I recently took the AncestryDNA test at Ancestry and the results came back. A few DNA matches from the database and some DNA Circles for some of my ancestors. Also got my ethnicity evaluation and thats about it. Was expecting more, but hey its a start, right. Anyway, the DNA matches and circles found some new cousins at least.

Verdict? My DNA is 100 percent European… 

BTW no snakes, or snails, or puppy dog tails. Sorry Mother Goose….

Europe 100%

  • Europe West  42%
  • Great Britain  19%
  • Scandinavia   17%
  • Ireland          11%
  • Iberian Peninsula 9%
  • Italy/Greece   2%

Why Upload to GEDmatch or FTDNA?



What is the advantage of uploading AncestryDNA results to GEDmatch and/or FTDNA? Let me count the ways… Here are my top 10 reasons.

[1]. To get additional Matches. (from other companies, including Matches below thresholds)

[2]. To get Matches with emails. And most at FTDNA have real names; many at GEDmatch have real names.

[3]. To get cooperative Matches. A much higher percentage of folks who test at FTDNA will work with you on genealogy. Same with folks who have taken the trouble to upload to GEDmatch.

[4]. To see the shared DNA segment. This is probably the most important reason, IMO! For each shared segment with a Match, you see the chromosome number, start and end locations, cM value, and number of SNPs included. This is technical DNA info, but it is invaluable to those who utilize the DNA beyond just a list of Matches (who may or…

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Buckingham Notables: Powhatan Bolling


A post on Powhatan Bolling whose great grandfather was the great grandson of the Powhatan Princess known as Pocahantas. AKA Rebecca Rolfe. Pocahantas was actually just a nick name and her real name was Mataoka.

slate river ramblings . . . .

Powhatan Bolling’s mother lived at Chellowe, one of Buckingham County’s finest homes.  According to Garnett Williams’ 1937 survey of “Rosney,” mother and son had their differences:

Chellowe, 1936 Chellowe, 1936

As both he and his mother were very peculiar and could not agree on anything she decided to build this place (Rosny) for him on the extreme end of her plantation, so there would be some distance between them, it is said they quarreled more about ministers spending the night in the home than any other one thing, so he asked, that she put the house as far away from a public road as possible.

It is told that a Colporteur once rode up to Powhatan Bolling’s place, not knowing where he was, Powhatan went out and spoke to him. 

Having heard the hatred that Powhatan had for anyone connected with religious work, he asked, “Do you know where Mr. Powhatan Bolling…

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Buckingham Notables: Rev. Henry James Brown


Whilst researching my family tree, I discovered a distant cousin who was a portrait painter. In fact, he may have some work in the Smithsonian. As I was searching for images of his portraits I found a blog post about him on WordPress.

The post not only had a painting by him but also some more info that I did not know. Turns out, he moved from Cumberland County to Buckingham County and he was a Reverend too.

The Reverend Brown is the grandson of James Brown who was the son of Buckingham Browne and a descendant of Sir Thomas Browne, a doctor and author who was knighted by Charles II.

Buckingham Browne was the grandson of Sir Thomas who migrated to America and started a family with Elizabeth Mestiche.

 Here is that post on Reverend Henry James Brown…

slate river ramblings . . . .

Buckingham Polka

 Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute

Those of you who follow Slate River Ramblings via the Slate River Press Facebook page will recognize the image above of the Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute. Used to illustrate “The Buckingham Polka” composed by the Institute’s music teacher, Arnaud Préot, this image also appeared with the chapter “A Noble Idea: Buckingham Female Collegiate Institute,” in “At a Place Called Buckingham.”

The drawing was executed by Rev. Henry James Brown (1811-1854), a Methodist minister and fellow instructor at the Institute. He also served as vice-president of its board.  Born in Cumberland County, Brown began painting when he was about sixteen years old, eventually studying with the renowned artist Thomas Sully.  In 1833, Brown married Susan Ann Hobson and together they had eight children.  In 1850, they were living in Buckingham County adjacent Dr. John C. Blackwell, President of the Institute.  In 1854, Brown died at the Institute…

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