Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saturday Night Fun Maternal Grandfather's Line

It's Saturday Night, so it's time for some Genealogy Fun.


Many of us have traced our patrilineal line and had a Y-DNA test done for the line. I thought that some of you might be interested in tracing another Y-DNA line - that of your maternal grandfather.

The challenge is this:

Find a living male person in your database from your maternal grandfather's patrilineal line who could take a Y-DNA test. Answer these questions:

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?

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.


1) My grandfather was Charles Rupert Kelly

2) His father was Robert Forsyth Kelly, grandfather was Thomas Kelly one of my brick walls. Thomas was born near Louisville April 25, 1827. He married Margaret Josephine Forsyth and I have the Forsyth family back to North Ireland.

3) Well my mom was an only child, her father almost an only child, his only brother died at age five. Thomas Kelly had four sons, Robert, Charles, John and Thomas. John and Thomas both died young, but Charles lived to have four sons, one that died early so there is a possible sons alive in that line yet. My only contact from that family has been a son of one of the two daughters. There was bad feelings when Robert Forsyth Kelly died so the family has been pretty polarized since.

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