Archive for Relatives Pending

Third Cousin Once Removed – Tyler Clark Burke: Status – No Progress

Proposed Cousin relationship = 3rd cousin removed 1 time(s)
Estimated average number of generations to the common ancestor based on Autosomal values: 3.9

March 23, 2011 someone contacted me who picked me out of GEDmatch as a possible relative.

It would appear that we are related as

Her great great great grandfather
My great great grandfather

She and Merle, Brian and I would be 3rd cousins once removed. Jon, Andrew, David, Sara, Christy, Sam, Beckie and Rosalind would be 4th cousins.

I believe that the common ancestor would be Frank’s grandfather, probably born around 1825.

Who is she?

She is 37 and heavily into the arts. In fact, wait for it, she was artist in residence the Drake Hotel in Toronto. Her name is Tyler Clark Burke.

David, Andrew, and Angella have probably been tripping all over each other at events in Toronto, sitting at the next table, staring at the same Nuit Blanche work, perhaps even David’s.

She grew up in Winnipeg, moved to Toronto, went to the University of Guelph. Her father is a professor in the film department at Queen’s University, an expert on Federico Fellini who autographed some things for Tyler, including his phone number.

If you are interested in more information you can check her out at: There is a long 2004 article on her in the Toronto Star which is linked from this page.

Tyler has extensive family tree information going back to Ireland and southern Italy. Her father was born in New York. At the moment she is unaware of any orphan connection.

My tentative assessment is that our common ancestor was more likely to be Italian than Irish. Our male Y-DNA haplogroup E1b1b1c1a is a relatively small group with limited distribution beyond the Mediterranean basin until into the increased migration in the mid-1800s made possible by steam powered ships. Even further, that haplogroup has strong Italian pockets in Sicily, Sardinia, southern Italy near Naples which is where the Martocci family apparently sailed to New York from. The Martocci family apparently came from Laurenzana which is in mountainous mainland terrain 160 km ESE from Naples.

That Italian connection is through her mother. We could confirm that if she could persuade her father to have his DNA analyzed. I haven’t yet explored the possibility of a direct male descendant on her mother’s side having his DNA analyzed. We would be looking for the Y-chromosome E1b1b1c1a. As a woman, she wouldn’t have that.

Until we have located an E1b1b1c1a carrier, there is the possibility that the DNA connection is through either my mother or grandmother. Since my mother came from Manchester and my grandmother from Glasgow, it is unlikely but possible. There is also the possibility of a female only link of some kind. Tyler and us can share a lot of DNA without direct sharing of haplogroups. I wish it were simpler but there it is.

I must stress that these conclusions are not fully proven as they are based on our preliminary DNA comparisons but the evidence would appear to be very strong. There is clearly enough shared DNA material to suggest that we are 3rd cousins once removed.

We’ve had a half dozen email exchanges and will have more. Regardless of how this turns out, she seems like a very warm, smart individual who would get along well with this family.

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More sources of McCallum matches provides 20,135 McCallums, 666 John McCallums, 17 Frank McCallums, 31 Julia McCallums, 0 Freeman McCallums

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2,191 Potential Relatives and Counting

February 10, 2011 was a major milestone in our search for living relatives, ancestors and our true paternal name.

I was able to compare my genes with 560,000 others via GEDcom yielding 1,200 possible relatives. Via 23andMe we have 991 possible relatives. There is only one named McCallum – Virginia.

We started this blog only in mid-2010 with no expectations of such a major development. Six months later we are beginning to contact the most promising of these and, from there, organizing the family histories and genetic family trees together in an increasingly meaningful way. The exponential growth in people having their DNA analysed will yield increasing potential and relevancy in the months and years to come. It is a big job but the data is growing and tools more powerful and, as a result of my DNA analysis, I have been told by those who read my genes that I have a superior chance of living to be 100, therefore I have many more years to be able to do the work!

This morning, as Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak resigned, I had a reply from the first and the genetically closest person from that group, someone who appears to be perhaps 6 orders away; not exactly close, but promising. It is safe to say that we will never get completely caught up with family gossip. We’ve not yet spoken but her email was very warm and welcoming.

We still have the documentation search to keep up but these developments are a huge boost to our efforts.

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GEDcom Has Identified 1,200 Potential Relatives

I have just uploaded my file to and the huge number of names it now provides as potential matches. I played hookie today to get this far. But the huge learning curve this data provides tells me that I need to dedicate some time to it to get anywhere meaningful.

I started using the Triangulation Tool but there are 1,200 possible relatives from 3rd cousins to those further removed. A third cousin, if I have it right, would mean that our common ancestor was our common great-great-grandfather or mother, that is, Frank’s grandfather or grandmother.

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If you are on GEDmatch you can find me at M144207 *MccIan.

23andMe is providing some potential 3rd & 4th cousins with whom I’m following up.


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Relative Finder – DNA Comparison to Find Relatives & Ancestors via Triangulation

A useful service has recently come to my attention via 23AndMe. It enables anyone to run their raw DNA analysis in comparison with others who have also used it and who are out there waiting to be found. When my DNA analysis comes back from 23AndMe in a few weeks, I will run my data as a trial.

E1b1b1c1a M84 has good news/bad news aspects. Since there are relatively so few carrying that Y-chromosome it may take some considerable time before enough of us opt to be tested and then make data available for such triangulation. The good news is that we should be able to plot probable migration more and more precisely as others of our ilk add themselves.

The GEDmatch.Com site provides tools for making ‘deep’ comparisons between genealogies and DNA test results to help identify possible hidden ancestral connections with distant cousins. This is particularly useful when your GEDCOM or list of DNA matches contains hundreds, or even thousands of individuals. This service is provided free to anybody.

Also, you will find instructions for 23AndMe on that site.

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Lost Relatives Pending – The Search

Are we related?  From time to time, in our search for both our ancestors and currently living family we will post names in the hope that they will come to this site as the result of an Internet search that they, or other living individuals, do on their names.

If you have come as the result of such a search and are not a relative then I apologise for disturbing you.  However, if you are indeed a relative then do we want meet you!  We have a lot to talk about.

Family of John Frank McCallum, LCDR (ret) Wildomar, a city in Riverside County, California,  Born August 9, 1924 ~ Died August 7, 2010

My grandfather’s name was Frank McCallum.  John is a common family name in various forms.  John Frank was born the right year to be the son of my grandfather’s lost brother,

He is survived by daughters:

  • Laurie Hood; grand daughter Elizabeth Hood
  • Sharon McCallum, and
  • Misty Franklin; grandson Cody Franklin

Services are private, but friends and family may call 951-678-7756 for information. In lieu of flowers, donations by check may be made to Scripps Health Foundation. Indicate: In Memory of Frank McCallum Cardiovascular Institute.

Sign the Guest Book online Published in North County Times on August 12, 2010      San Diego, California

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