Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has tossed out the following challenge for his weekly Saturday Night Fun:
Provide a list of your paternal grandmother's patrilineal line. Answer these questions:
* What was your father's mother's maiden name?
* What was your father's mother's father's name?
* What is your father's mother's father's patrilineal line? That is, his father's father's father's ... back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?
* Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father's mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.
My father's mother's maiden birth name (she was adopted) was Jane Marie (one document says Marie Jane) YORK.
Her father's name was Howard Merkel YORK (1898 - 1945). You can read about him on my website here, and there are other posts written about him on this blog here.
Howard's father was James L. YORK (1867 - 1933) - blog posts.
James's father was John H. YORK (1823 - 1898) - blog posts.
John's father was Jeremiah F. YORK, I (1791 - 1876) - blog posts.
Jeremiah's father was probably Stephen YORK (1755 - bef. 1840).
My grandmother had three brothers: Harry Orlando YORK (adopted name: James Howard ERWIN) (1925 - 1962), who died without issue; half-brothers Howard Paul YORK (1943 - 1990) and Peter Alfred YORK (1944 - 1986). I believe both Howard and Peter had sons (I know for certain one did), who could provide Y-DNA samples, if I could locate them and if they were willing to participate. I have been in touch with a few family members of my grandmother's half-brothers' line.
Writing this post made me realize that I have data on both current YORK family members and on Stephen YORK that I need to update to my database.