Genealogy Brick Wall: Another New DNA Mystery Match-Part 2
This is the continuing story, continued from Genealogy Brick Wall: Another New DNA Mystery Match-Part 1, of my temporary genealogy brick wall for yet another new DNA mystery match that had just showed up. I call it a temporary brick wall because I have not really exhausted all of my resources, but I had found all the known descendants for those lines (not to mention that I know of that generation’s descendants very well), and he is unknown of.
Messaging through Ancestry:
Next, I messaged him on Ancestry, which I RARELY do. Most people rarely message back from Ancestry, don’t notice it for a long time (or never notice it), rarely are on it, or just take too long getting back. Some people who do their DNA, just do the DNA test, and that was their only purpose. Many check out their results when they get them, and don’t go on frequently after that. This is usually the case with unlinked trees that have just a few people, or they have no family tree at all. I also just like to get my info and solve my mysteries quickly, so I just don’t waste time with messaging, not to mention that I love solving puzzles and challenges!
Public and Social Media Search:
Then I Googled him, searched him out on Facebook, and looked him up in public online records to look up his phone number and age, and verify relatives.
By Googling and checking him in public records, I was able to verify his age so that I would know the age range of the person I was seeking out on Facebook. I got lucky that his father, who had passed away in 2004, was still associated with him in some public records. It also helped me to see other relatives and associates of his to also find those people associated with him on Facebook (you can also do this for other social media), so that I would know I had the right person. Thank goodness there were only 3 people on Facebook that had his uncommon name, and only 2 looked to be about his age! I also got lucky in that 2 had profile pics! I “stalked” the 3 Facebook pages, and I found the one with some of the other names associated with him that were also associated with him in the public records.
Stay tuned for more in Part 3!
How has your experience been messaging your matches on Ancestry? Have you sought out your matches in public records or social media? Let me know in the comments below!
Update, November 6, 2021: Part 3 is now here!: Genealogy Brick wall: Another New DNA Mystery Match-Part 3
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