My grandmother was a McCown. We can trace her back to Francis McCown in old Augusta County, VA in the mid 1700s.
I have done three DNA tests. I first did the FTDNA Y-DNA test which only tests the paternal line (in my case Stewart/Stuart). This pinpointed which Stewart/Stuart families (that have tested) that I could be closely related to. It helped me by eliminating some lines from my search and helping me narrow the search for my paternal ancestors.
I have also tested at 23andMe and at AncestryDNA which tests both your paternal and maternal DNA. An autosomal test can help you match others who may have a kinship with you through your various female lines. I have connected with many who we can pinpoint a common ancestor other than my Stuarts. I also match many with whom we cannot say where that connection may be.
I started autosomal tests at the request of one of my female Stuart cousins. We had hoped that we could examine common matches and find our last known Stuart ancestor's mother's family. We have several other Stuart cousins (male and female) who have joined in the effort but so far nothing definite.
IMHO - do it!
The potential is worth it.
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Y-dna tests only for men. Autosomal or mitochondrial will work for both men and women.
Have we shared on 23andMe?
My McCown line:
Francis McCown (abt 1710, Ireland/bef 1761, VA) & Margaret Patterson
James McCown & Jane Patton (?)
Francis McCown & Nancy Swinney
William McCown & Mary Vaughn ------> son John William McCown married Nancy Parks
William Organ McCown & Frances Turner
William Alexander McCown & Martha Miller
Emma Lee McCown & William Rett Stuart (my grandparents)
My McCowns ended up along the Winston & Neshoba County line in Mississippi by the 1850s.
There was/is a Parks family there that has intermarried several times with my various families from that area but as far as I know I do not have direct Parks ancestors.
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