Thursday, November 02, 2006

Re: Taylors & DNA testing

RE: Taylors & DNA Testing

Ol' Myrt here just finished recording an interview with Bennett Greenspan about using DNA to solve genealogical brick walls. I finally get it! I had previously discouraged a TAYLOR researcher from thinking of DNA as the answer to her genealogical "brick wall". See my column last week titled DNA & Finding the parents

Now Ol' Myrt understands how participating in a DNA surname project can narrow down your search, and put you in touch with the TAYLORS whose male lines share common DNA markers. That would literally save you hundreds of hours barking up the wrong TAYLOR family tree.

I know you'll enjoy next week's DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR podcast, which will include the Greenspan DNA interview. I'll let you know as soon as the podcast is released.

NOTE: Recent email from FamilyTreeDNA included a supportive response from a surname group participant. The names have been changed to maintain the person's privacy:

"I talked with you there on three occasions about Y-DNA testing. Since that time I've had myself tested and got two friends to test for their own genealogy. I want to tell you that I am most pleased with FTDNA and the Scarlet Family Project. For a long time I had lingering doubts about my genealogy resulting from an apparently well-written 1952 book that said of my grandfather's grandfather's family, "sons died," even though all the genealogical evidence disputed that statement. FTDNA has confirmed my genealogy back to Louis Starlet/Scarlet (1778-1848) with 25/25 markers through a distant cousin, most of whose line was curiously omitted from a diary written by Louis' son Robert. With the results from other Scarlet
cousins, one marker off, we now have evidence supporting our Scarlet genealogy even further back. I have found my whole experience with Y-DNA testing through FTDNA really worthwhile and fascinating. Thank you!"

If you'd like to know more about participating in a DNA surname project,
visit Greenspan's website:

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

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