This week, Karla Heath-Sands, Cade Fowler and Chris Zelman are all learning the results of their genetic makeup on Today in Georgia.
Tracking down your genetic lineage can be a difficult process. For years people had to rely on tracking down documents to trace back where their ancestors came from.
But today that process is made easier through DNA tests offered by several different companies.
Before I took my test, I began the journey into who I am by at looking at two sides of my family. Using FindAGrave.com as a resource, I started with my maternal and paternal grandmothers to trace my roots by locating the final resting places of my ancestors.
It didn’t take long to discover the grave of my great-great grandfather, a Civil War veteran from North Georgia named John K. Bozeman.
Records show he was captured at the Siege of Vicksburg. But perhaps my most famous relative was his nephew, a distant cousin of mine also named John Bozeman.
A well-known pioneer, he helped to pave the famous Bozeman Trail. The city of Bozeman, Montana was named in his honor. Legend has it his life came to an end in 1867 when he was killed by a band of Blackfeet Indians.
Because of his fame, there are many records on the Bozeman family dating back to the 1600s. But there was no definitive answer as to which country they came from.
Old records from North Carolina, show the last name Bozeman spelled like Bosman. Which is of Dutch origin.
On my maternal grandmother’s side, I tracked down another famous relative. My fifth great grandfather Chief Richard Fox Taylor was a Cherokee delegate to Washington D.C. prior to the Trail of Tears.
But my trail eventually ended with no records indicating where my ancestors immigrated from. Finding those answers simply relying on surnames proved difficult.
“Surnames are tricky because there is no standardized spelling and that’s pretty much for everyone I’ve encountered here,” said Laura Elliot with the Dougherty…