A cousin of my husband’s, who reached out to me last month from Family Tree DNA, helps me genetically identify our first and most recent common McNamara ancestor. Now the work begins to more fine-tune that discovery by isolating the maternal and paternal sides of that inherited shared DNA.
My husband’s 3rd great grandfather William Jewett McNamara (1834-1911), immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 18 with his five younger siblings in tow after their parents died. They set sail on the Sch. Albatros [sic] from Horton (now Hortonville), Nova Scotia, Canada, and arrived in Boston Massachusetts on 27 August 1852.