26 July 2012

DNA enlivens effort to save past

It is always exciting to hear about someone’s success using DNA testing to make “connection” both to family and places!

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) recently published such an article with the subheading “Woman finds she has connection to Orange county historical site.” 

CHAPEL HILL -- Sitting at a table at the Outback Steakhouse in Suwanee, Ga., Ernest Dollar insisted on making a brief speech before presenting the envelope – with such a flourish that his wife asked him whether he really had to be so dramatic – to Deardra Green-Campbell.

“Ernie made a big production out of it,” said Green-Campbell, an economic development consultant in Atlanta. “But the truth was, it was a very emotional moment for me.”

Inside the envelope were the results of a DNA analysis comparing her family’s genetic makeup with that of the Hogan family, among the first to settle in Orange County.

The conclusion: a strong indication that Green-Campbell was descended from Harriet Hogan – a slave of Thomas Lloyd Hogan – and William Johnston Hogan, the slave-owner’s white son...

Read the full article.

When looking for a link to the article, I found a companion piece “Woman visits Orange County home of her enslaved ancestor.”

CHAPEL HILL -- Deardra Green-Campbell stood for the first time Wednesday in the home of her enslaved ancestor.

Dirt and cobwebs covered the floor from years of neglect, and the original horsehair plaster crumbled off the wall in chunks.

In the midst of remnants from her family’s past, Green-Campbell broke down with emotion. Tears streamed down her face, and she collapsed into her son’s arms.

“There’s no place I can be or step in this house that she has not touched,” Green-Campbell said. “It’s just overwhelming.”

Read the full article.

Such a priceless journey for this individual and her family.

Tell us of a priceless journey taken by you based on DNA results!

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