5 Things You Need to Know About DNA Testing for Genealogy

Did you have your DNA tested and do the results confuse you? Amy Johnson Crow has some suggestions that might clear the confusion. You can read her article, 5 Things You Need to Know About DNA Testing for Genealogy, at: https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/dna-testing-for-genealogy.

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I do not expect to receive any new ethnic information about myself via DNA testing. I have only German and Irish ancestry and it has been previously very well researched and documented. However, I am interested in keeping records of my family’s heritage, including our genetic footprint, so have gifted all my sibs with DNA testing kits. This may be a resource for their offspring if genetic information about our family is ever needed in the future, including for medical reasons, tracing missing persons or ID-ing next of kin.

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“Be prepared for surprises’. The surprises are the point. I see people agonising over the results showing they have a new cousin or sibling or someone has a different relationship to them that they thought. So what. We are all human and subject to the foils of humanitity. Assuming that your family is the only one that has never ‘misbehaved’ or misrepresented something is naive bordering willful ignorance. The truth always outs, and I’m glad of it.

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    Amen Jay… my son has no family on his fathers side that we know, as his father is an adoptee from Germany, who’s father was a supposed military man who had fallen for a local girl when serving there, then was deployed back home. The DNA shows a great deal of English and a lot of USA addresses off GedMatch. However a DIFFICULT task is underway to find his family, with “hopeful” reception when we find them. Wish us luck.

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Michele – get in touch with the folks at DNAAdoption. They have proven methodologies for determining possible and probable unknown fathers. Best of luck

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Good Luck . My mother was born out of wedlock (as they called it in those days) and always thought she had been dumped by her mother who didn’t care. 89 years after her birth I found out that her mother had written a note to the family that took her baby and asked for a picture. She was eventually married, had a second family and when I discovered her granddaughter, she had the picture but did not know who it was. The second family had no idea that Mom existed nor did she know that she had half brothers and a half sister. What a shame! She found out that her mother actually did love her and that she had family in the last two moths of her life! DNA might have helped.
Wayn

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    Wayne, I got chills reading your note. Was SO happy to hear that your mom learned some truth about her past and that she was loved. Your words are encouraging, thank you for sharing her story. Michele

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