Opening Pandora’s Box: Using DNA to Find an Unexpected, Improper Ancestor

Opening Pandora’s Box: Using DNA to Find an Unexpected, Improper Ancestor

by James M. Baker, PhD, CG

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Opening Pandora’s Box: Using DNA to Find an Unexpected, Improper Ancestor


This presentation discusses strategies to show how DNA results can be used to identify family adoptions and other Non-Paternity Events. These events may occur at any point in one’s genealogical paper tree, and sometimes may cause major surprises for DNA users. A case study is presented in which a well-researched family tree was turned upside down by DNA results for the 4th generation.


 
 

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Presenter: James M. Baker, PhD, CG

Mr. Baker, an active genealogist for the past fifteen years, completed the requirements to become a BCG associate in 2011. He specializes in German, Midwest U.S., and early American research. He was an officer of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) and has contributed numerous articles to its quarterly, Der Blumenbaum. He also has written articles for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Magazine and the NGS Quarterly. He is a member of NGS and SGGS. For the past ten years, he has volunteered at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library. He has given more than 100 genealogy presentations during the past three years at local, regional, and national events.

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