June 2018

It's All About the DNA
     Recently, since my huge success in December of reuniting a friend with her birth-father's family, I have been focusing my genealogy research on using DNA to find unknown parents or grandparents. I have blogged about some of these cases here: Others that I have not written about yet include reuniting a client with her deceased birth father's nephew, finding the birth mother of a woman who was born and adopted in Minneapolis in 1909 (just from the DNA of the adoptee's son), and finding a strong candidate for a client's grandfather who deserted his family in Seattle in 1924. This work is incredibly satisfying, both for me and my clients.
     As you have probably heard by now, DNA test results are being used to help solve crimes such as rape and murder. I've included several links in my section below, and I hope you will take time to thoughtfully read them.
If you or someone you know has unknown parents or unknown grandparents, I can help! I'm just a phone call or email away!

What I've been doing:
*  Planning my trip to Michigan in September - flying to Chicago and spending several days in Northern Indiana, researching my Prosser roots there, before heading north to Beulah to spend time with family.
*   Babysitting my 8-month old granddaughter 2 days a week - chasing after her keeps me fit!
*   Putting several DNA events on my calendar, including a day of presentations by other experts at the Seattle Public Library on September 6.
*   Solved 6 (so far) cases of unknown parents or grandparents, and have started blogging about them.
*  Updated my website with a page about my DNA education & services
What I'm Reading
There is no one who is such an expert at all things genealogical that they can't learn even more! This book is written by Accredited Genealogist Diana Elder, and includes expert guidance on forming a research question (instead of searching blindly all over the place), creating a locality guide, using timelines and research logs, and writing source-cited reports to yourself. This is a treasure!
General DNA News:
At age 72, two women learn they were switched at birth

Family Tree Magazine is hosting a Virtual DNA Conference, June 21-24

From The Scientist Magazine: Genetic Roots of the Ashkenazi Jews

Have you found the hidden features at Ancestry DNA?

Siblings can have surprisingly different DNA results

DNA research intends to match slaves with descendants

She thought she was Irish, until DNA testing solved a mystery

Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors

How to preserve and test old letters for DNA

DNA testing can save lives: here's one

How to transfer your Ancestry DNA to other databases

DNA: Heredity or Hoax (how one company lied about DNA results)

Dateline has a special DNA episode for Father's Day
Upcoming Presentations
Saturday, June 23, 1 pm
   Seattle Genealogical Society: Beyond the Internet: Finding family history records that are not online 

Saturday, July 28, 2 pm
   Orting Library: Discover Your Family History: An introduction to genealogy

Wednesday, September 5, 2 pm
   Frank Tobey Jones: DNA and Genealogy

Wednesday, September 12, 2 pm
    Franke Tobey Jones: Case Studies in DNA

Recent blog posts:
DNA Discoveries: Frank's Story

DNA Discoveries: Sam's Story

DNA Discoveries: Rebecca's Story

To see an up-to-date list of my presentation topics, look on my website here.
DNA and the Law

Recently a number of reporters and genealogists have weighed in on the use of DNA databases to solve crimes. I have chosen a variety of articles for you to read and consider carefully:

New York Times: To Catch a Killer

Science Magazine: DNA Databases and the Future of Criminal Investigation

The Atlantic: How a Tiny Website Became the Police's Go-To Genealogy Database

Parabon announces Genetic Genealogy Service for Law Enforcement: CeCe Moore is on board

Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, has published several blog posts:
The Price of Sharing
The Bull in the DNA China Shop

And from Dick Eastman: Experts Outline Ethics Issues

Here I am with my 8-month old granddaughter, Summer Catherine Sage!
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