I’m surprised that I have never written about my wife’s Aunt Esther’s Theories of Relativity (TOR). MyHeritage takes DNA matches and matches them up with ancestral trees. I’ll go through Esther’s Theories of Relativity.
Esther’s Top TOR – Wallace
I have Blogged about Wallace before. Here is how Wallace and Esther’s TOR looks like:
Esther and Wallace are 1st cousins once removed. I have already painted Wallace’s DNA onto Esther’s chromosome map.
Wallace accounts for some of the Esther’s green DNA above which represents DNA from either Henry Upshall or Catherine Dicks. The above map shows Esther’s paternal side which is 50% mapped.
Esther and Marilyn show as third cousins twice removed. The common ancestors are Christopher Dicks born about 1784 and Margaret. I don’t see Christopher Dicks on Esther’s Chromosome Painter Map. However, there is a problem with the match between Marilyn and Esther. The problem is that these two match by too much DNA for this relationship:
Marilyn and Esther share 151.5 cM. That puts them off the chart for 3C2R. However, there is a 0.46% chance of this being right. The more likely reason is that Marilyn and Esther match on more than one line. This is common with people who have Harbour Buffet genealogy. I’ll just ignore that for now and sort it out later, perhaps.
However, I see that Esther and Marilyn have this other match:
Marilyn descends from two of Christopher Dicks’ children: Robert and Rachel Dicks.
Here is how Marilyn and Esther match:
Here is the addition on Esther’s paternal side:
This brought up Esther’s paternally mapped DNA up 1% to 51% and her entire mapped DNA up 1% to 30%.
There is a utility at Gedmatch called ‘Are your parents related?’. Esther’s parents are related on several chromosomes. Here is one spot on Chromosome 2, where Esther matches Marilyn also:
I see that Wallace also matches Esther in this region.
TOR #3 – Annie
In the past, I have not looked much at Esther’s maternal side. That is because my mother-in-law is Esther’s half niece and is not related on Esther’s maternal side. However, I’ll look at Esther’s maternal side now.
I’ll just paint Annie’s match onto Esther. This is what Esther’s maternal side looks like so far at 8% painted:
The addition brings Esther’s maternal map back to the late 1700’s:
That gets Esther’s maternal side up to 10% painted.
I do see one problem at Chromosome 1 already:
Violet and Annie both match Esther on the right side of Chromosome 1. That segment cannot be for both shared ancestor couples. It could be that Violet has Shave and/or Parsons ancestors or some other similar explanation. This is another reason I haven’t looked into Esther’s maternal side!
TOR #4 – Josiah
Josiah looks like he could be Annie’s Uncle:
That also makes Josiah, Esther’s third cousin.
Josiah has a similar issue with Violet, but on a different segment of Chromosome 1:
I’ll file that under the category of ‘sort it out later’.
TOR #5 – Frederick
Frederick appears to be Annie’s brother. His Theory of Relativity is missing a generation, so I won’t show it. It turns out that Frederick didn’t add any new Shave/Parsons DNA to Esther’s map that his sister and uncle didn’t already have:
Frederick’s matches show up in grey cross-hatch above.
TOR #6 – Jacqueline
Esther also has Kirby ancestors, but this shows only the Shave/Parsons common ancestors.
I decided to change Shave/Parsons to yellow. Jacqueline adds quite a bit:
TOR #7 – David, Another Pafford Descendant
This could take a while as Esther has a lot of matches:
Stephen adds a large match to Esther’s Chromosome 1:
Esther’s maternal side is now 15% painted. Esher’s entire chromosomes are now 33% or one third painted:
As far as I know, MyHeritage does not show X Chromosome matches. That means that we have to go to Gedmatch to get X Chromosome matches.
Marilyn and Esther’s X Match
I mentioned Marilyn above. I know that her DNA has been uploaded to Gedmatch. The X Chromosome is a special case and follows a specific inheritance in that the X Chromosome is never passed down from father to son. That means that the X Chromosome match that Marilyn and Esther share was passed down from Margaret, the wife of Christopher Dicks. We can know that because of Esther’s tree:
Above, I had that Margaret may have been a Burton, but in looking at other trees, I don’t see that as much of an option.
Now Esther has a little color on her paternal side X Chromosome. That is the side that men don’t have. I could do much more, but I’ll get back to the Theories of Relativity.
TOR #8 – Rowena
Rowena takes us back a generation on the Dicks side:
I don’t know when this Christopher was born, but I’ll say about 1750. I’ll paint this match and see what happens. I see a few potential problems. One is that these segment sizes are quite large for such an old match:
The other potential problem is that Rowena and MB have a match with Esther that overlap on Chromosome 2:
Rowena’s common ancestor with Esther is Christopher Dicks and MB’s common ancestors are Peter Upshall and Margaret.
TOR’s #9 and 10 – Another Wallace and Valetta
This is not the same as the earlier Wallace but seems to be another brother of Annie:
As such, he did not add any more Shave/Parsons DNA to Esther’s map. TOR #10, Valetta appears to be Wallace’s sister.
TOR #11 – Laurie
Here is someone with a more recent Shave ancestor:
However, MyHeritage also shows this possible match:
To make things more confusing, Laurie has a Joseph Dicks in her tree which may be the same Joseph I have on Esther’s maternal side:
It may be that further DNA analysis could sort this out, but I’ll skip Laurie for now.
TOR #12 – Janet
Janet also has two TOR’s – one on Esther’s paternal side and one on her maternal side, so I’ll skip her for now also.
TOR #12 – Harold
Harold is forging into new old territory:
I’m not sure what to make of this. I’m tempted to add the Pike name to Esther’s maternal side.
As a follow-up, I could check on Esther’s likely maternal Pike ancestors.
Summaries and Conclusions
- MyHeritage’s Theories of Relativity lend themselves to the DNA Painter program.
- I had some problem when the Theories of Relativity were on Esther’s Paternal and Maternal sides, so I chose to ignore those situations.
- One shortcoming of MyHeritage is that they don’t show X Chromosome matches. Those are important for showing specific common ancestors.
- I could follow up on Esther’s DNA painting by looking for more Gedmatch matches.
- It appears that Esther has Pike ancestry on her maternal side based on one Theory of Relativity