DNA testing has become an increasingly integral part of the fields of family history, and genealogy. Even now, genetic testing is sometimes considered necessary as part of the exhaustive search required for the genealogical proof standard. Learn about how we can help you use DNA in your family search.
The best way to can explain forensic genealogy is to describe it as “reverse genealogy.” Rather than going from the present to the past – i.e., the living to the deceased – forensic genealogy goes the opposite direction. While the Bermuda Triangle is the end of a journey, the Forensic Genealogy Research Triangle represents the beginning of an ancestral research journey. History, Geography, and DNA create the perfect equilateral triangle of forensic research. If you must supply documentation for a legal case that requires source citations or written reports, you are now entering the world of forensic genealogy.
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The bumper sticker read “Genealogists – We Seek Dead People”. As much truth there is to this comical tagline, there’s a whole world more out there for genealogists and those seeking their family history.
It’s a matter of getting beyond just the names, dates, and places and learning who our ancestors were as people and members of a society. What did they do for a living? Who did they live with or next to? What historical events may have impacted their lives and the decisions they made? There are many more questions that can be answered, and finding out those details help us gain an appreciation for who they are and how it impacted who we are.
There’s an old joke about a mother teaching her daughter to roast a piece of meat, and part of her instructions included cutting off the ends of the meat before putting in into the roasting pan. Her daughter asking why she cut the ends off, only to be told: “that’s how my mother did it!” After questioning her grandmother, she finds out she only cut off the ends so the roast could fit into her roasting pan. How many of our traditions are the ends cut off a roast or things based on cultural, economic, or historical events?