Dave Marr has done DNA testing on himself, and
facilitated having other members of his family tested. Much has been learned: about the family, and about DNA testing itself. Many DNA matches have been found, and the speaker has discovered numerous distant cousins.
This talk will focus on DNA testing at Ancestry.com,
since that work is furthest along. It will describe two situations where paper records do not exist (or cannot be found), and how DNA was used to prove a theory and thereby break through a brick wall (only to find another brick wall behind that one!).
The talk will discuss some important lessons learned, pros and cons, and some common pitfalls, along with the significant findings. Audience members will see how DNA can confirm
(or deny) a relationship in cases where paper records
are not available.