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.

Members of the Taylor, Howell and Covey family from Tell City Indiana and Owen Cottrells 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.

The Philip J Taylor, Tell City , Perry County Indiana Paternal Connection

Philip J Taylor Address

Philip J Taylor 1953

According to my birth mother Philip J. Taylor of Tell City Indiana was with her the night she believes I was conceived. Her story is supported by what I call my cocktail napkin birth certificate pictured to the right. The address written on this note paper was given to my birth mother the night Philip Taylor visited her in August of 1953 and was found among my birth mothers letters after she passed away. In addition to what my birth mothers has shared with me about the events that evening I now have in excess of 20 genetic matches with descendants of ancestors of Philip Taylor adding to the growing genetic evidence that Philip Taylor was my birth father.

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. 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.

Phillip J Taylor

Philip J Taylor

I hope that members of Philip Taylorís 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. 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.


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.

The Cottrell Connection – I am still trying to sort out my genetic connection to the ancestors of Owen Cottrell family hope that descendants of Owen Cottrell will volunteer to participate in the free Cottrell genetic genealogy project,. Current thinking is either some sort of maternal connection in the late 1700′s or perhaps some left over dna from some sort of extremely rare chimerism that could have occurred that interesting night in Boston in August of 1953. The only way to find out will be if closer Cottrells to Owen Cottrell volunteer to participate in our research project.

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 mark@capeflier.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. Thank you for participating in bringing our history alive.