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… three to go

It was one of The Legal Genealogist‘s goals for 2022: to identify the nearest as-yet-unidentified autosomal DNA match at each of the major testing companies.

Including — at MyHeritage DNA — “match JS, a predicted 3rd – 4th cousin with whom I share 67.5 cM. Shared matches strongly suggest this is … another Robertson cousin — not surprising, since those Robertson second great grandparents had 11 kids, and they have left a truly prodigious number of descendants.”1

So… I finally got around to starting this, and began with that one.

And yep.

A third cousin, descended from Gustavus Boone and Isabella Rankin (Gentry) Robertson.

Now I’ll confess, this cousin wasn’t all that hard to identify. The match name on MyHeritage is a full birth name, including a middle name. The birth of a child of that name is recorded in the Texas birth index, and Texas is where the Robertsons moved after the Civil War.2

Tracking it back, it sure doesn’t hurt that:

• The match’s parents’ full names appear in that birth index.

• The match’s grandparents are all identified by full name (including maiden names) on various Social Security index entries for the parents.

• The maiden name of the match’s paternal grandmother is one I readily recognized.

• The marriage of that paternal grandmother is recorded in the county where I knew my Robertson kin of the same name would be living at that time.

• That marriage record produces the surname passed down to this match.

• And the death record of that paternal grandmother verifies that her mother — the match’s great grandmother — was, in fact, the daughter of Gustavus and Isabella Robertson and the sister of my great grandfather Jasper Robertson.

Sigh… if only they were all so easy, right?

In any case, one down …

Three to go.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “One down…,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 10 Apr 2022).


  1. Judy G. Russell, “The 2022 DNA goals,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 9 Jan 2022 ( : accessed 10 Apr 2022).
  2. And no, I won’t be source-citing these details out of respect for the privacy of match JS. See Genealogist’s Code of Ethics, Board for Certification of Genealogists ( : accessed 9 Jan 2022) (“When working with DNA test results of living people, I will not publish personally identifying information without each test taker’s consent”).
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