I have been a professional genealogist for several years but over time my interests have become firmly focused on using DNA in solving family mysteries. While I am happy to do traditional genealogical research as part of genetic genealogy, I no longer enjoy doing traditional genealogy for its own sake. I suppose this is not surprising as I started in the early 2000s, to use genetic genealogy in trying to solve my own family mystery, namely, to find my father’s biological family. Also, being a physical science graduate, I like crunching numbers and puzzle solving.
In 2013, I succeeded in confirming who my father’s father was and who were his paternal family. After that, I focused on trying to find my father’s mother. This has proved very difficult as I appear to have found his maternal grandfather but this man’s wife is not my father’s grandmother so I have a gap to fill. I have been working on closing the gap in my knowledge for some time now, using all the genetic genealogy tools I can find and by testing very many people who might help with the quest. I check Family Tree DNA, Ancestry, 23andMe, MyHeritage and Gedmatch daily looking for new useful DNA matches. I cross-check the segment(s) of DNA using the great tool at DNApainter.com
So, as 2018 is rolling on, I have been reflecting on my goals for this year. Certainly, I want to confirm who my father’s mother is (and my grandmother) and I will continue doggedly with this DNA research. I will focus my professional efforts on genetic genealogy and use traditional genealogy where required.
The world of genetic genealogy and genetic anthropology gets more exciting every year with new ways of using genetics. For example, Ancient DNA is one area where cutting edge research is producing fantastic new insights.