AncestryDNA uses ThruLines. These are usually good hints that connect DNA matches and genealogy. Here is my ThruLines match with Deborah:
I have written about Deborah’s ancestor Jane in past Blogs. I have mentioned her genealogy, but I don’t think that I have written about DNA matches from her line until now. Here is a photo of Jane:
Jane is in the middle. I descend from her sister Fanny who stayed in Kilmactranny Parish, County Sligo, Ireland. Jane and the rest of her family traveled to Ontario.
My DNA match with Deborah is not that large at 9 cM.
Jane McMaster ThruLines for My Sister Heidi
Here is what my sister Heidi shows for the Jane Line of ThruLines:
It looks like I cut off Joseph’s child Kelci who is also a DNA match. My sister Heidi also matches Deborah. Deborah is from the McMaster Line. Jane first married George McMaster, then a Thompson.
My Brother Jon’s ThruLines
My brother shows goosie on the Thompson side of the Jane McMaster Line:
Jon doesn’t match Deborah. Jon has a discrepancy on the James Line. How can Robert Trent have two different mothers?
My Siblings’ Summary
This chart doesn’t get to the strength of the DNA matches. However, the more of my siblings match a person, the better the match. We had more matches on the Fanny line, but I didn’t include the closest matches.
Here are the matches that only matched on of my siblings:
Frank on the Robert Line
Of the above, Frank is interesting, because it adds another McMaster Line. Here is what AncestryDNA shows:
Ancestry would like me to evaluate Frank’s ancestry. This should be interesting as McMaster genealogy can be confusing. It turns out that I have already started a tree for Frank:
Here are wedding the same year for two Margaret McMasters:
The first was my 2nd great-grandmother and the daughter of James McMaster. The second was Frank’s second great-grandmother and the daughter of Robert. These two were both married at Kilmactranny Parish. That means that Frank’s Margaret’s father was Robert.
I have this Robert on my genealogy website:
That means that Frank’s Margaret could be Margaret Mae McMaster. In fact, I am leaning that way:
I also note that Lori and Frank have shared a shared DNA match with Ron who I circled. I added in Frank in the Abraham McMaster tree:
If this is not right, then there would have been three Margaret McMasters around the same time! I have Frank in a different color which means I am not positive. Under this scenario, my ancestor Margaret and Frank’s ancestor Margaret Mae would be first cousins. Here is the baptismal record for Margaret Mae:
Goosie on the Jane McMaster Thompson Line
Goosie matches my four siblings who tested at Ancestry (but not me). It should be easy to trace her tree back.
My tree apparently already goes down to Robert Henry Lowry. In this case, it would be easier to work my tree down. That way, I won’t have to create a new tree for goosie.
I found a photo of Lee Senior at his 50th wedding anniversary:
I was able to build my tree down to Lee Robert Lowry Jr. I couldn’t easily make the connection to goosie, but I assume that she knows who her parents were.
Here is goosie on the first row of the William McMaster tree:
The tree is getting quite large and I am missing a lot of DNA matches.
Deborah Also from the Jane McMaster Line
I first mentioned Deborah above.
She shows as my half 5th cousin, but is likely a full 5th cousin. I’ll try taking her genealogy down from mine like I did with goosie.
I’m already confused as this view is different than the ThruLines:
However, I see the confusion as Jane McMaster married George McMaster. This is the connection I was looking for:
Here is the family in 1880 in Iowa:
William was clearly born in Ireland, but many of these Irish McMaster families liked to stress that they were from Scotland. Here is William’s baptismal record from Kilmactranny Parish, County Sligo, Ireland:
George was no doubt named for his father’s father:
Here is George’s daughter Ethel in Nebraska in 1910:
Here is how I worked my tree down:
I didn’t enter all the maiden names of the spouses. In this case I was able to see the connection to Deborah from an Obituary Index at Ancestry. Here is my family’s connection to Deborah:
That is just one connection. We are also connected through George McMaster – apparently on a differnt line.
Summary and Conclusions
- In this Blog, I looked at some of my unexplored ThruLines on one branch of my McMaster ancestors. This branch starts with William McMaster and Margaret Frazer.
- One of the ThruLines went through a Robert McMaster. After lookinng at the genealogy, it appears that this Robert Line belongs on a different Branch of McMasters. This branch is likely related to the other branch but beginning with Abraham McMaster born about 1764.
- I looked at Deborah and goosie. They both descend from Jane McMaster. Deborah descends from Jane’s first McMaster husband and goosie descends from Jane’s second Thompson husband.
- I have tried to combine the McMaster trees in the past, but it is difficult to tell how the lines tie together. Here is one guess that I have made in the past:
My ancestors are James McMaster Sr and Fanny McMaster who married each other. Under this scenario, they would be 1st cousins once removed. Of course, there are other possibilities.