ANCESTRAL ANALYSIS  is owned by Rondina P. Muncy. I specialize in ​ solving

difficult cases, tracing ancestral lines, and using land records from multiple sources

to create plats that demonstrate familial relationships and location. Most cases take

lines back to their East Coast and Southeast origins. All research involves 

understanding federal,  state, and local records, and the use of what was originally 

called "cluster genealogy"  or what Elizabeth Shown Mills CG, CGLFASG now

terms the "Fan Club." Up until the mid-twentieth century individuals did not

normally move from place to place without a community of friends and relatives.

Placing a subject within the context of their friends, associates, and neighbors

(FANs) helps determine possible migratory routes and distinguishes people with

the same name.


My basic philosophy when approaching research is that there are no brick-walls in

genealogy, only undiscovered sources and misunderstood information.  


Many problems can be solved by:  

  • reevaluating sources previously used.
  • opening up new avenues of research if past focus has been too

         narrow.

  • reexamining the chronology of events to make sure it is reasonable.
  • studying the families surrounding the subject—​regardless of

         relationship.

  • understanding local and national migration patterns.
  • observation of not only the state and county history, but the

         micro-history of the a county or geographic region.

  • using knowledge of landmarks relevant to research locations such as

         blockhouses, forts, stations, general stores, post offices, and taverns​.

  • discarding preconceived notions about a family's history.
  • ​the use of Y, mitochondrial, and autosomal DNA together with exhaustive

         research.

  • using the Genealogical Proof Standard developed by the Board for Certification of

         Genealogists ​as a bench mark for research and analysis.


By using these tools to understand the relationships between a family being researched and their neighbors and associates, in most cases, problems can be solved.