"I'm looking for information on my g-grandfather - John Henry Dillon born in Tennessee, died in Texas. He was born about 1844 and died 1913, married to Melinda Elizabeth Lewis Massengill (his second wife). I can't find anything…"
Cruwys, Cruse, Cruise, Crewes, Crews, Screws and Scruse as part of my one-name study. I am also researching the following surnames: Berryman, Bodger, Boundy, Couch, Eastmond, Dillon, Faithfull, Gough, Kennett, Pigg, Ratty, Rudd, Smart, Tidbury, Tout, Trask, Rattey, Westcott, Wiggins, Woolfenden, Wolfenden.
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
England, Devon, Somerset, Berkshire, Hampshire, London, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Middlesex, Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Advanced Family History Researcher
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
One-name studies, DNA testing, research in Devon and Berkshire. I am the author of "DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century" which was published by the History Press in November 2011.
I just finished reading DNA USA by Bryan Sykes. I enjoyed the book but of course I am into genealogy DNA. Still lots of DNA stuff I am not familiar with and the technology is moving faster than I can keep up with. Sykes spent 3 months travelling across the USA trying to understand the American melting pot of genes. Sykes used new DNA methodology called Chromosome Painting to look at some individual DNA. This painting method was used to distinguish European, African and Asian/Native American DNA markers that may show up in individual DNA results.
One interesting item that caught my attention was a colored map of the USA showing self-declared ancestries in the highest proportions in each county taken from the 2000 census. I was surprised to see such a large group of German ancestry indicated in what appears to be at least one half of the USA. Almost all of Michigan shows German ancestry except for a couple of very small areas of Dutch, African American and Finnish ancestries. Almost every state west of Penn. in the northern half of the USA showed mainly German. You can find the map on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maps_of_American_ancestries
I'm sorry if this is not the best place for this but having seen the mails from Richie C. on January 23, 2010 at 2:17pm in Cruwys Genealogy (of which I'm not a member) regarding the Cruwys line I thought you'd both like to see the attached tree listing Cruwys and Pollard. I don't know its origin, it was sent to me my a researcher some years ago.