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Re: DNA findings
Posted by: melissa1 (ID *****1156) Date: March 17, 2012 at 12:04:10
In Reply to: Re: DNA findings by Annie Moody of 11595

Okay Annie,
Go to our Moody Ydna Surname Project page and you'll notice that the different groups are separated by different colors...(green, lavender, gray, tan, yellow, blue etc. etc.)
The reason these are separated that way is so that we can easily see which groups belong to what lineage line of Moody ancestor.
For instance...the "gray" group belong to the William 1 Moody line of Newbury, MA. The "green" group belong to the John Moody line of Hartford, CT, the "yellow" group belongs to the Clement Moody line etc.
When you have that many different male Moody's who have all been Ydna tested who all match within 2, 3, 4 of each other and all claim a genealogy back to the same ancestor and they all have the last name of Moody...its pretty certain they are all Moody born without question to that particular blood-line branch / haploType / genetic ancestor.

The Clement line now has a dozen or more male born Moody's who all share the 'I2b' haplotype and all matching via the ydna results and with the exception of only a couple of them who ~thought~ they had their family genealogy's in order...they found out they did not. As I've said, the dna results are not wrong. Their genealogies might be wrong, but the dna evidence and Proof are not wrong. One group had been celebrating their links to the Wm. 1 Moody line of Newbury, MA for nearly 100 years only to find out that they were NOT (at least via blood and genetics) related to that line at all but were in fact via Ydna Proof of the Clement Moody line of Exeter, NH.
That is why I say so often on here, that you might Never know your real Moody lineage line Unless you test your Ydna. Can you imagine these men's surprise when the Ydna evidence comes back and proves they do not belong to the very line they have been claiming for decades and decades??
It must have been devastating for some of them.
I was always told I was of the English line of Moody's too from New England...turns out I am not after all. My Dad's Ydna has not matched to one single English line of the tons of them that have been tested so far.
We are either of some Scottish line or we are throughly Irish. I know not which at this point, the ydna can't tell us that yet, that I know of.
Yes, it is entirely possible for people to have their Genealogy completely wrong and we've seen that happen over and over and over again.
Then you have the others, and I'll use my own family as the example, who REFUSE to believe, even after the Ydna Proof shows otherwise, but they refuse to believe that we are Not of the William 1 Moody line of Newbury, MA whose descendants, many of attended Harvard College and became famous preachers. They flat out refuse to believe that our line is not their line just because some dear old grt. aunt somewhere back in time did a genealogy and they think that's proof of it!! I think you know how many times I've been through this myself...on at least 3 or 4 incidents I've been convinced I had my genealogy right only to find out once again I had it wrong. Why? Because I didn't have some very crucial piece of documentation I needed, so I just assumed someone was the right person and inserted them into the puzzle and that was wrong.

These days I do my level best to get some sort of documented proof, either a birth, marriage, death, gravestone, census, Bible, military or otherwise record in writing as some sort of documentation. But even those have proven to be wrong by some Town Clerks nothing is guaranteed.
I often use my Mayflower Society as an example of how difficult it is to Prove lineage. I only had to prove lineage to my 3rd grt. grandmother in order to get my membership into the Mayflower Society. I thought callously, Oh that'll be easy...HA! Was I ever surprised.
It took me nearly a year to gather the documents I needed and the longest part of it was trying to find the Parents of my 3rd grt. grandmother's mother so I could prove she was born to them. Had it not been for the extreme kindness of a Town Clerk in a small town in Maine who took my info over the phone and actually did the look-ups for me right there during our phone conversation...I would Never have found her parents because she went by another name at the time, but via her gravestone records which showed both names I was able to make the link which then opened up the entire family tree on her side. I was needless say eternally greatful to that lady and as a result was able to get my membership.
So, the genealogy can be extremely difficult, even when we think we've done our very best job at sorting it all out.
These days, if you have been searching and searching for your ancestors and having no luck getting beyond that brick wall, the best way to get around it is to Do a Ydna Test!
With now about 90 male Moody's in our surname project, coming from all different branches of Moody's (who would have thought we'd have so many different branches??), but your chances are very high of making a match to someone within our project. It is the only proof positive way to seal your family line and leave your own family the truth of knowing who they came from and what their real lineage line is.

My apologies for this long post.
I hope someday you will find out who your husband's paternal line really is. Did you upload his numbers to YSearch yet? That could be the biggest help to you.

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