The one thing that I have a lot of in my data base is the Thomas Burgess of Barnstable, Massachusetts Line on my father’s side of the family. While searching on a Richard Burgess that was said to have died in the Florida War in the early 1800s I stumbled across this page that was verified by DNA. One of the things that was noted on this web site is the number of Burgess’s that could possibly have been related to my Thomas Burgess of Barnstable, Massachusetts line. From their account Thomas Burgess of Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, of Josiah Burgess of Monroe Co., New York, and of Thomas Burgess of York Co., Ontario, Canada have a common relative somewhere in the line.
They have connected several other Burgess lines through this project:
Albert Burgess, born about 1811 in Massachusetts of Tolland County, Connecticut
Thomas Burgess of York County Ontario
Josiah Burgess, born about 1785 possibly in Connecticut, of Monroe County, New York
It is fascinating how it can be determined through DNA different branches of your family. We have watched the 2006 PBS program on DVD of African American Lives. It shows how they can track a direct line of your ancestors this way.