Tracing my ancestors with Y-DNA help
- Category: Phillips DNA Success Stories
- Written by Roger Phillips (Phillips Family Group 1)
When my father died, I discovered a sketchy family tree going back to my great-great-grandfather Phillips who had five children who lived to adulthood - the tree showed most of the descendants of two of the five (my great grandfather and one of his brothers) but little information about the others. There was a letter from a third cousin of mine of whom I hadn't even known existed. He was descended from my great grandfather's brother and had recorded the information about his line. What I wanted to do at that point was to trace back my Phillips line as far as possible but there were no leads.
On a visit to England, I met my third cousin but he could shed no light on other Phillips ancestors of ours. I then decided to track down descendants of my great-grandfather's other siblings. Two were males. The tree indicated one had left for Australia about 1871, had married "Emily", and had a son "Harry" but where in Australia the English side had not heard. I decided to look for my Australian Phillips's later. Another brother had stayed in England. Using census information for England taken in 1901 (there are no more recent censuses publicly available at this time), I discovered he was still single at age 41.