After a bit of a break from dead ancestors, I'm climbing around in the Wanamaker branch of my family tree. Late last year I did an autosomal DNA test in hopes that I might make some Wanamaker connections that lead back to the Mayflower. Why? I wrote about this puzzle in an earlier post, here.
So when my DNA matches became available, I eagerly typed 'Wanamaker' into the search box. Guess how many matches popped up? ZERO! I tried every spelling variation I could think of, and still got ZERO. Yes, the search box works - I had no trouble finding multiple matches for several other surnames in my tree, but not a single Wanamaker. What does this mean?
Well, one possibility is that even though there are a great many Wanamaker descendants who have trees on Ancestry.com, I'm the only one who has had a DNA test. I find that hard to believe.
Another possibility is that someone in the Wanamaker line was adopted. I find that hard to believe too, but not quite as hard. I have birth records for some of them, but certainly not all.
|Alma McConnell Wanamaker -|
does she look the type?
And is that a black eye?
I'm currently exploring ways of finding out if there's any Wanamaker DNA out there somewhere that I can connect with, and I'm keeping all extremities crossed. If I'm not a Wanamaker, a great big branch of my tree is wrong, and I don't even want to think about that.
Oh well, I do like puzzles...