Ceburn Jack Swinden
Welcome to My Swinden ⚭ Wakeman Family Tree
When I was born in 1958 in Austin, Texas, my father, Ceburn Jay "Wimpy" Swinden (1922-1988), was 35 and my mother, Ina Delle Wakeman (1925-1991), was 32. I had two brothers and one sister. My brother Timothy Jay Swinden passed away in 2005.
This website traces back my family ancestry on both my paternal (Swinden) side of the family and my maternal (Wakeman) side of the family.
Residence: TX → VA → TX
I must admit that I was somewhat skeptical about the DNA testing. I knew true DNA testing was accurate, but I had some doubts as to whether the test results would actually be from my DNA or just estimates based on my surname. There are a lot of dishonest companies in existence, and I was not completely confident in AncestryDNA. However, AncestryDNA did have really good reviews as opposed to some of the other testing companies. I can now verify that the DNA results I received do confirm my known family history, and my confidence in the results is very high. I highly recommend doing the DNA testing, but do your research first and choose a legitimate testing company like AncestryDNA.
No big surprises in the six ethnicity regions and estimates from the DNA results. I already knew about the connections to England, Ireland, and Scotland. I assumed there were connections to parts of northern Europe as well, and subsequent research showed a connection to Germany. The one connection I was somewhat surprised by was to Wales. The DNA results do not specifically point to Wales, but subsequent research revealed the connection.
My DNA results indicate a 20% confidence level that I am a member of this genetic community. No one in my extended family had ever heard of this connection, but it did not take long to find a direct connection in my maternal family line. One of the prominent surnames connected with the Settlers of the Blue Ridge Mountains genetic community is Woody. More specifically, this is the Western North Carolina Settlers genetic community. North Carolina was first settled by the second and third sons of aristocratic English families and the indentured servants who worked on their tobacco and cotton plantations. Scottish, Irish, and German immigrants soon followed, spotting the mountains of western North Carolina with farms and settlements. My maternal grandmother was descended from the Woody family who migrated from Ireland and England and settled in this genetic community. This is illustrated in the map depicting the migratory paths of the Woody family, my maternal grandmother's ancestors, located on the Ida Mae Woody Family webpage of my family tree website.