DNA testing has become very popular, and many individuals submit their tests in anticipation of learning their
ethnic background – “where do my ancestors come from?”. Most adoptees submit their DNA tests in hopes of finding
their biological family connections. Some people are simply fascinated by the discovery of their family history
and building an ancestral tree. Discovering your family’s genealogical tree and genetic tree are not one in the
A person’s genealogical tree identifies all of their ancestors of each generation – some are known (generally
the parents, siblings and often the grandparents), others are not and must be researched. The genealogical tree
is developed and supported by original documents such as birth and marriage records, immigration and passenger
manifests, naturalization papers, pictures, memories, and family history mementoes that tell your family’s
story, often passed down by the generations. A person’s genetic tree is developed from only their ancestors
whose recombination and inheritance patterns of DNA contributed to the make-up of that person’s DNA. A key point
to know – a person does not inherit DNA from all of their ancestors in a genealogical tree because of the random
recombination and inheritance pattern of the DNA. Adoptees generally don’t know who their biological family
members are and don’t have a starting point to build their genealogical tree. DNA testing is often their
starting point in hopes of discovering someone who is genetically related to them has also DNA tested, and
potentially connecting with them.
When searching for your family, all sources used to develop a family’s connections must be researched with
great care and accuracy. There is always the potential to unearth unexpected information - either a missing
relationship that you expected to find, or possibly encountering an unexpected relationship you weren’t aware
of. It’s important to consider your reasons for conducting your genealogical search or doing a DNA test. It’s
also very important to review a DNA testing company’s Terms of Service and Consent Agreements prior to
administering the test.
Genealogical family research or DNA evidence, alone, do not answer every question about your family
relationship discovery. It is my focus to assist you with understanding the DNA results and relationship
matches. I also assist with developing your genealogical tree by researching information, not just attaching
random ‘hints’ that may or may not be accurate. I put the pieces of your family discoveries together for you.
I look forward to opening the doors of discovery with you. It all starts with a simple phone consultation.