, 2022-09-09 02:00:00,
YORK, Maine — Baffled and mystified, Marci Radin stared at the unfamiliar surname that appeared on the list of genetic matches that Ancestry.com had sent her.
It was everywhere, this name Barclay. It dominated the first dozen names on the list. But Radin did not see her own maiden name anywhere among them.
“I found nobody’s name from my dad’s side,” Radin said during a recent interview.
Barclay? Radin thought. I don’t have any Barclays in my family.
That’s what she thought. Ancestry begged to differ.
According to the organization, Radin, who lives in Colorado, had all sorts of Barclays swinging from the branches of her family tree. One of them, a John Barclay, is even buried here in Maine, and is presenting Radin with a mystery she hopes someone will step forward and will help her solve. More on that in a moment.
These revelations surfaced last year. At that point, Radin had been registered for quite some time with Ancestry, the Utah-based genealogy organization. She knew a lot about her mother’s side of the family. She knew that some of her ancestors had arrived here alongside all the other pilgrims on the Mayflower.
But she knew little about members of her father’s side of the family. To Radin, they were a mystery – one that only deepened when Ancestry told her about those Barclays.
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