Last month I had the opportunity to join Richard Miller, the developer of the Goldie May app, in three episodes of his Unrehearsed Genealogy Research show. I chose an objective for the show to find evidence of a parent-child link for a DNA proof argument I’m working on. The proof argument has to do with my husband’s 3rd-great-grandmother, Barsheba (Tharp) Dyer.
In the last Research Like a Pro with DNA study group, I wrote a report showing that Joanna West was the mother of Barsheba Tharp. One of the DNA matches that shows evidence for this conclusion is a descendant of Joanna West’s aunt, Jemima (Arnold) Knowling. Jemima’s daughter Francis married William Darnold. Family trees on Ancestry show that Francis (Knowling) Darnold had a son named Clement Darnold, who was born in 1808 and died in 1872. For my proof argument, I need to show documentation for each parent-child link in my diagram. Below is the top half of my Arnold descendancy diagram. I have removed the last several generations that lead to the DNA matches who are living. I couldn’t find any direct evidence for Clement Darnold’s relationship to his mother, so I decided to use this as an objective for the Live and Unrehearsed show with Richard.
Richard and I started recording with the intent to showcase each step in the Research Like a Pro process. After an hour and a half, we decided to split it into two videos. After the second video went long as well, we thought we’d add one more part. Below are the three videos of research to find evidence for the parent-child relationship of Clement Darnold to Francis (Knowling) Darnold.
Objective: Was Francis Noland/Knowling the mother of Clement Darnold? Clement was born 15 Sep 1808 and died 17 Dec 1872 and was buried Carroll County, Kentucky. He married Drusilla Henry on 23 July 1832 in Gallatin Co., KY.
The videos are available to watch below. For each part, I’ve given it the header with the steps we talked about. Citations are included in all 3 parts, so I didn’t call that step out specifically.
Part 1 – Objective, Timeline and Analysis, and Locality Research
Part 2 – Research Planning, Following the Plan, and Research Logging
Part 3 – Following the Research Plan, Logging, and Writing
In the coming weeks, I will finish writing this proof argument with the indirect evidence I found. I hope you enjoy seeing the steps in the Research Like a Pro process!