Welcome Taylor, Sproul , Cottrell, Rheault cousins and my other genetic connections as together we walk this incredible journey of family history discovery. Genetic cousins who match me or the genetic genealogy kits I manage on the 23andme, Family Tree DNA, GEDMatch.com or Ancestry.com genetic genealogy databases will find the resources here to help us locate our common ancestors.
Members of the Taylor, Howell and Covey family from Tell City Indiana and the Cottrell, Gibson , Toman family from Michigan and Darke County Ohio will find information on how they can help with our research by participating in our genetic genealogy research. Current research focus is on locating genetic connections with the descendants of the ancestors of Philip J. Taylor of Tell City , Perry County, Indiana and Owen Cottrell of Cement City, Michigan.
As an adoptee I am twice blessed . First I was welcomed by my Mom and Dad into a loving delightful family as their own child with a caring brother and a whole boatload of awesome Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Second I am blessed because thanks to genetic genealogy I am now finding connections to my genetic roots with wonderful sisters and a delightful group of genetic relatives. Finding my genetic roots has resulted in a new understanding of my sense of self and my identity as well as provided important medical history that very likely saved my life. Family researchers often hear I am adopted and run, I ask that you stick around and read my story, when you know me you will understand I am a kind and compassionate soul who is only seeking the same connection to my genetic roots as everyone else. I am currently working on three genetic genealogy projects connecting me to my genetic roots as summarized below. I will be forever grateful for everyone’s kindness and compassion as we untangle the branches of my tree of life
Philip J Taylor, Tell City , Perry County Indiana Family Research Genealogy Project and Free Genetic Genealogy Testing.
According to my birth mother Philip J. Taylor of Tell City Indiana was with her the night she believes I was conceived. The address written on a piece of note paper to the right given to my birth mother the summer of 1953 supports the fact that Philip J Taylor visited with my mother when the USS Shenandoah, a Navy Destroyer Tender , made its stop in Boston in August of 1953. My mothers story of the events that evening support the Philip Taylor biological connection. In addition to what I call my “Cocktail Napkin Birth Certificate” I have sixteen genetic matches with descendants of ancestors of Philip Taylor adding to the growing genetic evidence that Philip Taylor was my birth father.
Philip Taylor did not have any children in his later marriage so I hope that perhaps one of Adlai Taylor’s other descendants or other potential genetic cousins from the Albert Taylor or Albert Howell and Uriah Howell families will help me out with the information I need. 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.
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 email@example.com Genetic genealogy has come a long way in a few short years. Not only can siblings and first cousins help but anyone one 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.
Owen Cottrell Family Research and Genetic Genealogy Free Test Offer
My birth mother told me that Owen Cottrell another sailor on the USS Shenandoah was also her the night I was conceived. The similar appearance between our families and low level matches of DNA with several distant Cottrell family cousins all indicate some sort of genetic connection with the ancestors of Owen Cottrell of Cement City Michigan. There are several possibilities for the source of this genetic connection. One source of Cottrell genetic cousins is a possible genetic connection through my birth mother with the descendants of Hiram Cottrell who settled in Greene County Ohio that was created sometime in the 1700′s. The similar appearance between myself and my son and various Cottrell Family members presents the question could such a similarity really come from a common distant maternal ancestor back 5 or 6 generations or did we inherit that similar appearance through some sort of more recent paternal connection with Owen Cottrell.
One of my genetic genealogy project goals is to determine exactly what my biological connection to Owen Cottrell or his ancestors may have been. Adding to the mystery is the five genetic matches with the descendants of ancestors of Owen Cottrells grandmother Eva Myrtle Gibson. These matches would seem to indicate a more recent common ancestor than Hiram Cottrell. The unique circumstances surrounding the night of my conception and the mixed genetic genealogy DNA results require further genetic testing and research.
It is becoming more important to our research then ever that more immediate members of Owen Cottrell’s Family join our genetic genealogy project. Free Ancestry.com genetic genealogy tests continue to be available to descendants of Owen Cottrell from Cement City Michigan as whatever the results they will help in our search for historically accurate facts about my heritage. I have also added the Free AncestryDNA test offer to certain descendants of Isaac Gibson and George Leon Toman of Darke County Ohio and I hope potential Gibson and Toman cousins from these families will contact me to discuss participating in this exciting genetic genealogy study. Imagine the goodwill to be gained by contributing to reconstructing a family history once thought lost forever. In addition to helping me the results will be yours to keep for your own family research.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about how to participate. I am extremely grateful for the five Cottrell cousins who volunteered to participate in our genetic genealogy studies to help me unravel the twisted genetics of my past.
…Exploring the two father mystery. Finding who my birth father was has been complicated because according to my birth mother both Philip Taylor and Owen Cottrell were with her the night I was conceived. With over 15 DNA matches to descendants of ancestors of Philip Taylor and over 9 to descendants of ancestors of Owen Cottrell genetic genealogy has only made the mystery more interesting. Perhaps both men’s families had a part in my genetic history. While the accumulated evidence leans towards Philip Taylor being my birth father there are remaining pieces of evidence that still point to DNA “pieces” of me being from Owen Cottrell or his ancestors . The only way we are going to solve the remaining questions is if Owen Cotrell’s children , grandchildren or other Cottrell, Taylor, Toman,Howell, Gibson and Covey cousins help out by participating in our free genetic genealogy testing program .
More about the science behind the multiple paternal DNA possibilty is located in this article on Chimerism
I hope that experts in chimerism and its role in human genetics who stumble upon this web page will contact me as I have some rather complicated questions about how human chimerism would present itself in our DNA. .
Sproul Genetic Genealogy Project – My maternal genetic genealogy is through the Sproul family and I am happy to work with my matches 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 Genealogy Kits I manage:
If you have found your way here because of matches with Rheault, Condon, Buchanan or Howe tests at Family Tree DNA please email me directly at email@example.com for information about those family trees. These are projects I manage 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.
No need to fear genetic genealogy.
People often hear DNA and get all nervous , please understand that we use genetic genealogy test results for genealogical family research purposes only, the medical history I seek is only what is voluntarily disclosed by the families and public records.IE Grandpa died of a heart attack. I wish to be very clear we are not using the DNA results for any purpose other than verifying common ancestry. By way of example a public database showing Billy Bop Kit number x6666 has a 4th cousin named Sally Bop kit F7765 gives very little information away about either Billy or Sally except they are distant cousins. People have been publishing family trees forever genetic genealogy is simply a tool to help firm up our knowledge of our genetic heritage. Thank you for participating in bringing our history alive.