AWOL from my Blog Site, but Still Busy with Genealogy

I’ve been gone from here too long, but I’ve been busy.

In May 2014, I joined an on-line ProGen study group. Each month we cover one or two chapters of the book Professional Genealogy.[1] Homework takes from 10-100 hours each month, learning to write research plans, citations, etc. Most people probably don’t spend 100 hours on their homework, but some assignments took that much time with my extensive genealogy library to inventory and to write a research plan summarizing two years of research on the father of Dovie Alpine Piearcy, my father’s grandmother. ProGen 23 is finished in Dec 2015.

In January 2015, I attended two workshops in Salt Lake City-one week with a National Genealogical Society research group at the FamilyHistory Library, then another week at a workshop held by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy on Researching U. S. Records with more time at the library. On the last day there, I was able to complete my research list for my own records as well as records for several Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) prospective members. While the DAR records for others are complete, I still have all my records in a stack.

In 2013, I joined the DAR with Jacob Eoff as my patriot and in 2014 added Peter Eoff, Isaac Eoff, James Knox, and Samuel Musgrove as patriots. We have a very small DAR chapter. I started helping the registrar with prospective members, with the plan for me to become registrar in maybe 2017. When our registrar resigned early, I was appointed registrar in October 2014, with 31 prospective members pending. I’ve worked with seven new members to complete their applications; two more applications are pending review, and I’m continuing work on the applications for twenty-four prospective members.

In early 2015, Richard McMurtry retired from genealogy leaving me as a co-administrator of the Frazier Todd research group, using autosomal and Y-DNA to identify the father of Walker Todd, born 1822. Reviewing Richard’s years of research has been a humbling experience, as we develop a project plan for the next phase of research. In other DNA research, several family members agreed to give DNA samples to help in the search for the father of Dovie Alpine Piearcy.

In March 2015, I attended a DNA workshop in Dallas presented by the Forensic Genealogy Institute on Advanced Genetic Genealogy “Using Autosomal DNA for Unknown Parentage Cases.” The Todd and the Piearcy research projects will benefit from the knowledge gained during that workshop.

In the meantime, I still have records from the research in Salt Lake City, plus six weeks of research trips to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas from as far back as 2013, to be entered into RootsMagic genealogy software, after I get that software installed. Those records need to be scanned and organized before more research trips.

Three more genealogy trips are planned this year-the Todd reunion in June; a week-long workshop in Pittsburgh on Advanced Research Methodology, taught by Thomas Jones, PhD; and in November, a 3 day workshop by FTDNA.

Hopefully 2016 will be a less hectic year, with ProGen finished, the backlog of DAR prospective members worked down, and enough workshops to give me a good foundation in genealogy research. Then I can really get started on my genealogy research. In the meantime, I’ll post a few blogs on my progress.

[1] Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor, Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001).


About Andrea Musgrove Perisho

Genealogy research on my own ancestors is a new focus. Posts will include information about those ancestors including the social and economic issues, along with techniques for research.
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9 Responses to AWOL from my Blog Site, but Still Busy with Genealogy

  1. Marilyn Burnett Garner says:

    Enjoyed this very much and as an active DAR member, I appreciate all the work you’re doing to help our prospective members.
    I think I’ve probably mentioned this before but on GEDmatch, I match about all the Todds that were managed by Richard McMurtry but don’t know where the connection might be.
    Thanks much for sharing all your genealogy.
    Marilyn Burnett Garner. (F69031) (GEDmatch)

  2. Patty Raeber says:

    Andrea, you are awesome.

  3. Brenda Villard says:

    Can you please direct us as to how we can submit DNA for testing related to the Todd family. Thank you.

    • Brenda,

      Thanks for your inquiry. I replied directly to you awhile back, but thought it would be good to put my response to you on the blog for other Todds who are interested in DNA testing.

      Descendants of Walker Todd born 1822 in probably TN should test through the company Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) and join the Frazier Todd project. This project started as a Y-DNA project since Y-DNA testing indicated Walker Todd’s father was a Frazier. Y-DNA testing would be appropriate for either Todd or Frazier men, since Y-DNA is passed down like the surname. We are also using autosomal DNA in the Frazier Todd project. Both women and men can be tested for autosomal DNA, also called cousins testing. While 4th cousins only match DNA half the time, we have over 40 participants, so chances are you’ll match several people if you are a Todd descendant.

      If you are interested in other Todd families, a very large Todd Y-DNA project is also on FTDNA. Go to and look for projects on the upper left side of the screen. Search for the Todd Project or the Frazier Todd project. When you order your Y-DNA test through a project, you get discount.

      Good luck in your Todd research.

      Warm regards,

      Andrea Musgrove Perisho

    • Patricia Harris says:

      I hope you are still reading this list !

      I worked with Richard McMurtry on matches with my line and would be glad to upload my autosomal kits to your project.

      We could not find our common ancestor, but in the years since, many of the trees have been built back to early ancestors.

      Pat Chromo 7

      Comparison Data for: Bertha Todd Gardenhire3rd Cousin
      Chromosome Start Location End Location centiMorgans (cM) # of Matching SNPs

      7 42699367 98134097 43.56 11081

      8 9079864 11825097 5.37 1059

      X 53161383 66944947 2.21 525

      Pat Mason

  4. Katie Halet says:

    Dear Andrea,

    I hope you don’t mind me contacting you. I am currently doing some research into my own genealogy and I know that I am a descendent of Alexander Todd (1736-1808). I was wondering if you could help me piece together his forebearers. I read the article Mr. McMurtry wrote on the Todds from Anne Arundel County and am still a bit confused. These are my questions:

    1. Was Alexander Todd the son of Lancelot Todd (b: 1715) and Rachel Warfield? Is this Lancelot Todd that son of John Todd, the grandson of Lancelot Todd (b: 1642), and the great-grandson of Thomas Todd?

    2. If the above line is correct, is it in anyway connected to Mary Ann Todd Lincoln’s line? I grew up believing we were related to her, but I cannot find any actual evidence of this.

    3. Do you have any leads on Thomas Todd’s forebearers? I am in England quite a bit for my PhD and would love to look up some more information on him while I am over there sometime.

    I would greatly appreciate any help you could give me as I am hopelessly confused at the moment with all of these Lancelots. I would also be interested in taking part in the DNA project if that is still ongoing.

    Thanks so much,

    • Katie,

      Sorry to not be able to help you. I inherited a tiny part of Richard McMurtry’s research, just focusing on descendants of my ancestor born in TN in 1822. So I don’t have any additional information. If someone else sees this query and has information on the Maryland Todds, contact me and I’ll put Katie in touch with you.


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