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Sunday, September 23, 2007

'Lost Colony' search goes on centuries later

By Mike Baker, Associated Press

Sunday, September 16, 2007


News Release


Donald N. Yates, Ph.D.
Tel. 505.473.5155

DNA CONSULTING LAUNCHES ANCESTRY DISCUSSION BOARDS Has Support Forums for 300 Populations from around the World

SANTA FE, N.M. – (September 15, 2007) – DNA Consulting has introduced a website designed to help genetic genealogists understand their ethnic mix as determined by home DNA tests.

DNA Ancestor Communities is a support forum for users inputting their DNA profile into OmniPop, a world population database. OmniPop takes the unique set of markers contained in the DNA of each of us and estimates which countries and ethnic groups contributed to our overall ancestry.

“The use of population genetics for genealogy is a totally new, somewhat daunting technology, one that has just recently come into the reach of the consuming public,” said Donald N. Yates, principal investigator for DNA Consulting. “OmniPop is out there and available, but it’s tricky to use. We wanted to give people a special community in which to interpret and update their results. This way, they can grow, learn from and teach others as the science unfolds.”

OmniPop is the driving force behind a product DNA Consulting introduced only last year. Called the DNA Fingerprint Test, this home test looks at random markers spread across your entire genome, not just at your father’s Y chromosome or mother’s maternally inherited DNA type as do older tests. Accordingly, the DNA Fingerprint Test can paint a picture of your entire ancestry, not just selective lines.

DNA Fingerprint Test gives you your top 20 matches to populations around the world, plus a separate list for European countries. These are interpreted in a custom report that summarizes the likely major countries of your principal ancestry, as well as the presence of any admixture from minor ancestral lines (for instance, Native American). The test can reveal hidden or small degrees of ancestry that may not be shown in traditional DNA tests.

Not just customers, but anyone can participate in DNA Ancestor Communities. The last public version of OmniPop is available there free.

DNA Consulting supports the development of OmniPop and uses the most up-to-date version in its DNA Fingerprint Test, with data from more than 300 world populations – and counting. At the new website, customers can discuss how well their DNA Fingerprint results match the family’s oral traditions and known genealogy. They can also upload pictures and share links to special information about different countries of origin and family trees.

In addition to world OmniPop populations, every DNA Fingerprint Test includes the top-ranking matches according to the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes database. Because they use different standards, OmniPop and ENFSI cannot be combined into a single database, and two searches are necessary. The company is the only test provider to provide this service. The Europe forum within DNA Ancestor Communities has expert help on using ENFSI and understanding human migrations in post-Ice Age Europe.

The DNA Fingerprint Test sells for $250.00 and is available for immediate ordering online at or by calling toll-free 1-877-473-5155. The website address of DNA Ancestor Communities is


Redbones of Louisiana (Paperback)

The Mystery In Our Midst

By Jim Serra is the Vice President and General Manager for KPLC-TV, the NBC affiliate serving Lake Charles and Lafayette, Louisiana."


Redbone Conference October 17 - 19 In Lake Charles, Louisiana


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ancestor Communities

"Have you completed the DNA Fingerprint Test and found out you have ancestry in France/Toulouse? Scotland/Dundee? Rwanda/Hutu? The Middle East? The Native American Lumbee population? Enter one of our new Ancestor Communities here and meet others with ancestors from the same corner of the world! Upload pictures, post family stories, genealogies and more."


Friday, September 14, 2007

Photo gallery: Fire destroys 'Lost Colony' costumes

The Virginian-Pilot
©September 11, 2007


Revoluntionary Warrents : Tennessee

Pioneers Of Davidson County, Tennessee

Records from State and County Archives, Revolutionary Warrants, Page 47

No. 386. Heirs of Brinson Jones, a corporal in the line of this state; 360 acres within the limits of land reserved by law for the officers and soldiers of the Cont. Line; issued 3 Aug. 1820. Lawrence Cherry purchased the warrant from Thomas Jones, Silas A. Jones, Rueben Farrow, Rebecca Farrow, and Permelia Lee Brook of Hide Co., N. C., heirs of Brinson Jones, revolutionary soldier, on 17 July 1820, with William Harrell and Benjamin Neal as witnesses. On 19 July 1820 Soloman Jennett and Pembroke Jennett of Hide Co., N. C. heirs of Brinson Jones, acknowledged the sale, with William Harrell and Nathan Jennett as witnesses.

"Pioneers Of Davidson County, Tennessee", originally published as part of the series entitled "Tennessee Genealogy Records, Nashville, 1965 Reprinted: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, Maryland 1979 Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 79-500041 International Standard Book Number 0-8063-084-0


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Prior Engagement Saves Some Costumes From Manteo Fire ::

"Raleigh — Several costumes used in the play "The Lost Colony" were spared from a recent Dare County fire because they were in a museum exhibit in Raleigh"


Saturday, September 08, 2007

Researchers to test Lost Colony theory

Washington Daily News Online

Researchers to test Lost Colony theory By DAN PARSONS


Friday, September 07, 2007

Researchers seek Lost Colony descendants

Researchers seek Lost Colony descendants

By Miller Resor
Rocky Mount Telegram

Sunday, August 26, 2007


Local firm aims to solve Roanoke mystery -

Archaeologists, historians and scholars have been trying for years to determine what became of the members of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, to little avail.


The roaming stones


"Willard said the three-day North Carolina symposium, however, will highlight some recent scientific evidence from DNA testing and satellite imaging that indicates some of the Roanoke colonists found their way at least to the point where the first stone was discovered.

Willard and Southerland agree that little or no scientific testing can be performed on the stones now to shed light on when the carvings occurred."


Possible Lost Colony Descendants Submit DNA Samples

"Researchers now believe there are thousands of direct descendants of that Lost Colony living right here in eastern Carolina. It's a possible discovery that will solve an over 400 year mystery."


Lost Colony: Can New Dig Solve Mystery?

By Willie Drye for National Geographic News March 2, 2004


>First Settlement

The story of the first English colony in North America has been fascinating historians and curiosity seekers for a very long time. The saga began on a summer day 420 years ago when co-captain Arthur Barlowe and a few dozen other Englishmen stood at the railing of their ship and peered anxiously across the water at a strange new world.>


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

1751 Granville County North Carolina Tax List on Dan River

A List of Tythables on Dan River for the Year 1751 by George Baumbach

George's Genealogical Research Filing Cabinet

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Kelly's Creek Settlement " Kanawha County, WV

The Walter Kelly family of Kanawha County, WV is my family too. I am descended from Moses Kelly of Kanawha County.


"In 1774 Walter Kelly and family settled on what is now called Kelly's creek, which empties into the Kanawha river twenty miles above Charleston. Here he established himself by taking a "tomahawk title"* to several hundred acres of land, built a cabin and cleared the timber, undergrowth, &c., from a field for farming purposes. In fact, he permanently located at this point; and his settlement was advertised accordingly. The nearest white settlement was in Greenbrier county, where a fort had been constructed for a protection against the attacks of marauding Indians, who infested the country on every hand. His westward advance had been made contrary to the wishes of his friends, and against the better judgment of the Greenbrier colony; but Mr. Kelly, being of adventurous nature and roving disposition, would not be controlled by the advice of his friends, and so, striking out towards the setting sun, he had made a camp for himself and family on the creek which took his name, in this county, fully eighty miles from Donnally's fort, in Greenbrier county, then the western limit of civilization"


Mingo Indians : multi-cultural group


"The Mingo were not actually an Indian tribe, but a multi-cultural group of Indians that established several communities within present-day West Virginia. They lacked a central government and, like all other Indians within the region at that time, were subject to the control of the Iroquois Confederacy. The Mingo originally lived closer to the Atlantic Coast, but European settlement pushed them into western Virginia and eastern Ohio."