Our DNA Brick Wall
Two years ago, when I tested at AncestryDNA, my aim was to connect with Bungard cousins in Poland with the surnames: Baumgardt, Bongarda, Fliss, Pawelski and the other branch close by in Germany: Daumann and Gutschlag. Unfortunately the DNA results have so far provided no further hints to who these cousins are. We do have several matches in the Poland, Germany and the USA, but no common surnames have yet emerged.
The brick wall that I hit while compiling the book of the New Zealand branch of the Baumgardt family history in 2012 still exists. My research only goes back to about 1750 then it stops. I have decided to employ the services of a professional genealogist, as I do not have the time to acquire the necessary skills, to analyse the DNA results myself. They will separate the maternal and paternal lines to help connect back to my paper trees. You could think of it as chromosomal sudoku.
I have learnt that individual DNA results sitting at one testing site is not the best use of the money spent doing the test. The DNA results need to be compared to determine who the common ancestors are. The more testers you compare your results with the better the outcome. Finding common ancestors who have in-depth trees attached is the "gold" you are looking for. When your tree links with others, and the research can be verified, you are able to extend and add to your own tree.
Who has tested: We have three testers from my mother's generation, who are great grandchildren of Paul and Eva Baumgardt. Their results are very important and I am calling them my 'Big Chiefs". The next level down is myself and about 15 of my cousins and second cousins. Our results are helpful to cross-check against, but the previous generation is more important. If you know anyone about to test, please suggest that they look to the older family members first.
If you want to get the best out of your results, I would advise you to upload them to the other companies which allow this - GEDmatch Genesis, Tree DNA and My Heritage. Your results spread over all of these companies would be of great assistance in helping to triangulate with others who match us, and who might be able to break our brick wall. They are free and GEDmatch Genesis would be the first choice.
Please pass this information on to any other members of our family who have tested. Good luck uploading your results, and I look forward to sharing breakthroughs with you. Thanks to Christina Morris for the Gutschlag/Daumann tree and information, contained in her recently published book- Gutschlag Family History - Germany to Gore.
When trying to link DNA results the most important data to have at hand is; Place and Surname, in-conjunction with Dates. The following are place and surnames in our tree from 1750-1900
Place: Golczewo, Bytow Co., Pomerania, Poland (with church records at Parchowo, Bytow Co., Pomerania, Poland)
Surnames: Baumgardt/Bomgarda/Boberda, Winczyk/Benczyk, Pawelski, Fliss and Woltrow.
Place: Ludersdorf, Angermunde, Brandenburg, Germany.
Surnames: Daumann, Schulze, Lieberent and Eichstadt.
Place: Crussow, Uckermark, Brandenburg, Germany.
Surnames: Gutschlag, Vicenz, Lehmann and Mundiens.
I look forward to sharing DNA information, once it has been professionally interpreted.
Elizabeth Cowie nee Morris