACHED HERE TO WIKITREE. TO SEE MY FULL TREE, VISIT ME HERE: Dars Ancestry Tree Also, my personal database contains a lot more information on my ancestors, including deeds, court and land records. Feel free to send me a private message with questions or requests.
Darlene has been involved in genealogy for over thirty years. She got the genealogy 'bug' from her paternal grandmother Verlie Snell, who was always interested in her ancestors and traveled the country meeting distant cousins. The notes left by her grandmother proved invaluable to Darlene in beginning her research on her grandmother's family.
Darlene spent several years focused on medieval genealogy, spending an average of 60+ hours/week for years researching to learn more than just 'dates' about her ancestors and their families from medieval times. It provided a good history lesson and gave her a new passion. Upon discovering WikiTree in early 2014, she moved her focus from researching these medieval families to sharing her information online.
Darlene's primary focus these days is as a genetic genealogist, focusing on DNA and mapping her parents' chromosomes. She uses DNAGedcom and GenomeMate Pro, along with Gedmatch and DNAPainter, to help her locate triangulated groups and organize her research. To better enable her to locate the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) with newfound cousins, she is working on completing her family tree by recording all of the siblings and their spouses & children, and then the same down the next generation. for seven generations. This will result in tens of thousands of new profiles in her tree. She sends lots of emails to the triangulated groups and oversees researching everyone's trees to locate the MRCA. It's challenging, frustrating, and occasionally rewarding! She knows this is her best chance to break down some of the brick walls in her ancestry! She hopes that others will work on developing their family trees to have a better chance of finding the match!
When you can tear her away from her research, Darlene enjoys spending time in the Canadian Rockies hiking and canoeing in the summer months. During the winter, you'll find her and her husband (along with their Golden Doodle dog) traveling the islands on their motor yacht.
So . . . with 1,024 potential surnames at the tenth generation, you can understand why I tend to chuckle when someone asks me what surnames I am working on. Many of us tend to forget that a lot of people don't even know the surnames of all four of their grandparents . . .
My maiden name, ATHEY, traces back to Galway, Ireland. My ancestor George ATHY immigrated to Maryland from Ireland in 1662 as a bondservant to Thomas Dent. The ATHYs were one of the leading families in Galway, being one of the original 'Tribes of Galway'. My father's Y-DNA has been tested and his descent proven from this line. To read more about the Athey surname Y-DNA project, visit here (my dad's kit # is 8468, first one in the chart).
My mother's maiden name, McINANEY, also traces back to Ireland. (It was primarily spelled McEneany or McAneany in Ireland). The name in Irish has two forms: Mac an Dhéaghanaigh (son of the dean) and Mac Conaonaigh (hound of the fair). This helps explains why the name is pronounced “Mac” rather than “Mc”. The family was a sept of Oriel, Oriel being the ancient territory covering what are now counties of Armagh, Monaghan, Louth, and Down. There are at least 36 different spellings of the name. Quite strange is the case of six members of the same family whose tombstones all bear a different spelling. Four are buried in the same cemetery, i.e. Peter MacEneaney (the father), Mary McAneaney (the mother), Francis McAneney and Patrick McEnaney (sons). The other two children were buried in a different cemetery under the names of Catherine McEneany and John Bird (the word "ean" is Irish and means "bird", thus the pseudo-translation). Other English forms include McAnaney, McAnany, McAnanny, McAnneeny, etc. McEnany, McEneeny, etc., McNeeny, McNeany, McNanny, McNenny, McNeny and so on. My immigrant McInaney ancestor, Arthur McInaney, came from Ireland (supposedly county Tyrone but I'm beginning to think it was perhaps Monaghan) to ONTARIO, CANADA circa 1830-50. Descendants later immigrated to the U.S. through Minnesota.
Other names on my maternal grandfather's side include the Irish families of CLANCY, McCARTHY, and QUINLIVAN (mostly likely all from county Clare) and the Scottish families of ANDERSON, CRERAR, DOW, and MACGLASHAN (from Perthshire, Scotland). There seems to be a connection to the Irish family of SHANNON from Miltown Malbay, county Clare, Ireland. These families all immigrated to Ontario, Canada in the mid-1800s.
Families on my maternal grandmother's side include BEERY/BIERI, BEIGHLEY, CONKRIGHT, DENNISTON, MILLISON/MUHLEISEN, ELLIS, HOFFMAN/HUFFMAN, HUNSAKER, IMLER/IMBLER, JOHNSON, ROBERTS, SEARS/ZERR and WHITE.
Families on my paternal grandmother's side include the NANTUCKET families of BARNARD, BUNKER, COFFIN, COLEMAN, FOLGER, GARDNER, HUSSEY, MACY, STARBUCK; MAYFLOWER families HOWLAND, HURST and TILLEY; as well the SOUTH CAROLINA/GEORGIA families of BRADFORD, DORMINY, KELLY, KIRKLAND, LAMB, ROUSE, SNELL, STROUD, THRIFT; as well as FITCH, KIRKENER, MASON, PECK, SHEAFE, WHITFIELD.
Families on my paternal grandfather's side include ABBOTT, ATHEY, BERRY, BIGGS, BURNS, FALLIS, FRY/FREY, KIEFFER, LEWIS, MILLER, MAURER/MOWDER, PABST, RUSSELL, STRAUB/STRAWB, WILLIAMS.
|Gen. No.||Relation to Darlene||Total Possible Profiles||On Wikitree||Sourced||Biography||Genealogically Defined|
|5||2nd Great Grandparent||16||16||16||16||16|
|6||3rd Great Grandparent||32||27 (84%||27||27||27|
|7||4th Great Grandparent||64||39(61%)||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|8||5th Great Grandparent||128||38(30%)||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|9||6th Great Grandparent||256||45 (18%)||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|10||7th Great Grandparent||512||63 (12%)||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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