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Genetic Genealogy Only A Click Away

Genetic Genealogy Only A Click Away

Mapping out your family tree may no longer mean sorting through papers and making phone calls. Instead, it could be as easy as clicking your mouse.

A Texas company is pioneering the latest developments in the new field of genetic genealogy. It uses DNA to trace your past, and you can view all the results online. Folks can verify relationships, find new relatives, and like one man here in Lubbock, discover a family past they never knew existed.

"I was excited about it, and I wanted to find more," G.D. Freeman said. DNA testing revealed Freeman's Native American past. "That really was a big surprise," Freeman said. The test not only showed the forks in his family tree, but also, how they intertwine. It shows a connection to the Cherokee, on the Y-chromosome, meaning at some point a Native American male, married into Freeman's European ancestry. "It was rare to find that the other direction because my family members are Native American who intermarried with Europeans," Freeman said.

It's a link Freeman would have never known about, if not for DNA testing, and that's exactly why Family Tree DNA was started. "It came due to frustration, because every time someone tries to find their relatives, eventually they hit a brick wall. Generally, there is a flood, a fire, or a war that has destroyed records in a courthouse, and so you end up with gaps," Family Tree DNA President & CEO Bennett Greenspan said. The DNA tests can also go further back than records. They can detect genetic markers, unique to specific regions.

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