Family Tree, Genetics, and Finding Home (Part Three)

Sometime in the past 100 or so years, there had been an adoption event that brought a Sarrett (Surrette or Surritt) into the Byars family. But that didn't seem to bring me any closer to finding out where my family was originally from. My Y-DNA belongs to the R-L1 haplogroup, which I know mostly comes from the south … Continue reading Family Tree, Genetics, and Finding Home (Part Three)

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Family Tree, Genetics, and Finding Home (Part Two)

According to Family Tree DNA, my DNA did not match any other Byars who had been tested in South Carolina, North Carolina, or Virginia. Those were all places where, according to my grandfather's family tree, my ancestors had lived. Rather, my DNA matched three gentlemen surnamed Sarrett, Surrette, and Surritt. In fact, the probability of a common ancestor … Continue reading Family Tree, Genetics, and Finding Home (Part Two)