Finding Fayette’s Father: Autosomal DNA Reveals Misattributed Parentage

Jennifer Zinck, CG
Aug 17, 2022
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Case Study
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About this webinar

Traditional documentation clearly identified Fayette’s father without conflict. However, the DNA results of Fayette’s descendants told a different story. Learn how DNA evidence combined with a trail of clues and the application of the Genealogical Proof Standard revealed a secret from the summer of 1913.

About the speaker

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Jennifer Zinck, CG® is a genealogical researcher, speaker, and educator who specializes in incorporating DNA results into genealogical research. Her traditional research focus is Connecticut and New England. Jennifer serves as the President of the
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    Carol Snow
    1 month ago

    Thanks! I kept checking back to see if you had answered. And, I’m SURE you caught that I mis-typed typo as type in my first message. I need to ALWAYS slow down and proof before hitting Send or Submit.

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      Jennifer Zinck
      1 month ago

      I actually figured out what I did! I was thinking about how that could have happened and I realized that when I used my initial tree structure in Lucidchart as a template for Charlotte and Samuel, I updated everything except Charlotte’s birthdate. I’m glad I figured out *how* that happened because it seemed like such a random error. Many thanks to those who paid attention to detail and to Geoff for offering to make edits I have submitted for the recorded slides! Each instance should correctly reflect her birthdate soon. I believe the saying that I have heard repeatedly in genealogy courses, “Everyone needs an editor.”

      By the way, all this talk about Charlotte, wasn’t she beautiful?! I really hope my grandma met her and I wish they knew about their biological connection as grandmother and granddaughter.

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    Francine Crowley Griffis CG
    1 month ago

    Loved seeing the progression of this case over the years culminating in this great presentation, Jen. Brava!

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      Jennifer Zinck
      1 month ago

      Thank you so much, Francine. I am so glad to have you as an accountability partner, for certification and onwards!

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    Carol Snow
    1 month ago

    I loved this presentation, but I may need to review part of it. During the presentation I momentarily got “LOST” when Charlotte Burkenshaw Bradshaw was shown with the dates (1883 – 1931) — which could NOT be possible with the dates for the children. Since I could not back up at the time, I simply made a note. Maybe there is an explanation — or a type. In any case, any clarification would be much appreciated. The explanations and research were outstanding otherwise.

    Thanks.

    Carol Snow

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      Jennifer Zinck
      1 month ago

      Thank you, Carol. It is indeed a typo and I’ve fixed it on my end. Geoff has kindly offered to edit it on the slide. She surely could not have had children before she was born. She was born about 1841 and got married in 1865. Good catch!

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    Christine Woodlands
    1 month ago

    I always advise researchers to use the relationship predictions at AncestryDNA rather than the “crowd sourced” “Shared cM tool” when both the tester and match are at AncestryDNA. I suggest the “Shared cM tool” when looking at matches at other sites.

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      Jennifer Zinck
      1 month ago

      Yes, oftentimes we’re comparing across companies and some of my data was from FTDNA, not just Ancestry. Ancestry’s estimated relationships did not exist when I did this research. Now, I usually look at both and that is what I recommend because it’s best to have all of the information we can.

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    sharron gebhardt
    1 month ago

    Fabulous!

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    Lisa Wooldridge
    1 month ago

    Great presentation! I love anything DNA, especially case studies. The presenter nailed it and presented it at a level that was easy to understand

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    Leslie Johnson
    1 month ago

    This was an excellent webinar! I especially appreciated the explanations of the step-by-step applications of the genealogy proof standards as Mrs. Zinck conducted her paper and DNA research, as well as the practical tips she provided.

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    Neil McNicol
    1 month ago

    I love a good genetic genealogy “tale”, and this was beautifully presented by Jennifer. It was akin to reading one of Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s books.

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