23andMe: DNA Results Provide ANSWERS & Leave Even More QUESTIONS!

23andme Luckie Daniels ~ EXPANDED

So after 7.5 weeks of patiently waiting my 23andme DNA sample results are FINALLY in! Woooo-hooooo!:)

From my mtDNA (Maternal Line) results it appears I’m 87.5% Sub-Saharan African, 11% European, 1.4% East Asian & Native American and .1% unassigned — which I assume to mean alien, or we don’t know exactly what that is!:)

My Haplogroup is L2a1 (see 23andme details below)
Maternal haplogroups are families of mitochondrial DNA types that all trace back to a single mutation at a specific place and time. By looking at the geographic distribution of mtDNA types, we learn how our ancient female ancestors migrated throughout the world.

  • Haplogroup: L2a, a subgroup of L2
  • Age: 55,000 years
  • Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Example Populations: Bantu-speakers, African Americans
  • Highlight: L2 is very common among African Americans


  • In respect to my European makeup — NOPE! On my Maternal side (WILKES County GA) I had several CARTER Ancestors who passed for white following Emancipation and have been told my 4th Grandfather Philip CARTER had white skin and blue eyes. Additionally, judging by the relatives — and offspring — of my other WILKES 4th Grandfather James WINGFIELD, I think it’s safe to assume he was of fair complexion as well. From my Alabama Roots, 4th Grandparents Cary and Ann BARWICK are both identified as mulatto on the 1870 HENRY County Census. So no shocker as […]

A Tale of 3 Muses Allum, Sandra & Denise: Daniels Is My Name…

Don Ameche DanielsI’d be lying if I said I didn’t know this day was coming. I didn’t know when, but I knew when it was time, the Ancestors would give me a sign.

As I say often and genuinely believe, my ability to follow the *whisper* of the Ancestors has been my saving grace in life. I’ll admit, I’m not always thrilled when they charge me to pick up their work, but I always pay attention to the signs and I always come.

GeneaMuse #1

It began with GeneaMuse #1, Allum Spence. What I’ve come to know, appreciate and fear is that EVERY time Allum Spence appears in my life, the Ancestors and something “big” are soon to follow!

In 2008 when I spotted the DANIELS surname on A’s Spence-Lowry family blog, it inspired a random GOOGLE search for intel on my “DANIELS COBB” paternal lineage.

As the Ancestors are NEVER short on surprises, I was lead to this 5 year old (yep it had been posted in 2003!) ANCESTRY post –

Not So Wordless Wednesday: Jay & Hollie

Jay_HollieI am far too blessed today to be “wordless”! I am so proud of my Son, Jay & his fiancée, Hollie.

Amazing day!:-)


FLASHBACK: 1 Post Can Change Your Life!

Why is the ability to research Genealogy online such a PHENOMENAL gift?

Earlier today I received a comment on OGR from A. Spence – a NC Genealogist whose post about having a GHD {Genealogy Haters Degree} struck a familiar cord with me about how frustrating this work, of connecting the ancestral dots, can be at times.

As I was exiting A. Spence’s blog, I realized that one of her Family surnames is DANIELS – my maiden name.

Knowing that genealogy “jewels” can appear at any time, I called my Mom to query her about the origin of my Father’s family roots. Did she know where the family of my Grandfather, William DANIELS was from originally? No. Did she remember my Father’s Mother’s maiden name? COBB. Did she ever know any of my paternal Grandparents? No, not really – just my Father’s Grandmother who she called “Grandma Cobb”.

So I made a comment about this information being long gone with the passing of my very, VERY distant Grandmother, Lovella Cobb DANIELS last year, and hung up the phone.

But Google was calling my name – I entered a query for “William Daniels Lovella Cobb”. That search produced this link as the FIRST result: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/COBB/2003-06/1056461415

This is MY Family folks! Can you believe it?

The people listed as appearing in this COBB Family Bible are my Grandfather, Grandmother, Father, my Brothers & Sisters – who I have never met, Aunts & Uncles – who I never knew existed. Heck it even names 4 {YES 4!} generations of my Paternal Grandmothers!

It appears that “Debbie” had the Bible in 2003 & posted this to RootsWeb in the hope of finding a Family member to give the Bible to. I have an email (or 2) out […]