In the last post (“The Search for Helen’s Roots“) we learned that my adopted great-grandmother, Helen Johnson, has a cluster of shared close autosomal DNA matches in the 3rd and 4th cousin range. These matches are all genealogically members of a Snell family which lived in the same small county in Upstate New York where my great-grandmother was born.
We also learned that my grandmother married Walter A. Snell, who also appears to be a member of the same Snell family.
Did Helen knowingly marry someone who was her cousin or possibly her half-brother? Did she always know who she was biologically?
Is My Surname Actually SNELL?
On February 17, 1932, Helen’s first husband Frank Bettinger passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59: