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Genealogy sleuths use DNA

Genealogy sleuths use DNA testing to reveal their roots

The Patriot Ledger

With a swab of his cheek and $139, Donald Woodworth hopes to uncover a piece of family history: the Michigan resident just might be related to Walter Woodworth, one of Scituate’s first settlers.

Birth and death records already point to a link between the two men but the cheek swab, says Woodworth’s wife Sherrye, will clinch it.

Scores of genealogy sleuths like those descended from Woodworth are using DNA testing to find out if they not only share a surname, but a Y-chromosome, too. At least a dozen companies sell DNA kits designed to help families move beyond the paper trail to discover new branches of their family tree.

‘‘We spend years searching for proof of our lineage, but paper proof can be wrong,’’ said Sherrye Woodworth, who has spearheaded a Woodworth family DNA project. ‘‘DNA information will show if our paper information is correct.’’

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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