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Update, Our young man who said there was suppose to be a family secret about him had his DNA run a few weeks ago. It came back rather quickly and yesterday evening he gave me a call to look into his results. Well, it was as he suspected. There was no relation to the Father he had always known as Dad or any of the many family members who had taken the DNA test previously. There, was however, a long list of possibilities. This is exactly why I told him to have his DNA run rather than spending the $179 for a paternity test. The paternity test would have only told us what we found out…that his Dad was NOT his father, but we would not have had all these clues to go thru to try to locate his real ancestry, and all for the small price of ONE DNA kit. Thus the Journey Begins. I worked on it with him last night and I must say it is promising. His situation was rather unique, in that the man we think is the father was adopted, or so they said. Often times, as in my own family, when someone dies, a family member takes a child and raises it and adopts it. This may or may not be the situation in this case, but it is a good place to look. Questions still remain, but I believe I have tracked his mother thru the information on the lst, 2nd, third and 4th cousins and a few lucky breaks in the obituaries. Now to figure out the real Father. That will take some doing, but I believe we are the right track.
We all want to know the truth. There is nothing worse than not knowing. As they say, the TRUTH will set you free. DNA can be so rewarding and can help you find your TRUE ancestry, and give you that sense of belonging we all long for as well as the medical information we may need.
Keep checking back to see where the JOURNEY leads us.
Let’s sit back and think about a world where DNA is an everyday tool to be used for many things. In a perfect world, where we all were tested for our DNA and it went into a database, can you imagine how that could change the criminal justice system? Do you dare to commit a crime and if you do, the first one where DNA of any kind is left at the scene, you’d have some explaining to do. When you had your DNA run you could find out any medical issues that might be hidden within your DNA, which could help you modify your lifestyle so as not to experience those life threatening events, like heart attack. There are certain ones of us who have that embedded in our DNA. It is like, for generation upon generation, they all died of heart attack or stroke. Imagine being able to stop that recurrence. It could also warn you of bipolar disease and other mental problems. Maybe you could get treated sooner. And maybe, just maybe they could eventually figure out how to use that new tool CRISPR to fix the faulty gene that caused your mental disease, just as they can now find the gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis and other diseases that are so severe and are passed on thru your DNA. It could literally, be Heaven on Earth.
This evening I was watching Investigation ID. I got into the show a little late, but I learned that there was a killer who had been extremely hard to catch. They had his DNA from a 23 year old rape kit and came up with a match. When they found this man they got a search warrant for his home and why they were checking behind sheetrock, I can only presume the man must have confessed and told them where to look for evidence. They found 150 polaroids of women, some obviously dead, some it was hard to tell. They had the task of matching up these women with missing persons and some of them had been attacked by this man, but were still alive. They ended up with 35 women they could not figure out what happened to them. But thanks to DNA technology he was convicted on 10 counts of murder, rape and kidnapping. He awaits execution in San Quentin Prison. Can you imagine how many lives may have been saved if DNA had been possible sooner.
Which DNA test, that is the question. I was approached by a young man who said there was a family secret about him. When I inquired he said that he was probably NOT the child of the man who was on his birth certificate and was possible another man’s child who has passed away back a few years. He was thinking of having a paternity test done. The cost would be $179. The reason so high I am sure, is because two people would have to have their cheek swabbed. I thought about his dilemma, and asked if any of the Father’s siblings had done a DNA test. The answer was yes, with Ancestry.com. Now, a Paternity test will only tell if this person IS or IS NOT the Father. If the answer is yes he is, then it worked, but if it is NO, then the question still remains, is it this other person you thought might be the Father and he is deceased. I suggested that the best way to approach it was to have the $69 Ancestry.com test and the reasons are numerous:
- If the young man comes up as a relative of the siblings of the Father who signed his birth certificate, case over, home free. That man is his father.
- If the young man shows up with no relation to the other siblings, then there is another father out there and
- By doing the Ancestry.com test, some of the relatives of the TRUE Father may have had their DNA tested and he may find he has half-siblings he knew nothing about or
- If not, he may have all the way up to 5th cousins show up of people he doesn’t really know.
- Then, is where the research will come in, checking these out to see if you can find the ancestor you have in common.
Glad to say that he has ordered his Ancestry.com report and I have offered to help him analyze the results and guide him through it.
When you take that first step, you have taken the steps to FREE yourself from the baggage you have carried around since the first time you heard the rumor. “The Truth Will Set You Free.”
Then comes more steps and we will travel through this with him and I will post here. Good Luck Young Man.
Twice just the other day, DNA played an important role in the lives of citizens.
April 3, 2019: A reign of terror for citizens of Spartanburg, South Carolina came to an end with the DNA results of one Gregory Howard Frye, 52, who had been on the loose for over 20 years. He is at this time charged with 12 rapes, and possible more to come, along with kidnapping. His reign of terror was between the years of 1995 and 2003 and the case had gone cold. But with all the new developments in DNA testing, detectives decided to retest and check the rape kits and received the match. What a blessing DNA has been.
April 4 2019: A young teen boy claiming to be the missing child, Timothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. With DNA testing it was confirmed that this child in fact was NOT Timothy. Now it begs the question who is this child and just what is going on. Young Timothy Pitzen was taken from school by his Mother, then she was found with POSSIBLE suicide in a hotel and a note that little Timothy was with good people and would never be found. All very curious circumstances. I can understand how someone thought this teen was him, the resemblance is remarkable, but thanks to DNA, it was disproved.
DNA plays an important role in our lives and we should put the tools we have to good use.
An ex-police office was finally arrested after 40 years of evading the police. Southern California had experienced more than 50 rapes and 12 murders before finally DNA came to the rescue and caught the man who had terrorized California for years. Thanks to a smart forensic coroner who decided to make duplicate rape kits on one of the earlier crimes and had kept it in a frozen locker for all these many years. With the advent of DNA it was decided to test the DNA and then a genetic genealogist uploaded the results to the DNA website GEDMATCH.com which enables many people to upload their raw data and find relatives. This was the beginning of finding the perpetrator. So do you still wonder about DNA?
There are three different types of DNA tests. They are Autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA. Generally it is an autosomal test that you order from one of the testing sites. These tests can be administered to both men and women, and will trace your ancestry back of both sexes. Autosomal test are limited to going back several generations, possible 4th or 5th generation. This test can be very helpful with finding ancestors and linking you to cousins and others who may help you in the development of your family tree.
The Y-DNA test is administered to Men Only. This test traces DNA back through the Patrilineal ancestry, following the male line only. Since this test is more focused you may be able to get information further back in time, but with less information about family structure.
The mtDNA is matrilineal and traces your ancestry back through the female ancestral line. Like the Y-DNA test, the mtDNA test can trace further back with less information about family structure.
Be sure you understand exactly what you are looking for before you order your DNA and which company offers the DNA test that most matches your needs.