Re: More Autosomal DNA Matches
The problem with making sense of the new autosomal DNA matches may very well be that the line information posted for some of the members of the Garrison Y-DNA Project is incorrect. If the line information were correct, the autosomal test results for the other, nonpaternal line descendants would match up.
Many of the Garrisons in the historical records shared the same given name. There are many with the surname of Isaac, John, James etc. And there are historical records for military service for Garrisons who have these common given names. The problem is, sometimes researchers really have their hearts so set on proving (for example) that "that Isaac Garrison is my Isaac Garrison" that they just assume that that is the case. And if some ancestor has managed to convince the DAR that that is their Isaac Garrison, then they will not listen to any other possibility. They will just shout down anyone who disagrees with them.
Then came the DNA testing. DNA doesn't lie, as they say, but if the Y-DNA results are attached to the wrong earliest known Garrison, as time goes by, and more people are tested, the Y-DNA results and autosomal Family Finder results will not make sense. They will not correlate.
This is why I have been insisting for years that, for the Garrison Y-DNA Projects, no Y-DNA test result should not be attached to any earliest known Garrison ancestor without actual, publically posted, documentation. But what happens? Instead we get, "We have a proven descendant from that line, but we can't show you the documentation."
You see, as I have said before, the DNA involves science, and science cannot function properly without full public disclosure of the data. Why? Because science is set up in such a way that it actually asks others to disprove the given theory. The line information, starting with the male Garrison ancestor born prior to 1914, should be posted for every kit, along with links, or transcriptions of the actual paper records proving that line claim.
I have served for about 10 years as a group admin for as many as 10 DNA projects. I once took over the abandoned original Garrison DNA Project. But I found the experience of running that project to be so unpleasant, I just gave in and allowed my project to be rolled into another Garrison DNA Project, even though I was probably the best qualified person to run a DNA project, given my lengthy and extensive experience with running DNA projects.
Anyway, as more and more people are autosomal (Family Finder) DNA tested, we will finally see who was correct with their line information, and who was incorrect, because the autosomal testing will show the participant the surnames that married into their Garrison line, both paternal and maternal.
So DNA doesn't lie, and the test results will start making sense, once people realize that posting the wrong earliest known Garrison ancestor isn't a form of misinformation that can be hidden forever.