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May 30, 2020
One purpose I had in my family archival research work, resulting in the 2014 publication “A History of My Eight
Great Grandparents – Robertson. Eubank, Luke, Shepherd, Torian, Crawley, Jenkins, and Cocke” was to
determine as well as I could the immigration and migration patterns of my eight great grandparents and their
ancestors, e.g., the countries where ancestors immigrated from and where ancestors migrated to in America. In
this section, I present what AncestryDNA suggests about my ancestors immigration and migration, against what
I found based on my archival research.
The results from AncestryDNA are that 98% of my ancestors came from England, Wales, and Northwestern
Europe and 4% came from Germanic Europe. This is an exceptionally good agreement with what my archival
research has found. Given below for my eight great grandparents are countries that I found that their
ancestors immigrated from.
Ancestors of Richard W. Robertson were identified who were from these countries: England.
Ancestors of Mary A Eubank were identified who were from these countries: England..
Ancestors of Dale Delafield Luke were identified who were from these countries: England.
No ancestors for Martha F. Shepherd could be found that were born in other countries.
Ancestors of George Torian were identified who were from these countries: England; Ireland; Scotland;
Switzerland; and Sweden.
Ancestors of Amelia Blanche Crowley were identified who were from these countries: England; France.
Ancestors of Charles Augustus Jenkins were identified who were from these countries: England; Wales; and
Ancestors of Lillie Shepherd Cocke were identified who were from these countries: England; Wales; and
These countries fit very well with AncestryDNA’s suggestions, using my DNA.
AncestryDNA, based on my DNA profile, suggested areas in America that are likely areas that my ancestors
lived in (migrated to). These areas are: 1. In Virginia from around Richmond south into northern North
Carolina; 2. In central and southern Mississippi; 3. In eastern Virginia from the Potomac south to the
Norfolk/Portsmouth area; and 4. In western Virginia along the Appalachian.
The AncestryDNA suggestions agree exceptionally well with what my research found. Here are the migration
patterns for my eight great grandparents and their known ancestors that my research found:
Richard W. Robertson was born in Amelia County, Virginia, died in Richmond, Virginia, and he and his known
ancestors lived in central Virginia.
Mary A. Eubank and her known ancestors lived in central and western Virginia along the Appalachian. Mary
was born in Amherst County, lived in Chesterfield County, Virginia, and died in Richmond, Virginia.
Dale Delafield Luke and his known ancestors lived in southeastern Virginia. Dale was born in Portsmouth,
Martha F. Shepherd was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, as was her father. Other Martha ancestors could not be
George Torian and his known ancestors lived in southwest Virginia. George was born in 1854 in Halifax
County, Virginia, and died in Campbell County, Virginia.
Amelia Blanche Crawley and her ancestors lived in southwest and northeast Virginia. Amelia was born in
Halifax County, Virginia and died in Campbell County, Virginia.
Charles Augustus Jenkins and his parents were born in southeast Mississippi . Earlier ancestors were born in
northeast and western Virginia (along the Appalachian).
Lillie Shepherd Cocke and ancestors on her father’s side were born in western Virginia along the Appalachian
and in central Virginia. Ancestors on her mother side were born in New Jersey (an area not mentioned by
In conclusion, I am extremely impressed in how well analysis of my DNA by AncestryDNA provided immigration
and migration information that agrees with what my archival research found. Much of what is written above
about my ancestors in the 1600s and 1700s could not have been found by my archival research, but only by
using the AncestryDNA family tree tool and its hint application.