Comments on: AncestryDNA: How a Photograph Led to a Cousin Connection http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/03/ancestrydna-how-a-photograph-led-to-a-cousin-connection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ancestrydna-how-a-photograph-led-to-a-cousin-connection The official blog of Ancestry Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:52:28 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 By: Vicki Hunterhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/03/ancestrydna-how-a-photograph-led-to-a-cousin-connection/#comment-199536 Vicki Hunter Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:37:41 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14587#comment-199536 This is what genealogy is all about! Everything and everyone in your past is all a part of who we are. I love the challenge of the search for my past, but what I find is sooo much more interesting. It explains family customs and traditions. Sometimes, it even explains complexions. I grew up knowing my father was of Irish heritage. I always wondered why he had such dark hair and why he got such a deep dark tan. I found out while doing a family tree project in junior high school. My grandmother sent me up to her attic and told me to look through a drawer of old stuff that she had. Her grandfather came to the US on a whaling ship from Portugal. He was from Faial, Azores Islands. He settled in Portland, Maine where he married an Irish girl. I am still working on that branch of my tree and from some stuff that I’ve read there may also be Moorish ancestry as part of my heritage. The Moors were the North African Black Muslims. Explains the dark tan!
It’s things like this from my past that are part of who I am today. While my skin looks one way, who I am on the inside, in my DNA is soooo much more!

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By: Dianne Coleman Yarbroughhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/03/ancestrydna-how-a-photograph-led-to-a-cousin-connection/#comment-197073 Dianne Coleman Yarbrough Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:54:26 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14587#comment-197073 What a wonderful story, Donna and Jennifer! Thank you for sharing. Thanks to 23andMe, we have learned that the famous abolitionist, Moses Roper, who wrote an autobiography, “Narrative of My Escape from Slavery,” is the half-brother of the great-great-grandmother of my children’s father (my ex-husband). The mother of Moses Roper was a “mulatto” slave owned by Moses’s father, Henry H. Roper, a wealthy tobacco planter in Caswell County, N.C. While researching this line, I have also found a second “mulatto” in the 1850 Census, Patrick Co., Va., who was probably not a mulatto, but a melungeon. The censuses often called melungeons, Indians, romas, and others of color a “mulatto.” A whole other story and an entire new family of ancestors just waiting to be discovered and acknowledged. Without any one of our ancestors, we would not be here. Whatever their race, and whatever the sad or happy circumstances of their birth, we should give them all the honor, respect, and gratitude that they deserve. Why I love genealogy!

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By: Robinhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/03/ancestrydna-how-a-photograph-led-to-a-cousin-connection/#comment-196874 Robin Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:15:14 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14587#comment-196874 Why NOT share it? It’s what genealogy is all about. How wonderful that these descendants have found each other! I can’t wait for the rest of the story! Thanks for sharing.

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By: Juliana Smithhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/03/ancestrydna-how-a-photograph-led-to-a-cousin-connection/#comment-196809 Juliana Smith Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:55:36 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14587#comment-196809 We all find unexpected stories in our past and we have to come to terms with what we find. Donna and Carol have done this and we think that theirs is an inspiring story of how family history brings us together.

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By: Jenniferhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/03/ancestrydna-how-a-photograph-led-to-a-cousin-connection/#comment-196797 Jennifer Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:58:40 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14587#comment-196797 I would be interested in knowing the family line. More importantly, why would you post the fact that your grandfather was raping or having sex and or an affair with a slave. Most of the time, the children of slaves, regardless of who the father was were not recognized. Something does not seem right with this story.

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By: stacey white lovelockhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/02/03/ancestrydna-how-a-photograph-led-to-a-cousin-connection/#comment-196774 stacey white lovelock Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:35:50 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=14587#comment-196774 I would be interested in knowing more, like where her family line was from?

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