Growing my roots:

Interlocked and Interwoven by common ancestry & DNA

Broken branches

I started my genealogy journey barely with grandparents’ names on one side.  My mom was from Shelby, Mississippi. She had come here in the late 60s, estranged from her then husband and already with 9 kids. (She would in the end have 12; I am the youngest.)  She never talked much about her family. A few times, I would remember her talking with my grandmother, who still lived in Shelby. My grandfather used to visit quite a bit as well. She would mention colorful names, when speaking with my grandmother, like Sonny Boy, Pumpkin, Sidda Baby, Sug (as in Sugar), and Red. Later, I would learn that she was known as Punch and not many called her by her given name.

My grandfather went missing when traveling from Mississippi to Chicago to visit my mom when  I was four. He may have been in the first stages of Alzheimer’s. My grandmother died when I was 12. The last time that I saw her I was a lot younger than that. When I was ten or so, we discovered that we had been living just a block away from my mother’s nephew and his family.

The assumption among my siblings and I was that my mom had lost contact with her family in Mississippi, especially after the loss of her parents. Even after discovering her nephew lived so close, we still thought that she was not in contact with them. I discovered that she was always in contact with someone from her hometown or some who came from her hometown when I placed an ad in the Shelby, Mississippi newspaper. It was my attempt to claim information that my mother said she did not have. It was information on her grandparents. Well, within less the week, my email box was flooded with not-so-distant relatives. I was told that my mother spoke with someone at least once a week and that she often visited. They gave me loads of information. My mother later corroborated this information and had a few pictures.

I have my suspicions on why my mother was so secretive. I will address those assumptions in another post.

September 7, 2013 Posted by | The journey | , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s in the blood?

I started researching my family in 2012. I am one of twelve siblings on my mom’s side and one of seven on my dad’s side. I grew up only knowing my maternal siblings. I did not interact with extended family, alhough my mother hails from a big family from Shelby, Missississippi. My father hails from Lexington, Missississippi. The last that I saw him, I was five. My parents are both deceased now.

Here is my direct line lineage surnames and places:

Maternal: Wilson, Roberson, Pearl, Shorter, Tilman/Tilgman, Roberson, Robinson from the Mississippi counties of Bolivar, Claiborne, Leflore, and Jefferson

Paternal: Louie, Mohead/Morehead, Lott, Holman, and possibly Willis, Davis, and Howard. They are from the Mississippi counties of Holmes, Leflore, and Carroll.

Below are the results from a few DNA that myself and siblings have taken. It is what makes us us.

Shirese (me)


Maternal haplogroup: L3f1b3

Paternal haplogroup: R-M269/R-U106/R-Z306/R1b1a2a1a1a3a1(brother tested)

ShireseCrop DNA

Maternal haplogroup: does not offer

Paternal haplogroup: does not offer


Juvelle (paternal half brother)


Maternal haplogroup: L1b1a

Paternal haplogroup: R-M269/R-U106/R-Z306/R1b1a2a1a1a3a1



Brenda (matenal half sister)


Maternal haplogroup: L3f1b3


Lynn (matenal half sister)



Ruth (matenal half sister)


Maternal haplogroup: L3f1b3


Ruby (matenal half sister)


Maternal haplogroup: L3f1b3


Mildred (matenal half sister)


Maternal haplogroup: L3f1b3


September 25, 2012 Posted by | DNA results | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment