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DNA used to track genealogy (news)

03:01 PM CST on Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Gloria Campos reports

Everyone knows about DNA. DNA tests help determine paternity and, of course, TV crime shows couldn't crack a case without it.

But now thousands of Americans are using DNA in a whole new way—to trace their genealogy
a whole new way—to trace their genealogy.

Every one of us walks around carrying a living blueprint of our ancestry. It's called DNA, making us all unique, yet tied to the same family of homo sapiens.

Art Garza, 61, of Richardson hopes science will help him solve a mystery that begins with his dad, Antonio Garza.

"I've been trying to trace my ancestors for about five years, and I have not come close," he said. "My Dad was born in Mexico, he does not know where or when."

Working with a Hispanic genealogy group called Hogar de Dallas, Garza tried finding his family roots the traditional way, through a paper trail of birth certificates, church and marriage records.

That search proved fruitless, so he took a DNA test.

"It's easier to do it the DNA way and then go back and do the research," Garza said.

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