Sunday, 21 September 2014

Mitochondrial DNA T1 confirmed by second descendant test

Update on Peggy's and my own mitochondrial DNA, I elected to add the mtDNA plus test to Peggy's autosomal kit at FTDNA and the results are in, it's confirmed T1, one day I will upgrade further to the FMS (mtFullSequence), but for now, because we have been tested at 23andme.com as T1a1, I'm going to continue to classify us T1a1.  I'm not sure whether I mentioned that this result was also confirmed with 3C1R Amanda Bortolussi who is downline of Zenobia Mundy through another daughter Elizabeth Ann Davis taking a 23andme test and coming back with T1a1.  Amanda has also joined us on WikiTree and has connected with our tree and is growing hers, fantastic to have you onboard Amanda.

Below is a chart of our mitochondrial DNA lineage:

Mitochondrial DNA

Mitochondrial DNA is passed down from mother to child. Here are Rhonda's direct maternal line ancestors.

Rhonda Lucas (1960's - living)
  Peggy J. Cummins (1940's - living)
    Cecilia Miller (02 Feb 1920 - 01 Aug 1959)
      Emily May Davis (14 Sep 1895 - 01 Jan 1967)
        Zenobia Mundy (abt 29 Jun 1858 - 15 Mar 1912)
          Jane Prisk (25 Jun 1823 - 20 Aug 1892)
            Mary Andrew (abt 1789 - unknown)
              Mary Andrew ( - )

The last Mary Andrew above is not "confirmed" but speculative from Cornwall Parish Records.

Would love to connect with other descendant's of these women!  Add a comment or drop us a line.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

George Melrose & Jane Schofield


George Melrose was a Sapper & Miner with the Royal Engineers.


George MELROSE and Jane SCHOFIELD sailed from Plymouth, UK on 9 August 1852 and after being at sea for 122 days arrived in Tasmania, Australia on 9 December 1852. George was a Sapper & Miner of the Royal Engineers. Later the family moved to Sydney and George became a licensed Surveyor.

This maternal Melrose branch has been transplanted to Aussie soil for 7 generations so far.

This Melrose history is a collaboration of work compiled by Tim Carter, Susan Channell, Sandy Liddle, Peggy Lucas and myself.

Mary Ann (Irvine) Melrose - WikiTree Profile

I am delighted to say the whereabouts and death of the elusive Mary Ann Melrose nee Irvine has been found in Australia, she travelled aboard the "Shackamaxon" and arrived on 3rd September 1863.  Sadly her stay here was to be short lived she spent the next 3 years with George Melrose and his young family at Parramatta and passed of general debility on 7th August 1866.  Check her profile out to read more.

Mary Ann (Irvine) Melrose - WikiTree Profile:

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The Genographic Project unveils the ancient ancestry of New Zealand, the world’s last settled islands – News Watch

Fascinating article on the "Peopling of New Zealand" by the Genographic Project.

The Genographic Project unveils the ancient ancestry of New Zealand, the world’s last settled islands – News Watch:

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Searching for descendants of George Robert Miller and Mary Ann Lynch to do a DNA test

You may be aware I am not only passionate about genealogy but also genetic genealogy, which is utilising DNA (spit) to prove the paper trail we have been working on for years.

I would love a willing descendant of George Robert Miller, b: 13 May 1813, Middlesex, Lon, Eng, d: 23 Oct 1883, Bingara, NSW, Aus and Mary Ann Lynch b: abt 1822, d: 20 Feb 1849, Singleton, NSW, Aus to step forward and do a DNA test to PROVE once and for all that the George Robert Miller married to Mary Ann Lynch is the same George Robert Miller that married my 3rd Great Grandmother Mary Ann Jones.  By choosing to do a Family Finder test from Family Tree DNA or 23andme (my DNA is at both) we will see if we have common DNA and bingo, the proof will be in the pudding, so to speak.  Look forward to hearing from you and am happy to help you through the process.

Click on the chart below to see if you descend from this couple.

Click to see a larger image

If the image isn't big enough, please contact me and I'll send you a pdf.