Saturday, January 28, 2012

SNGF - Your Maternal Grandfather's Paternal Line

Thanks to Randy over at GeneaMusings for yet another great challenge!

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.

1) My mother's father's name was Henry Condar Dreher, Jr.

2) My mother's father's patrilineal line:
Henry Condar Dreher, Jr. > Henry Condar Dreher Sr. > Gottlieb Dreher

3) Male siblings of my mother's father, and their male descendants:
    A) Frank Henry Dreher - no male children
    B) Henry Edward Dreher - died 1918, no children
    C) Walter Louis Dreher - sons James Walter and Robert Royce Dreher
    D) Joseph Benzel Dreher - no sons

It would appear that James Walter and Robert Royce Dreher would be the only candidates for this study. However, in looking for these individuals today, I find that James Walter Dreher [b. 14 Jun 1933] passed away on 05 May 2008. I could find no record for Robert Royce Dreher passing, and assume at this point he is still alive. And there is, in fact, an active telephone listing for him. This would mean that he would be our most likely candidate for this study.

This is an avenue I am interested in pursuing, but at present lack the funds for the study. Perhaps this is something I can save for!

Would you like to do a Y-DNA study on your maternal patrilineal line? If so, can you answer the above questions regarding your ancestors and their descendants?

If funds were unavailable for this study, what creative ways can you think of to raise the cost of the study?

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