USS Shenandoah the Summer of 1953

Welcome cousins and fellow genetic genealogy researchers  to  my  personal  online  genetic genealogy research resource site.     Family history research is  most successful when  we are able to combine  DNA match information at the matching segment level with information about  the ancestors in each others family trees and I hope visitors will agree we  can both benefit the most by a willingness to help each other in this journey.

Genetic cousins who match me or the genetic genealogy kits I manage on  GEDMatch.com, 23andme,  Family Tree DNA, or Ancestry.com  genetic genealogy databases  will find the resources here to help us locate our common ancestors.

I manage several genetic genealogy tests at AncestryDNA,23andme, Family Tree DNA and  Gedmatch.com  and  no assumptions should be made about matches or our  common ancestors  without  corresponding with me at mark@capeflier.com about our  specific test results. Please include company you tested with ie Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, 23and me and the name of the person you match with  and any other information that might help with our connections.  Due to the way Ancestry handles  matches I often rotate the linked family tree through different family lines which could easily cause a researcher to miss our common ancestor if we don’t talk to eachother.

A common problem with genetic genealogy research is so many of our emails go unanswered,  I am friendly and I answer emails from my matches.


Taylor Howell and Covey Family Research Genealogy Project and Free Genetic Genealogy Testing.

My research has moved on to chromosome segment  mapping which requires that I find other genetic cousins to test. I am looking for descendants of Adlai Taylor or other potential genetic cousins from the  Albert Taylor or  Albert Howell  and Uriah  Howell family  willing to contribute to our family research, in addition to free testing, there is also compensation for your time.     I also  hope my existing  genetic matches  from 23andme,GEDMatch.com , Family Tree DNA, and AncestryDNA  will take the time to do a quick check for any Taylor, Covey or Howell connections.

Phillip J Taylor

Philip J Taylor

I hope that members of Philip Taylor’s family of Perry County Indiana will consider taking the free AncestryDNA or  Family Tree DNA Family Finder test to help in documenting family history.   If interested contact me at mark@capeflier.com Genetic genealogy has come a long way in a few short years. Not only can siblings and first cousins help but anyone with a recent genetic connection can contribute to my research. A second cousin from the Taylor.Howell or Covey family  that matches with me would be very helpful in our family research. More information about the Taylor  genetic genealogy project is located at  the Taylor Genetic Genealogy Project page.   Contact me at mark@capeflier.com for information about how to participate.

The Cottrell Connection –   I am still trying to sort out my genetic connection to the ancestors of Owen Cottrell and hope that descendants of Owen Cottrell will  volunteer to participate in the free Cottrell genetic genealogy project,. I am extremely grateful for the five Cottrell cousins who  have already  participated in our genetic genealogy studies to help me unravel the twisted genetics of my past.

Sproul Genetic Genealogy  Project  – I am happy to work with my matches that include the Sproul family connections  to find genetic connections there as well. Aside from the fact that its just plain fun to find new cousins the current goals of the Sproul genetic genealogy project include connecting the Sprouls of early 1800s Cornwall Canada to the Sproul family that dates back to Walter Spreull 1245 in Scotland.  I especially encourage descendants of the Paisley Scotland Sprouls to contribute to our research.

Other genetic family connections – 

There are several other family connections that interest me that I hope my matches will explore.   In addition to exploring  names that keep recurring in my matches I  am also interested in connections to  Mobile  Alabama, Tennessee, Lexington County South Carolina  ,Ohio ,Indiana and Massachusetts.  My earlier research also showed Native American and Melungeon connections which also interest me.


Why the Y is still important

Y DNA is very useful because it passes relatively unchanged from father to son through the generations. So in theory a Taylor from 1500 should have very close to the same DNA as a distant descendant in 2014.  With three different Taylor families in Philip Taylors family tree it is a huge help knowing which ones belong to Philip Taylors paternal Taylor line.  There  are two nomenclatures in common use to define  our haplogroup. One is the terminal SNP pronounced snip. Mine is L2 , Not everyone has tested as many markers as I have so if your terminal SNP is M269 that is in the same branch of the tree and we could still match.  The other nomenclature is a  haplogroup tree reference, mine starts with  R1b1*  , The downstream values vary by year so so first need to know which year ISOGG tree you are using, Then compare values as far left to right as we have in common. If the shortest value runs out of digits without a mismatch with the other then we are still possible matches.   For example R1b1a*  and  R1b1a2a1a2b1 are still potential matches one has simply tested more markers.  Keep in mind that even if we dont match on YDNA  we can still be related  on either of the other  lines as a non  YDNA match  simply means its not a male to male to male ancestry. So if our YDNA does not match we could still macth one of the other Taylors on Phil Taylors mothers side.

Here are my values translated by year.

R1b1a1a1a1a4f  April 2014

R1b1a2a1a2b1   2014
R1b1a2a1a2b1    2013
R1b1a2a1a1b3c  2011
R1b1b2a1a2d3   2010

My YDNA  terminal SNP is   L2 and  I am also in the M269 subclade.



Other Genetic Genealogy Kits I manage: I manage several  genetic genealogy  projects for  others some of which may not have recent genetic connections with me.  Please be sure to include which kit you match as well as any information that might help us identify your common ancestor.

A word about passwords To protect family privacy a  password is required for certain sections of our site . The genealogy, pictures file and document archives each have their own distinct password as they are of interest to different people.  Please email me with your connection to the family or the genetic match information you are researching  and the section(s)  you would like  the password for. Passwords are freely available to anyone with a connection to the family so feel free to email me. Thank you for participating in bringing our history alive.