Last weekend a few of us attended Ancestry Day Philadelphia. We spent the whole day talking about all things Ancestry including AncestryDNA.
I mentioned my Swayne connection in the area as my first Swayne’s came to Pennsylvania and lived in Chester County for many years. And as luck would have it (after all this was St. Patrick’s weekend), one the attendee’s, John, approached me to establish a connection!
We figured out that we both descended from Francis Swayne. My direct ancestor was the son Francis and John’s was, Sarah Francis’s younger sister. I was really excited to meet a cousin and get our picture taken to share with the family!
Here we were meeting for the first time, very close to where our shared ancestors lived in the early 1700s – making a connection 10 generations back.
That is the magic of Ancestry, now all we need to do is wait and see how much DNA we share.