Rootseekers learn of surname change

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 5, 2012

Rootseekers Genealogical Society

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Carolyn Bostian (left) spoke at the recent Rootseekers Genealogical Society meeting. She stands with Genealogy Regent Margaret Ann Trail.

Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Carolyn Bostian was the speaker at the last Rootseekers Genealogical Society meeting.
She gave a very interesting talk about “Chasing Hortons with DNA.” The family she is researching started out as the Hortons but somewhere along the way it became Whorton or Wharton, which is still driving her crazy.
She finally had her brother do a DNA test. Y-DNA testing is for males only and she hoped to provide some clarity as to name spelling and to weed out other surnames not related and provide direction for future research.
She found no Horton surname among matches and only one Whorton and one Wharton. The DNA can only tell you that you have a common ancestor but not how you are related to that ancestor.
Bostian is married to her husband, for 42 years, Raymond. They have one daughter, who is a police officer in Richardson.
After her retirement, Bostian joined the Rootseekers in 2007 and then the Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2010.
She keeps busy in her spare time with her church, Bible studies and reading.