SNGF: Matrilineal Line

Dear Reader: Do you think you are related to the individuals listed in this post? Please drop me a note! I love hearing from cousins and others researching my family!

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings asks us to list our matrilineal line in this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun task.

Here is mine:

Me
My Mom*
Grandma Wild*
Della (Crow) Hayes (1898-1985)
Mary (Gourley) Crow (1858-?)
Mary Ann (Barry) Gourley (?-?)
????????????????

Randy asks if we’ve had our mitochondrial DNA tested — I haven’t ventured down that path yet.

* I’ve read that in this age of rampant identity theft we’re discouraged from naming our parents/grandparents online, so I’m choosing not to identify my mom or grandmother here either fully by name or by vital dates. Am I being paranoid? I’d be curious to hear what other folks think about this.

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3 thoughts on “SNGF: Matrilineal Line

  1. Sheri Fenley says:

    You are not being paranoid. My mother is living and I don’t think I have ever used her name on my blog other than “Mummy Dahling”. And I write about my sons alot but only used their names one time.

    One can never be too careful.

  2. Jeremy says:

    It depends. One of the dangers is that publishing names can give a motivated hacker information to answer those personal security questions like “your mother’s maiden name” This sort of thing is how that kid got into Palin’s yahoo account. Since my mom’s maiden name is the one she’s used since the divorce, I’ve just made up a name to use to answer this question. Which is fine, as long as I don’t forget.

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