Elsie was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the G2G Forum!
I started with wikitree to preserve the family information gathered by my father, Noel. I am interested in One Name Studies and the Australian Convicts and First Settlers Project. I created a One name study for the surname Gorman, as I am interested in tracing the journey of our name across the world. You can find it at Gorman Name study.
My Irish origins
My Irish roots are Donnelly from County Wicklow; Gorman from County Tipperary, Grady from County Tipperary, Kearney from County Limerick; O'Niell via McDonald of the Highlands and the Isles; Phillips from Castlecomer, County Kilkenny; QUIRK from Tramore, Waterford; Fieghery and Slavin from Roscrea, County Tipperary; Whalan from County Tipperary and Carter from unknown county, DNA suggests West Cork. Our mitochondrial DNA test puts us in "Clan Ursula".
The McDonald heritage links to Australia's first Saint, Mother Mary McKillop through multiple connections. We are double descended from Angus Mor McDonald via both Donald and Catherine. Angus Mor is the brother of Donald Drochaid, who is Mother Mary's maternal grandfather.
So far I have identified a few ancestors up to the tenth generation. In each generation I have identified:
Maternal relationship is confirmed through Family Tree DNA mother/daughter match to McDonald-7805
Our mitochondrial DNA haplotype is U5b2c2 and Y DNA RM269 (Y67 test).
At 4 generations back out of 16 great great grandparents 8 (50%) originated from Ireland, 4 (25%) from the Scottish Highlands & 4 (25%) from England. An Ancestry DNA estimate gives 67% Munster Irish and 27% Scottish Highlands, Argyll and Bute, 4% Norway and 2% England.
My paternal great grandparents
The Catholic settler families of the Oberon and Black Springs area of NSW intermarried extensively. William and Margaret as MRCA couple closest matches are double cousins, through William's brother John Gorman and Margaret's niece Rose Grady, 105 cM across 6 segments and 100 cM across 6 segments
William Gorman: Born Truscotts Swamp near Oberon NSW 1850. Died 01 Apr 1882.
YDNA confirmed Y67 *bj
Phillips DNA confirmed autosomal matches to descendants of sister (Flemming)
Relationship to Sarah Elizabeth (Grooms) Carter is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between descendants of three daughters, Elsie, Carrie (Byrne) Quince HQ half second cousin 47 centimorgans shared across 5 DNA segments, Confidence: Very High and Aggie (Byrne) Bullard. MyHeritage match between half second cousins *bj and CP .6% 114.1 cM Shared DNA over 5 Shared segments, largest 40.9 cM
Match of 79.9 cM across 6 segments between descendants of Sarah and her sister Christina. Numerous aT matches to the descendants of Mary England and Purkins Cooper in the USA.
My maternal great grandparents
The McDonald families intermarried extensively in the Scottish highlands and when settled in Nimmitabel, NSW, see Space:Nimmitabel_McDonalds. Dougald and Christina as MRCA couple match 1st cousin once removed match of 448 cm over 26 segments at Ancestry (*emgA and SLynch), 2nd cousin match of 166 cM across 9 segments at Ancestry (*emgA and margie1837, grand daughter of Marg
DNA confirmed autosomal matches to her mother's Campbell line
DNA confirmed autosomal matches Malcolm McDonald and in Canada and the USA that support the male Cranachan line
Charles and Mary as MRCA couple 2nd cousin match through descendants of Madeline and George, of 369.6 cm over 17 segments at MyHeritage, Mother match to same person 1C1R is 681.5 cM Shared DNA over 25 segments, largest 66.9 cM
Charles Bales: Born Hovell's Creek, Boorowa, NSW 1852. Died Bemboka, NSW 17 Jul 1925.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Elsie or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line: