Saturday, January 28, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Maternal Grandfather's Paternal Line

It's Saturday Night, so it's time for some Genealogy Fun. 

Many of us have traced our patrilineal line and had a Y-DNA test done for the line.  I thought that some of you might be interested in tracing another Y-DNA line - that of your maternal grandfather. 

The challenge is this:

Find a living male person in your database from your maternal grandfather's patrilineal line who could take a Y-DNA test. Answer these questions:

1) What was your mother's father's name?

2) What is your mother's father's patrilineal line? That is, his father's father's father's ... back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?

3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your mother's father, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.

4)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook or Google Plus post.

Here is mine (as an example):

1)  My mother's father was Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), born in San Diego CA.  He was the only child that lived to adulthood.

2)  Lyle's father was Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  He had one brother, Harvey Edgar (1852-1946) who did not marry and had no children.

3)  Henry's father was David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902), born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  He had four brothers:

**  George Carringer (1832-1880),  who had one son, Wilbert H. Carringer (1863-1924) who had one daughter.
**  Cornelius A. Carringer (1834-1916), who had three daughters, but no sons.
**  Henry Carringer (1839-1864), not married.
**  Harvey Carringer (1848-1870), not married.

4)  David Jackson's father was Henry Carringer (1800-1881), born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.   He had  four brothers:

**  Jacob Carringer (1785-1865), who had three sons with children, but none of the male lines extend past 1942.
**  George Carringer (1795-1870), who had five sons, and I can find several males born in the early 20th century, but don't have death dates for them, and don't know if they had sons..
**  Solomon Carringer (1802-???), no further record.
**  Joseph Carringer (1805-1869), who had five sons; several had male line descendants who were born in the 1920s and 1930s, and are potential Y-DNA candidates, along with any sons they might have had.

I thought that I was going to get shut out here!  The last one I checked has the best chance!  Now the challenge is to find the children of these male Carringer's born in the 1910 to 1940 time period

I'm thinking that the 1940 U.S. Census may be my best bet to find names, dates, places and children when it comes out!!!

Did you identify a living male descendant of your mother's father in your database who might be a Y-DNA candidate for your mother's maiden name?

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Copyright (c) Randall J. Seaver, 2012.


Judy G. Russell said...

This one's WAY too easy for me, Randy! My mother's father had six sons and raised five to adulthood. My uncle David has already done the YDNA test for me. And if he hadn't, I have, let's see here, give or take a dozen male first cousins from that line!

Unknown said...

I've tested three of my mom's brothers: one for Y-DNA and two for autosomal DNA. My mom is very interested in testing all of her siblings to get the most genetic data possible, especially given that her parents have passed away.

I am currently waiting on test results to find out my maternal grandmother's maternal grandfather's Y-DNA Haplogroup. I was lucky to be in touch with a male cousin of my grandmother's. His is the only known male line available to test for this family.

Tonia said...

This was a fun exercise. Thanks, Randy!

Gale Bamman said...

Is there a test for a female line...specifically-- I want to see if DNA will help me learn the father of my paternal grandfather's maternal grandmother. I strongly suspect her father was one of two men. But, do I trace the males of those two men down through time, and then get the DNA test on a living descendant of each of those lines? Or, is there a y-DNA test for the female (i.e., I'd need to trace the females through the generations to find a living female descendant)?(Send me to a FAQ site if you wish.) :-)

Family Historian said...

This was an interesting challenge, not one that was difficult to find a candidate but it made me realize that I have a lot of holes in this line of my family tree and that I better start filling in the blanks while I still have people to answer the questions. Thanks for the task.

Greta Koehl said...

Ugh. This was the very test I should have used Family Tree DNA's recent sale for. But didn't. You can read about it at

Taneya said...

easy for me too! here's my post -

Dawn said...

Thanks for the great prompt, Randy! Here's my contribution:

But I've never had any DNA testing done so far!

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

I do a surname blog on my maternal Grandfather's line: The KINNICK Project:

;-) Please stop by and check it out. ;-)

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