From the Oregon Trail to the DNA Trail
One of my reasons for DNA testing is a “needle in the haystack” quest for my biological father. I have just about zilch to go on.
I’m hoping to fill in some gaps.
Adopted as an infant, over half a century ago, in a closed record state, and raised as an only child, I’m now a mother of six, grandmother of five. After searching for my biological origins, I’ve recently found out I’m directly descended from at least twelve Oregon Trail travelers.
During my birth family search, I registered with the National Geographic Genographic project…thinking, at the time, that would be all the ancestry information I would ever know. Finally uncovering my maternal heritage has been a rare gift, later in life, to me and to my children. I am still hoping, someday, to find my paternal.
My biological ancestry trivia:
Raised as a Roman Catholic, the religious affiliations of my biological ancestors were Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, and Quaker.
I’m interested in twinning along the family lines, since I gave birth to twins, as did one of my second great grandmothers.
Maternal line has been traced back to Colonial times in the United States of America.
About a dozen ancestors came West on the Oregon Trail (1842, 1852, 1878).
An unsubstantiated family story claims one of my ancestors was a Hessian.
A 2nd Great Grandfather was a Union volunteer drummer in the Battle of Shiloh.
One DNA test lists me as approximately 93% Western European and 7% /Middle Eastern with a 2.6% margin of error.