A growing number of companies offering DNA analysis may spark interest in genetic and genealogical research, said Diahan Southard.
That's a good thing, said the prominent genetic genealogy consultant on Saturday in the Allen County Public Library. But budding genealogists should also be careful when choosing a company to analyze their genetic markers, she said.
"There are a lot of companies out there saying," Hey, give us your details, "Southard said," They're not all serious. Be careful. "
Southard was" bitten by the DNA bug "in high school." According to her website, she earned a degree in microbiology from Brigham Young University in Utah and was one of the first researchers to explore the relationship between genetics She writes for genealogy publications and is featured in a podcast devoted to research.
In four lectures that took most of the day on Saturday, she helped dozens of participants learn more about genealogy Find out how to find out more about your family Histories can use DNA analysis from trusted companies such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe.
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For example, 23andMe may limit nationalities to more countries in Europe than some of the other companies. 19659002] "There are more companies taking part," Southard said. I'm in favor of doing so. "
The crossbreeding of genetics and genealogy has become popular in recent years as companies have made DNA analysis simpler and cheaper. MIT Technology Review – a technology website of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – reported in February that people who tested their DNA with direct-use kits are doubling to more than 12 million in 2017.
Tests range from about 60 to about $ 100.
"Most of the tested are in the US, suggesting that about 1 in 25 adult Americans has access to personal genetic data – a number that has a number spur new genetic analysis services, "the website reported.  One of those who took advantage of the trend is Patrick Deady, who attended the morning lecture and said he has been conducting genealogical research for about a decade. The resident of Fort Wayne had his DNA analyzed and found a surprise.
"Probably the most exciting thing was that I found out I had a cousin in New Zealand," he said.
Since then he has visited newly discovered family member and regularly texts and video chats with the cousin.
"It was an amazing thing to have happened," said Deady.