2019 started uneventfully for the Palcic one-name study, but recently we had our first link in the chain of connecting Slovenian Palcic descendants from heretofore unrelated families. This breakthrough came a couple months ago when I was contacted by a Palcic cousin of mine who had her DNA tested at 23&Me, one of the major American companies offering autosomal DNA testing for genealogical purposes. My cousin’s results are very important for my Palcic line, since I am adopted and not genetically connected to the family.
Once she received her results from 23&Me, my cousin uploaded her raw data to GEDMatch, which allows her to compare her results across multiple databases, such as Family Tree DNA, Ancestry DNA, MyHeritage and others. The GEDMatch results show that she and another Palcic descendant share common DNA and that their most recent common ancestor (MRCA) is approximately five generations back in our family history. This would be equivalent to a fourth great grandparent, depending on whether there is a generation or two between my cousin and her Palcich match. So far, this ancestor is unidentified since we have not traced our separate Palcic ancestry back far enough in history to link to him or her.
I know of three other Slovenian Palcic descendants who have had their DNA tested, and whose immigrant ancestors came from the Lož Valley region and settled in Pennsylvania and Iowa. I am hoping that the others will be able to share their results with me via GEDMatch, so that we can compare their matches and see if they match each other somewhere down the generational line in history.
Eventually, I also hope to be able to compare matches between American descendants of Slovenian and Croatian Palcic immigrants, and maybe even results from European Palcics living in Slovenia, Croatia, and elsewhere to see if any of them also match each other. If so, these matches could lend weight to the theory that all Palcic/Palcich/Palsic/Palsich descendants have a common ancestor. If not, the alternative theory, that the Palcic name originated independently in different places, might be confirmed. Either way, the comparison(s) should provide us with useful data, even if our genealogical trees don’t extend back far enough in history to capture the elusive common ancestor(s).
If you are interested in finding out more about DNA testing for genealogy research, please leave a note in the comments and I will respond to you personally. Thanks for reading, and do stay tuned for further developments.