Meet the 18-year-old Genealogy Wiz Uniting Long-Lost Relatives all over The U.S.

It’s estimated more than 26 million people around the world have dug into their family histories with the help of at-home DNA kits. But finding your ancestors often requires much more than just submitting your DNA. In this growing field of ancestry amateurs, the “CBS This Morning” television program discovered an unlikely pro and he’s only 18. Michelle Miller reports at or in the video player below:


This young man reminds me of me. I started researching my family history in junior high. But, back then, there were no personal computers, no Internet and no digitized records, so progress was much slower. Research was done by correspondence and microfilms. I still have copies of letters that I wrote as a teenager to record keepers and suspected relatives. Once I could drive, I would make 120 mile round trips to the nearest archives and libraries several times a year and 1300 mile round trips to the Family History Library every other year or so. And 50+ years later, I’m still at it. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t do some research online, sometimes using my smartphone in bed. It’s such an obsession that I even did genealogy research at Disneyland once.


David Paul Davenport June 17, 2020 at 3:08 am

Great story.


I have been working on family histories since about 1992, mostly my own but sometimes for other relatives for friends. The most satisfying has been putting elderly relatives back on touch with each other, separated by time and distance for perhaps 50 years. Or helping those who thought they had “no history of significance” find hundreds of years of significant US history. Very satisfying hobby for my family – have a computer room dedicated to my hobby! 🙂


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