Tracing Ancestors

I have been doing a bit of genealogy in the evenings this week. I am working on tracing a few branches of my family and want to capture some data before makes an update to their DNA matching algorithm. They will be improving their matching, but in the process are increasing the amount of shared DNA needed to show a match. I want to capture some of the crumbs in the lower DNA matches so that I can retain the clues they might hold.

Solomon Rowe - Mahanna Bolin - Memorial Day - Civil War Dead - IowaOne of the branches I am working on is my Bolin family. I am hoping that the new matching algorithm will help make sense of some of the data. Can I figure out why I am getting matches with the Jefferson, Bolling, Kennon and Blair families? The DNA is not exactly following the paper trail, but there are many inaccurate family trees in Ancestry for these families.

Will I finally sort out Mahana Bolin Row’s ancestry?

Great Grandpa Braman - Wedding Picture 1911 - Ford Motor Company - Old Wedding PicturesI am thinking of other ancestors as I wade through my DNA matches. I am also trying to find out more about the ancestry of my great grandmother Sarah Adeline Leeper Braman. I think of this picture often as my hair gets thicker and thicker while sheltering at home.

Addeline Baker Leeper, John Henry Leeper, GenealogyHer mother Adeline Baker Leeper also had thick dark wavy hair. She is the one on the left in this picture. It is her ancestry that I am trying to find out more about.

3rd Great Grandfather, David Darling, Ancestry, Geneaology, Family HistoryThis is one of our older family pictures. Here is my third great grandfather David Darling. I have found some recent clues to his ancestry and am verifying them to see if they are correct. This could be another branch tracing back to 1621 in the Plymouth Colony.

absalom leeper, Blind, preacher, Old Picture, Mad as a hatterI have also been tracing the main branch of my Leeper family. This is my favorite Leeper picture. This is my 4th great grandfather Absalom Leeper who was an early Restoration Movement preacher in Iowa. He actually moved there before it became Iowa Territory, so it could be said he was one of the first Iowans 🙂

Now back to some research,




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5 Responses to Tracing Ancestors

  1. Brian Banks says:

    Hello Steven, Are you on Ancestry? I have some family that just received their dna information and have Braman’s as matches. GIve me shout if you’d like to visit. Brian

    • vanbraman says:

      Hello Brian, let me know how to contact you or perhaps your profile name on Ancestry. I am on Ancestry and have DNA tests that I manage.

      • Brian Banks says:

        My half sister’s name on Ancestry is:
        kathkeen sultenfuss

        She just recently received her dna results and matches.

        I am a contributor on her account but do not match her father’s side of the family.

        You should have my email. Pop me a note and we can chat there if you like. Not sure how private these comms are, lol.

        Take care,

      • vanbraman says:

        I think I found you on Ancestry and sent you a message. You are a match on my Mom’s side. Your e-mail does not show up here,

      • Brian Banks says:

        Sorry, brain fart. Ninna’s my half niece. Her mother is my half sister. We have the same mom, different fathers.

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