Exploring and Expanding New Research Paths with DNA Testing
IMFA interest in genetic genealogy is getting rejuvenated by the availability of
new types of DNA testing, such as Autosomal, the emergence of new test vendors,
and the integration of test results into existing family history platforms, such
Among the IMFA members leading the charge are Mary Porter and Julie Crawford. Julie,
a long-time IMFA member has recently completed a serious course of study to expand
her knowledge of how to use DNA in genealogical research. See their article “Genetic
Genealogy/DNA Project Update: DNA Testing”, and respond to their poll, to help IMFA
participants expand their research connections through DNA testing.
To get started with DNA testing at a good price, go to ancestry.com for their St.
Patrick’s Day sale, and save $40 or more on DNA kits. Or hit the sale at Family
Tree DNA. Upgrade your Y-DNA results to y-111 for deeper insight into your male
For a survey of recent advances, Blaine Bettinger published his second edition of
The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, in 2019. This is a welcome
expansion of his 2016 edition, helping us keep up with a fast-moving field.
So, consider getting yourself or a relative tested and loading your results to one
of the popular platforms, like Ancestry. The more tests that are out there, the
better everyone’s chances of finding new connections!
Steve Mullinax US312