My mom was working on my dads side of family before she passed in 2008. I don't have original items which I know she had. All I have is a list. In this list there is a William Iiams born about 1640 in, Stratton, Cornwall, England. Was buried 29 jul 1703 in All Hallows' Par, Anne Arundel Co, md. William married Elizabeth Cheney born about 1652 in south river hund, Anne Arundel Co md. She died after 1726. Their direct son (at least for us) is captain John Iiams, born 1712 in All Hallows' Par. Not sure if this matches your data.
I'm trying to put this list in a database
Trudy webb (Bullock)
That's about all anyone knows for sure about him - and they aren't 100% confident on Cornwall as a birthplace, since there aren't any church (or secular) records of that.
You will probably want to find a library that has HeritageQuest, so that you can easily get at an online copy of "Anne Arundel Gentry" by Harry Wright Newman. (If you're very lucky, your library may even HAVE a print copy, or be able to get one for you on Inter-Library Loan. Or if you've got lots of money you could buy one - but most people don't have that option.)
Newman didn't catch everybody, and did make a few mistakes - but he's the best place to start tracing Anne Arundel, MD ancestors.
(William Ijams, Sr. is my 7th great-grandfather - are we cousins?)
Regarding the DNA question (from your other message), it depends on a lot of things. First question is, has a direct-line male relative given a Y-DNA sample along with proof that he's their earliest known ancestor? Without that you've got nothing.
Second question is, is this a common type or a rare one? The R1Bs comprise about 50% of ALL Europeans, so it could only be used to prove who he *wasn't* descended from (i.e. anybody who wasn't R1B).
Something unusual, like (for example) J2a1e, might get you someplace.
Final note: always be suspicious of any claims to "Royal" ancestry, especially if it's relatively recent, and double- and triple-check everything you possibly can. Puffing up one's ancestry is NOT a new thing!
Thanks for the info! Too bad they "puff", its not going to do any of us any good!
My dads moms name was cromiller, then came Carrie naylor, Jane ijams "Jennie" Donaldson, Marie Antoinette ijams, then john waters ijam + Rebecca marriott ijams,( John ijams + Mary waters- another branch), John ijams + Rachel marriott, captain John Iiams + Rebecca jones, William ijams + Elizabeth Plummer, William Iiams, + Elizabeth Cheney. Most of all branches came from Anne arundel area. In fact my dad moved back there and is living in Baltimore area. William ijams is my 8th grandfather.
Mom had traced some of the branches 25 generations.the reason I asked about DNA is its all over the gen sites and varies in price. If all it shows is you may have been from a curtain region I wonder if its even worth it. I had a male cousin who did it and found all sorts of cousins. I get too confused so I'm just trying to get all of these direct ones into a database, before I try for others.
Thanks for the info and the book idea. If you want the info I have I will gladly send it to you. Most of the names had some data (birth,death & marriage).
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