Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun exercise tonight is as follows:
Find a living male person in your database from your maternal grandfather’s patrilineal line who could take a Y-DNA test.
Then, we are tasked to answer several questions. Here are my responses – fortunately, this was a very easy topic for me given all the testing I’ve been able to do under the auspices of the 23andMe’s Roots Into the Future Initiative.
1) What was your mother’s father’s name?
2) What is your mother’s father’s patrilineal line? That is, his father’s father’s father’s … back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?
Herman (1926-1986) –> Lewis “Christopher Columbus” Robinson (1886-1928) –> William Robeson/Robinson (1830-?) –> Bob Robeson (1800-?). Bob & William were former slaves from Columbus County, NC as best as I have been able to determine to date.
3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your mother’s father, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.
Yes, I can identify living male descendants and one of them has already been tested – my mother’s brother. His 23andMe results show his paternal haplogroup to be E1b1a8a, a haplogroup with deep origins to Africa.
This post is a reminder to me to upload his info to Gedmatch.com so I can check his yDNA against others. I’m off to do that now!