I’ve been very interested in my ancestry, especially since my grandfather passed away and left me with his research on family history. He and my great uncle had worked out a family tree as far as they could (1800s), but that was without the resources of the internet.
I took their research and began comparing it with what I could find online and was pleased to find other descendants from the oldest names who had taken their research farther. In fact, I was able to see the family tree all the way back to the 1600s in Colonial Virginia. I contacted an historian at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in New Kent, Virginia, and was able to get more information on my ancestor who had been a tobacco farmer and was mentioned in the parish registry. However, there were no immigration records. There had been a fire where those records had been kept and most of them had been lost.
So, I turned to DNA. I decided to try Family Tree DNA to see if the results would give me any direction. I discovered that my Y-DNA (paternal) belongs to the Western Atlantic Modal Haplotype (the most common haplogroup in Western Europe) and more specifically to the R-L1 haplogroup (found from Eastern Europe to its highest frequency in Central Europe and the British Isles).
But there was a wrinkle. My DNA did not match any other Byars who had been tested in South Carolina, North Carolina, or Virginia.