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When the Wall Street Journal does an article about DNA testing in the context of genealogy and family history research, Finding a Few Hundred Cousins, by Anne Tergesen, it feels like our hobby/profession has really hit a milestone!
In recent decades, DNA tests were mainly used to prove paternity. But since 2000, a handful of companies have commercialized tests that connect a wider array of relatives, sometimes going back centuries to find common ancestors.
As recently as 2007, such tests cost as much as $1,000. Today, they generally run between $100 and $300 and offer users more information ....
Do read the full article.
I will fess up that I have NOT done DNA testing. The main reason is that I’m too busy doing research for others. Another reason is that many years ago, I chose to focus more on the details of each “found” ancestor’s life than on identifying who I didn’t know anything about and pursuing those individuals. As always with researching ancestors, we each determine what goals work best for us.
Given the decrease in price and the expanded results one can expect, have you or someone in your family recently undergone DNA testing? Did you get the answer you hoped for? Or, did you end up with more questions than ever?
For those new to DNA testing, what one bit of advice would you give them?
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