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Using Science to Answer Questions from Latter-day Saint History: The Case of Josephine Lyon’s Paternity

14
Jan

Using Science to Answer Questions from Latter-day Saint History: The Case of Josephine Lyon’s Paternity

Published originally:  BYU Studies, quarterly (Jan 9, 2020) Historians have often speculated if Joseph Smith had any children with his plural wives. The strongest case for a child born through one of Joseph Smith’s polygamous unions is that of Josephine Lyon, born on February 8, 1844, in Nauvoo, Illinois, to Sylvia Sessions, who was sealed […]

Resolving a 150-year-old paternity case in Mormon history using DTC autosomal DNA testing of distant relatives

21
Dec

Resolving a 150-year-old paternity case in Mormon history using DTC autosomal DNA testing of distant relatives

by Ugo A. Perego, Martin Bodner, Alessandro Raveane, Francesco Montinaro, Walther Parson, & Alessandro Achilli Published for FSI (Forensic Science International) Genetics Highlights We propose the resolution of a 150-year old alleged paternity using autosomal DNA data collected from 56 living descendants. This study deals with the posterity of Joseph Smith Jr., founder of Mormonism, […]

DNA Rules out Joseph Smith has descendants from polygamist wives

20
Dec

DNA Rules out Joseph Smith has descendants from polygamist wives

Full Documentation of Reconstructing the Y Chromosome of Joseph Smith can be read here:  Reconstructing Joseph Smith’s Y Chromosome By Carrie A. MooreDeseret Morning News Published: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007 12:13 a.m. MST Mosiah Hancock, son of Clarissa Reed Hancock, who was married to Levi Hancock. Oliver Buell, son of Prescindia Huntington Buell, who was […]

DNA shows Joseph Smith was Irish

08
Dec
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DNA shows Joseph Smith was Irish

Ugo Perego research – Joseph Smith English or Irish, probably Irish: Joseph Smith English or Irish SANDY, Utah — DNA research into Joseph Smith Jr.’s genealogy has turned up a surprise, according to Ugo Perego, director of operations at the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation: A rare DNA marker shows that the assumption Smith’s family line […]

Out of Liberty

08
Apr

Out of Liberty

Based on first-hand recorded accounts, “Out of Liberty” follows local jailer Samuel Tillery (Jasen Wade), who is tasked with watching Missouri’s most wanted men as they await their upcoming hearing. Caught between the local Missourians’ increased drive to remove the prisoners, and the prisoners’ desperate efforts to survive, Tillery is pushed beyond what any lawman can endure. These most wanted men, as Latter-day Saints will quickly recognize, included the prophet Joseph Smith Jr., his brother Hyrum, and four other Church leaders. They’d been arrested and falsely accused of treason.

The Irish Mormon Prophet

21
Dec

The Irish Mormon Prophet

The Smith’s DNA was not like any Smith in England that Perego could find. Perego began DNA detective work — trying to find a close match. After narrowing his search he discovered that the Smith family DNA matched very closely with the many descendants of “Niall of the Nine Hostages,” a fifth-century Irish warlord who […]

Bridging a Rift of False Tradition: The Healing Letter Between Joseph’s and Brigham’s Descendants

18
May

Bridging a Rift of False Tradition: The Healing Letter Between Joseph’s and Brigham’s Descendants

Written by Mary Ellen Elggren “What of Joseph Smith’s family? What of his boys? I have prayed from the beginning for Sister Emma…They are in the hands of God, and when they make their appearance before this people, full of his power, there are none but what will say – ‘Amen! We are ready to […]