Saturday, March 21, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: My Paternal Grandmother's Patrilineal Line

Once again Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Paternal Grandmother's Patrilineal Line has come up with an interesting challenge:

Provide a list of your paternal grandmother's patrilineal line. Answer these questions:

* What was your father's mother's maiden name? Norman. (Sallie Frances Norman, 5 Sep 1892-8 Dec 1984, born Talladega Co., Alabama)

* What was your father's mother's father's name? William Henry “Jack” Norman (15 Mar 1858-19 Dec 1939, born in Alabama)

* What is your father's 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?

Jack Norman > Joseph Madison Carroll Norman > Thomas Norman (>Joseph Madison Norman>James Madison Norman>Joseph Norman>Isaac Norman)

* Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father's mother, 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.

Sallie Frances Norman had four brothers:

William Norman (1880-1881)
Thomas Franklin Norman (6 Mar 1882-16 Aug 1958): He had nine sons, and I’m fairly sure some of their descendants are still living.
Jessie Frederick Norman (1884-1895)
Obadiah “Oby” Norman (31 Mar 1895-Jun 1979): I believe he had one son who died as a child.

I am not certain of the ancestors listed in parentheses in Jack Norman’s patrilineal line and will have to check this line myself. To find out if we are descended from Isaac Norman, I would have to get a descendant of Thomas Franklin Norman to take the DNA test.

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