View Full Version : On the prowl for DNA

June Pelo
03-04-07, 18:09
They swab the cheeks of strangers and plug hairs from corpses. They travel hundreds of miles to entice their suspects with an oldphotograph, or sometimes a free drink. Amateur genealogists of the DNA era bear a certain resemblance to members of a CSI team. Prompted by the advent of inexpensive genetic testing, they are tracing their family trees with a vengeance heretofore unknown.

A woman thought a man eating at a McDonald's could be the last male descendant of her ggggrandfather's brother and he refused to give her his DNA. She was going to grab his coffee cup out of the garbage can; she had traveled from Tampa to Georgia to watch him.

Another woman took the only living male cousin in her mother's paternal line out to lunch, and grabbed his glass while she took her DNA kit out of her purse.

By next year, about a half million people will have taken a DNA genealogy test. Thousands of amateur family historians have begun asking people with the same last names to compare genes. even thought most are strangers. Not all potential kin are easily parted from their DNA. Some worry about revealing family secrets. Some fear their sample could be used to pry into other areas of their lives. Some just cannot be bothered.

One woman in Calif. has been lobbying to have the remains of St. Luke the Evangelist analyzed. She believes his mother was Celtic, as is her own lineage, and is willing to pay $350 for the test, but the Roman Catholic Church has ignored her theories.

These excerpts are from an interesting article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, 2 Apr 2007.


09-04-07, 01:54
Thanks for sharing June. They are indeed interesting. There was a show on pbs which led to this one guy in central Asia who was our ancestor from waay back in time. How they did it is beyond me but it was interesting. That sure made his day to be a descendant of such singular importance.:)