Great talking points! There are several other surname variants to deal with (Aspell, Isbell, Ashball, Ashbyl, etc) in addition to the immigration of other European folks from the 1800s to the current time with surnames which become changed to what appears to be another variant. So sorting this all out becomes more difficult each succeding year.
Some researchers think that the original Asbill line from England no longer exists there today. Perhaps - or maybe the name has changed once again and there are some relatives still remaining in England/Europe to be connected with?
The exciting new tool of Genetic Genealogy using Y-DNA chromosome marker technology is a powerful vehicle which will greatly assist in sorting these questions out but only when coupled with well researched and accurate paper genealogies.
I have been wondering whether there are other Asbill et al researchers besides myself who are ready to join with me in using this 21st century innovation to further our family history quest?
My paternal grandmother Susie Asbell was born in Fulton Co., Kentucky. Her father, Aaron Asbell was born in 1800 in North Carolina. Other than some nebulous stories about a Joseph Asbell being Aaron's father and a never proven story about NA ancestry occurring somewhere/sometime in NC - that is as far back as my Asbell line goes. Sound familiar?
I am currently the administrator of the HARVEY Surname Study since inception in March, 2004. At this time we have identified 8 individual lines with two lines having multiple related families. This is with only 13 participants thus far
If we all joined in, using proven, modern scientific methods, the brick walls would begin tumbling for many of us.
Anyone else interested in implementing this approach?
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