Genealogy is more than DNA testing. Solid research demands solid skills. It demands continuous education, adherence to professional standards, good documentation, and skills to follow the hints many different records may leave.
I believe that the knowledge we acquire is meant to be shared. I do this through teaching research techniques, holding workshops, and organizing and participating in seminars.
DNA testing companies have exposed many people to their ethnicity results. Many of these testers have discovered what has been my passion for over 40 years - Genealogy.
Genetic Genealogy helped me break through brick walls in my research, confirm many of my research lines back multiple generations and find new cousins I never knew existed.
But DNA testing is not all roses - there are surprises and confusion with many results. Unexpected results can reveal unexpected parents or grandparents.
Adoptees may be able to find their birth parents. You may find out your grandmother or grandfather was not who you thought they were. A relative's 'wanderings' might be exposed. Or, you may be able to identify the relative who moved away and changed their name. These are just a few of the situations we have helped clients with.
What mysteries will your DNA test reveal? What interesting items will your traditional research uncover?