Re: Is DNA Testing Worthwhile? #dna


On 2008.02.23, Marshall Lemer <> asked:

I am wondering if others have had a similar experience? Can
someone please help me understand why this testing is worthwhile?
Marshall, it's obviously worthwhile if it pays off and produces
needed information or a match with a previously unknown relative.

If it doesn't immediately yield anthing useful, it's in the same
class with all those books and microfilms we searched in vain for
someone who should have been listed--but it had to be done.

Unlike the once-searched books and films, the DNA data remains in an
active database, so a match could occur at any time in the future.

In my own case, with two DNA surname projects, I've had some
successess for myself, and for project participants.

However, I'm still waiting for a 12-marker match with the very first
sample kit I submitted to Family tree DNA in Novemvber 2000, and
numbered under 200. The results came back in only four weeks, and I
was, and still am, quite pleased to have the results as additional
identification item for the elusive and still unknown father of a
great-great grandfather, and the DNA pattern representing him is
there in the company's database, waiting for that matching sample
that could come in at any time.

Donn Devine, CG, CGL
Wilmington, Delaware, USA

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