I missed Randy Seaver’s SNGF (Saturday Night Genealogical Fun) this weekend, but it’s been so long since I’ve posted here I decided to turn his SNGF challenge to List Your Matrilineal Line into “Matrilineal Monday”.
Randy asked us to:
1) List your matrilineal line – your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!
2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.
3) Does this list spur you to find distant cousins that might share one of your matrilineal lines?
My Matrilineal Line
3) Mae (Marianna) Zawodna (02 Aug 1907, Philadelphia, PA – 30 Apr 1986, Philadelphia, PA) married Henry M. Pater
4) Waclawa Slesinska (14 Aug 1885, Dobrosołowo, Poland – 20 May 1956, Philadelphia, PA) married Jozef Zawodny
5) Stanislawa Drogowska (04 Jun 1860, Wilczyn, Poland – 30 Dec 1918, Dobrosołowo, Poland) married Wincenty Ślesiński
6) Konstancja Kubińska (c.1818, Luszczewo, Poland – 17 Dec 1896, Wilczyn, Poland) married Jan Drogowski
7) Apolonia Lewandowska (c.1796 – c. 1838) married Jozef Kubiński
My Father’s Matrilineal Line
2) Margaret H. Bergmeister (11 Apr 1913, Philadelphia, PA – 14 Jan 1998, Philadelphia, PA) married James Pointkouski
3) Maria Echerer (27 Feb 1875, Pfaffenhofen a.d. Ilm, Bavaria, Germany – 05 Feb 1919, Philadelphia, PA) married Josef Bergmeister
4) Margarethe Fischer (21 Jan 1845, Langenbruck, Bavaria – 04 Oct 1895, Pfaffenhofen a.d. Ilm, Bavaria) married Karl Echerer
5) Barbara Gürtner (14 Dec 1814, Dörfl, Bavaria – unknown) married Franz X. Fischer
6) Maria Catharine Schwarzmaier (25 May 1785, Waal, Bavaria – c. 1851) married Franz X. Gürtner
7) Barbara unknown married Jacob Schwarzmaier
My maternal grandfather’s side (Henry Pater 1912-1975) represents the shortest branch of my family tree. I can name his mother, Elżbieta Müller (Elizabeth Miller), but since I have not yet found evidence of her birth I can only provide the possible name of her mother based on secondary evidence: Alzbeta Smetanna (Elżbieta in Polish, Elizabeth in English).
My paternal grandfather’s (James Pointkouski 1910-1980) matrilineal line is equally short. I can name his mother: Rozalia Kieswetter (08 Aug 1866, Mała Wies, Przybyszew, Poland – 10 Feb 1937, Philadelphia, PA) married Jan Piątkowski. Rozalia’s mother was Marianna Ostał (unknown, Poland – died after 1900 in Warsaw, Poland) married Jan Kiziewieter . For now, that’s the farthest I’ve gotten on these lines.
The person on my tree whose matrilineal line goes back the farthest is my 2nd great-grandfather, Karl Echerer (31 May 1846, Pfaffenhofen a.d. Ilm, Bavaria – died after 1882, Pfaffenhofen a.d. Ilm, Bavaria). He is my paternal grandmother’s mother’s father. I can trace his matrilineal line back six generations in Bavaria to the 1600’s.
I have not had any DNA testing done, mtDNA or otherwise, so I have no idea what Haplogroup I’m in – nor, for that matter, what it would tell me. I will have to investigate further unless someone wants to provide some insight in the comments.
Does this list spur me to find distant cousins that might share one of my matrilineal lines? Actually, it spurs me to get back to my research – especially on my two grandfather’s maternal lines which are much shorter branches on the family tree than my own maternal line! But that poses an interesting question – are there actually any distant cousins that share these lines? I don’t think so. My Pointkouski grandfather’s sister did not have any children, to the best of my knowledge. I know his mother had at least one brother, but his descendants would not share the matrilineal line and I have not yet discovered a sister. My Pater grandfather had only brothers, so their descendants do not have the same matrilineal line. But did my great-grandmother Müller/Miller have any sisters? I wish I knew! It is time for more research!