Tag: genetic genealogy

The Future of Genetic Genealogy

Earlier this month Joanna Mountain, 23andMe’s senior director of research, spoke during a panel discussion at the annual Genealogy Jamboree hosted by the Southern California Genealogical Society in Burbank. Starting in 2013, the four-day conference has included a day devoted to the use of genetic testing ...

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23andMe Ancestry Basics

We got a great response from our Google Hangout earlier this month, which focused on some of 23andMe’s basic ancestry tools. During the presentation CeCe Moore, a genetic genealogist and 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, started with a quick overview of the science behind using DNA for ancestry before diving ...

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Parallel Lives

Kathy Fisher’s life journey has taken her far from home, but she’s never been far from family, even if she didn’t know it. In an uncanny coincidence, 23andMe connected Kathy with an unknown cousin whose path had crossed hers multiple times in her life – from South Africa, to Botswana, to ...

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Searching For Her Roots

In her 30 years of searching Perline Porter had to chase down rumors, uncover lies and overcome false assumptions, but in the end she discovered the truth. “I finally know where I came from,” said Perline, a 58 year-old retired computer tech. “I found my biological father and family.” The searching — ...

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23andMe Helps Brother And Sister Connect

Leslie grew up with a family secret — somewhere out there she had a big brother named Michael, her father’s illegitimate son from before he married her mother. As a child, Leslie made this mysterious brother her imaginary friend. And as she grew older, she became determined that one day, she would find ...

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War Baby

In the early 1990s when he was on the cusp of turning 50, Paul Dodds didn’t have a midlife crisis, he had a midlife surprise. Paul learned that the man he thought was his father wasn’t. “It kind of made sense because although he was always there, he never bothered with me or my brother (he wasn’t his ...

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A Secret No More

Libby is a geneticist for NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for the management and conservation of living marine resources. One of her responsibilities is to genotype endangered species of fish, tracking generations of families. That’s right, fish have families. They have pedigrees. The irony is, ...

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This Is My Story

Not long before his grandmother died, DeSean Stokes sat with her as she shared stories of her life. One of 15 children brought up in the segregated south, his grandmother, Evelyn, was the first in her family to go to college — Alabama State University, Class of 1954. She became an elementary school ...

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23andMe Helps Man Find Family

He may have seen his mother once before, but PJ Holland can’t be sure. It’s a fleeting memory, one of his first. He would have been two or three at the time. He remembers watching two women crying and hugging each other near his room. He thinks one of the women was his mother. He remembers seeing the two ...

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It’s Complicated

Virginia Hughes, one of the writers we always try to keep up with, has a thoughtful piece about some of the unintended consequences of uncovering family secrets using DNA testing. As we’ve seen in many of the stories we’ve featured here about customers finding unknown family or uncovering family secrets ...

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