I decided to take a trip south while I had some time and on my way to Alabama I made a stop in Georgia and while I was there I reached out to three of my DNA cousins (discovered via ancestrydna). Garron, DeVan, and Octavia, I was so glad Garron and Octavia agreed to meet with me, DeVan and I actually met two years ago briefly but we stayed in touch. Garron, Octavia and Mia (my DNA cousin who I met in Birmingham) still don’t know our common ancestor(s). Garron and Octavia are on my maternal side while DeVan and Mia are on my paternal side, DeVan’s great grandfather and my great great grandfather were brothers. Mia and I have a couple surname names in common, Moorer and Snow, while Octavia and Garron share Camden, Wilcox County. Of course I would have loved to figured out how I was related to my other three DNA cousins but just meeting them was pretty cool, we bonded over our love for genealogy and getting to know our family. I didn’t have to grow up with them to consider them or call them my cousin.
Garron, DeVan, Octavia and Mia
88 years ago today my great grandmother died, of course I didn’t know her personally but I’ve known of this woman who died before the age of 35 named Georgiana Beck to be my great grandmother. Other than that her life pretty much remained a mystery until I found her death certificate a few months ago. I was able to find a little more information about her and one thing being her death date. So I say R.I.P. To my Great Grandmother Georgiana
I had to work in Santa Clara,California for a couple weeks and while I was out west I had the chance to meet some DNA cousin.
Meet my cousin Amber, we’ve been corresponding for about a year and a half via ancestry.com and yesterday (Feb 6th) we finally met. I was super excited to meet her as well as her grandmother. According to AncestryDNA we are 3rd cousins and I figured out we’re related on my father’s maternal side.
This is my cousin Terri, we first started communicating via 23andme.com over a year ago. We tried to meet the last time I was in San Francisco but had no luck. I was really happy we were able to get together on my last night in California. We spent a couple hours trying to figure out our connection, we know the connection come from her mother’s maternal side and my father’s paternal side. We also have similar counties/areas in common such as Minter, Dallas County and Lowndes County, Alabama. As well as a common surname, Moorer, is that our connection? We just might have to take a trip to Alabama to see what we can find.
Last year I met some of the children of Frank and Leanna when I visited Alabama, this year I got a the chance to introduce some of my family to Frank and some more of his family. For almost a whole year I told my Aunt Linda how happy I was to meet Frank and his siblings and how welcoming they had been, so my Aunt Linda begin to look forward to meeting them as well. Frank’s father, Frank Moorer Sr. was first cousins with my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer Cox. Frank’s father Thad and Jessie’s father Cornelius were brothers and their parents were Adam and Malinda. For years, Frank Jr. and his family had no idea we even existed and I don’t believe my father nor any of his siblings knew of their existences either. The power of genealogy and ancestry.com we were able to connect with each other. My cousin Gwen and I got the chance to meet Frank’s niece Felecia and her daughters, last year I met Felecia’s mom Inez. I think it’s dope to meet new family members especially one you never knew existed
Ancestry DNA has this new feature which allows you to discover possible ancestors, they do so by grouping together individuals with similar DNA and connecting it to a common ancestor. (I hope I said that right) Ancestry DNA has evidence suggesting that I am related to a group well more like a couple of Hester Ann Blevins descendants. Since the two people are related to a group of people sharing the same DNA to Hester Ann Blevins descendants Ancestry DNA says there is a good chance I am also related to Hester Ann Blevins. Let me tell you a little about Hester according to information complied from 936 family trees on Ancestry.com. According to the inscription on her headstone Hester Ann Blevins was born May 8th 1812 (wow if this is accurate she would be 203 years ago today) in Ashe, North Carolina to James Blevins and Sarah Ann Sally Sizemore. She married Andrew Pennington around the 1830s and had several children together. The 1860s census has Hester, Andrew and their children were living in Washington, Virginia. Hester lived in Virginia until her death on October 19th 1890 and she is buried in Laurel Valley Cemetery located in Smyth County, Virginia with her husband and other family members. I haven’t researched Hester or anybody in her family as of yet so I don’t know how I am connected to her. I do know she is Caucasian and I believe majority if not all of her descendants on Ancestry DNA are as well, so this is definitely going to be interesting.
Through my genealogical research via ancestry.com I was able to connect with relatives in Alabama on my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer Cox side of the family. Last week traveled to Alabama and I had the pleasure to meet Frank Moorer, a cousin who I had been in contact with since April. We both descend from Adam Moorer who is said to have been born in South Caroline and Malinda Hale born in Alabama. Frank said he told his siblings about me and they also wanted to meet me, I was excited to meet my family, I felt like I was on a an episode of Who Do You Think You Are and or Finding Your Roots. I went from having never met a single relative on my great grandmother’s side to being introduced to a whole family. It still feels a little surreal that I met them, they made me feel so welcome like I had known them for years. I definitely look forward to meeting more of my Moorer family members.
I think sites like Ancestry.com as well as 23andme.com are great tools not only for genealogy but to also connect with new family members. On my way to Alabama I stopped in Atlanta and I was able to meet for the first time my cousin DeVan who I am related to on my grandmother Artensie’s side of the family, we still don’t know the direct link but it is from that side of the family. I have also spoken to cousin Sonny who also descends from Adam Moorer and Malinda Hale, and cousin Tina who like DeVan we are still trying to find that common ancestor but no the less these are my cousins.
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A few years ago I ordered MatriClan DNA test kit via Africanancestry.com The MatriClan test traces maternal ancestry by analyzing the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) women and men inherit exclusively from their mothers. To simply put it its my mother’s mother’ mother’s lineage, the results showed I was of Nigerian decent on my maternal side. I could now pinpoint a place in Africa where my ancestors originated, and hopefully go visit one day. About a year ago decided to take the ancestry DNA test kit via Ancestry.com to see if my African results would be different, check out my results from the new improved Ancestry.com.
While doing some research on Ancestry.com I came across two military headstone applications. One for my grandfather filled out for my grandmother and another for my great uncle filled out by my great grandfather. Its just amazing to see my great grandfather’s signature, a man who had to learn how to read and write as an adult.
My grandfather’s original headstone