Genealogists using DNA to trace history
POSTED: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 11:14am
Longview, TX — While popular shows like “CSI” use DNA to solve crimes, local genealogists are using it to solve mysteries of a different sort: determining exactly who their ancestors are.
Linda H. Laminack, the librarian in charge of the genealogy and local history department at the Longview Public Library, said the ability to get more conclusive evidence of which names belong on their family trees is increasing the interest in genealogy.
“It’s a pretty accurate way to find out if you’re on target with your genealogy research or if you’ve made a wrong turn somewhere along the line,” Laminack said.
Because it’s less complicated and time consuming to use the DNA to verify results rather than simply to find ancestors, Laminack said she encourages people to do some work on their family trees through more traditional means — like birth and marriage records — before using their DNA tests to see if they’re following the right lineage.
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