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23 Feb 2013

Finally, after a long delay apparently caused by a major software upgrade at their end, has posted my Family Finder autosomal DNA test results.

I did this at the urging and with the help of a second cousin on my mother’s side. He’d recently done both yDNA and autosomal, and had some interesting but slightly surprising results, and his recent family history was, shall we say, unusual enough that he wanted some confirmation that the couple he and I have as common great grandparents really were his ancestors (ruling out a non-paternal event). Good news: we really are genetic cousins.

So that means his yDNA haplotype really is my mother’s father’s yDNA haplotype. What’s interesting is that his only good yDNA matches are to people with a surname of Van Hoosen, or variants of that, and they seem to trace back to a Jan Fransse von Husum who came from Husum, Germany, married in Holland, and emigrated to America (Claverack, NY) in 1639. But our great grandfather came to America in 1888 from Odense, Denmark.

Husum is in Germany now, but is in Schleswig-Holstein, a region at the very northern-most point in Germany. (Specifically it’s in the Schleswig part of Schleswig-Holstein). It is closer to Odense than most of the rest of Denmark; closer than Copenhagen, for instance. Wikipedia says:

Schleswig had never been part of Germany until the Second War of Schleswig in 1864. … Essentially, Schleswig was either integrated into Denmark or was a Danish fief, and Holstein was a German fief and once a sovereign state long ago. Both were for several centuries ruled by the kings of Denmark. In 1721 all of Schleswig was united as a single duchy under the king of Denmark, and the great powers of Europe confirmed in an international treaty that all future kings of Denmark should automatically become dukes of Schleswig, and consequently Schleswig would always follow the same line of succession as the one chosen in the Kingdom of Denmark.

So Jan Fransse von Husum might have considered himself Danish, or at least born under Danish authority. His father is known only as Frans, b. 1582 d. 29 Nov 1665.

It’s curious that our great grandfather, Hans Hansen, ended up in Columbia County within about 20 miles or so of where von Husum settled 250 years earlier. That has to be coincidence, right?

I’m not sure what else we can get out of my results for now. I do have some distant matches with the HOLMES surname in their ancestry, but so far as I can tell none of them connect to my HOLMES line. There are a couple of people who do show common ancestors with me; one, for instance, is a descendant of my 7th great grandfather Eleazer BROWN. That’s too remote to jibe with ftdna’s 3rd–5th cousin range; I do descend from Eleazer via two of his children, so that might make us look a little closer, but I suspect either ftdna’s estimate is wrong or we have some other common ancestor not known to us. Similar remarks go for a woman with whom I share descent from Joseph CRANDALL and Deborah BURDICK. There’s another match where the only familiar looking surname is DUNN, but her earliest known DUNN was from Pennsylvania and mine is from Rhode Island, so if there’s a connection it’s too remote to have been found. And there are others who have a surname or two in common with mine but no evident connection, and still others, matches at the 4th cousin level, where I can spot no connection at all.

Finally, the “Population Finder” tool estimates my ancestry (over the past 80 generations or so) as 90.34% European, 9.66% Middle Eastern (±2.81% on each). No one in my known genealogy is Middle Eastern, so that’s probably just a general admixture from further back on many lines.



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  1. Maria Hosmer-Briggs permalink

    My guess is that Hosmer means “Hosum-er,” or someone from Hosum (=von Hosum). It might be interesting to follow up on that strand. Tom knows nothing at all about his progenitors, other than that the name is German.

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