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Mission Accomplished

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Mission Accomplished

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 5:37PM GMT
Classification: Query
This is a story of encouragement, especially for those just starting out in genetic genealogy.

When I started working on my family history, more than 30 years ago, I had one simple but challenging goal: to find the places of origin of all of my 19th century immigrant ancestors. Today I found the last one!

It has been an effort that combined traditional genealogical research with intensive DNA testing. I did YDNA testing with two companies and autosomal DNA testing with three. By following DNA clues to find documents, and documentary clues to evaluate DNA results I have now identified the homes of all 12 of my immigrant ancestors. In most cases I know the city or town but in every case I have narrowed the location sufficiently that I can visit and understand the environment from which they came.

The attached screen shot shows how the documentary and DNA evidence came together.

So, please keep trying; it is challenging but well worth the effort.

Jim
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