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DNA and finding the parents

From: SondraT375
DearMYRTLE,
I have hit a brick wall searching for my husband's grandfather, William James TAYLOR. We are contemplating a DNA search but want to get the most "bang for our buck." Can you suggest a strategy to find a reliable DNA project to follow and do you know if once you have a DNA result, can you search other databases for a match? Thanks.

DearSONDRA,

The simplistic answer is that DNA tests can provide likelihood of parent/child relationships, but CANNOT PROVIDE THE NAME of the parent. You
would need DNA from both the grandfather and the great-grandfather to prove paternity.

So, you'll have to do the research the old-fashioned way. Find grandfather's obit, then death record for reference to his age and birth place (perhaps also clues to parent names.) Then work the angle of the birth record. Find him on US federal census records at:
-- http://www.ancestry.com (usually free through your local LDS Family History Center)
~and~
-- HeritageQuest Online (through local libraries)

FOR FURTHER READING

-- United States Research Outline (also for individual states, Canadian provinces, and major countries and regions of the world. There are also
specialty research outlines on such topics as Jewish, African American, and early LDS ancestry; in addition to Hamburg Passenger Lists, Norwegian genealogy words, Hiring a professional genealogist, Ireland's Householders' index, etc.)
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rhelps.asp

-- SMGF Updates online DNA database http://www.dearmyrtle.com/06/0729.htm
-- DNA Swab & DNA Analysis http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/1122.htm

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
 


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