Friday, April 1, 2011


An internet genealogical contact is in the unfortunate situation of not having a male in the surname line
to take the Y-DNA test on her behalf---until a moment of serendipity occurred and such a male has already been tested and his test results are on display.  Her family's coat of arms has an O'Neill crest above it and the person tested has the Niall of the Nine Hostages haplotype.
I had been trying to find some McCowns scattered about an FTDNA project and that surname was there.
This contact has done a lot of diligent research both here and in Ulster and has access to some records that most of the rest of us don't.  Still, after giving up hope for help via DNA, it was found by chance.

She has been a great help to me providing information and advice that may ultimately unlock the Ulster
history of my McCown line.  I will take serendipity over hard work any old time.


chris said...

Those that suspect Nail of the Nine hostages are gathering here on Family Tree DNA.

kathleen said...

does anyone have info on coanes from ballyshannon?my great grand father was richard davis..he married mary coane.her father was bernard coane..his wife was mary boyle. thank you for any help.