For whatever reason, I’ve been obsessed with researching the Neves family genealogy over the past few days. This happens to me occasionally. I guess it was because the results of my dad’s DNA study came back and we matched with a previously unknown relative who is also looking for Dinah’s son William’s father. Darin wrote to us excited to finally have a match–there haven’t been many in the Nieves Family DNA study.
As I was waiting to hear back from him, I cruised through various genealogy sites and stumbled across records on FamilySearch.org that indicated a Thomas Neves was William’s father. (In fact, Thomas has even had his LDS temple work done.) I got excited and started searching the internet for a reference to verify that there was really a connection. And on Ancestry.org, I came up with a census entry from 1841 that kept the excitement going.
Then I received Darin’s email, and he indicated that he’s looked into the connection before, in fact many connections. He said that he removed Thomas from his family tree because too many people were copying it without the verification to know that the connection was actually a true one. And, yes, I was reminded about what a tricky thing genealogy research is. (I subsequently found records of a William Neves born at about the right time arriving in Australia in 1838.)
This actually got me more determined, though. Now I want to do loads of research to find the descendants of all of those potential fathers for William Neves and get them to submit DNA samples so that, perhaps we can move along this research that has been at the brick wall stage for so many years.
Maybe we won’t make any progress above what’s already been dones, but I’m also part of the Pace Family DNA Study, and through enough years, they were able to sort out several lines of Paces, so I’m hopeful 🙂
~Kaarin Neves Engelmann