Friday, December 20, 2013
Exciting News: A New West Cousin!
On October 9, 2013, my sister and I discovered that both of us genetically match D, a female with the maiden name of West. About two or three years ago, I became acquainted with D, a second cousin, through e-mail. At that time we shared information about our common great grandparents, Thomas Harvey West and America Ann McNeil. Recently, I was elated to find that D participated in Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder test which resulted in the identification of our genetic match. As we were confirming our genetic match with our paper trail, D confided that she had become interested in DNA testing as a result of reading this blog. I was pleased that my posts have encouraged others to be tested.
Since we discovered our match, D and I have shared in-common matches and information with each other. D is also a genetic match with my 4th cousin, Joanne, another West descendant, whom I have mentioned in previous blog posts. Working with these ladies to discover our common heritage and share information has been quite rewarding. I look forward to our continued relationship.
As I have done before, I encourage others who are serious amateur genealogists to participate in genetic testing. Genetic testing does not preclude documentation with the paper-trail. Both of these genealogical methods support each other. Genetic testing provides proof of relationships, but the paper trail is necessary to confirm the degree or level of the relationship.