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From: Jeanette Daniels <>
Subject: Re: [APG] DNA information needed
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 07:34:28 -0700 (PDT)
It depends upon if the company (GeneBase BioNet) allowed its clients to "post" their known pedigree information. The DNA testing would not pinpoint the exact parents. I know that I and many other genealogists in Salt Lake City tried to explain to SMGF that they should not be using the Ancestral File as the basis of the genealogies they posted on their website. SMGF hired graduates from BYU who in turn verified whatever information could be vertified with Ancestry.com census records but didn't worry about the earlier information that was submitted when clients had their DNA tested for genealogical purposes. The scientific relational results would be correct but when unchecked pedigrees and family group information are added on to the correct information, you might as well throw out the information prior to 1850 or later depending upon the understanding of the researcher who used that for "proof."
Your client doesn't really have "proof" as far as I am concerned. Until you know where GeneBase BioNet or the poster who claimed that it came from there really got it, you have nothing.
From: "" <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:17:15 AM
Subject: [APG] DNA information needed
I need some help understanding DNA ancestry searches. Right now my head
is spinning. I have had several clients who worked with DNA companies. One
client was traced back to a William Lee. However, William had a number of
children and there was apparently no way of knowing which of them had been my
client's ancestor. I was hired to trace forward from William. Another
client learned that she and another researcher had an ancestor in common, but
did not know who (accept for the surname). I understood those.
But this client has posed a different problem. She contacted someone on
one of the message boards who had claimed James and Mary were the parents of
Giles (bc 1822). The surnames of James and Giles is unimportant, but
Mary's maiden name was Giles. And so, although this connection has been
considered a strong possibility, no proof as been found. Both Mary and James left
wills and neither mentioned Giles. When my client contacted the woman from
the board asking what proof she had, the poster said the information came
from GeneBase BioNet.
Can anyone explain how the relationship of Giles to both of these supposed
parents could be proven solely through DNA. Science was never one of my
strong areas in school, so please answer as simply as possible..
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