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Old 07-27-2017, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Really fascinating story about uncovering unknown family history via genetic testing

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It is astonishing what DNA testing can do. The same technology can cleave families apart or knit them together. It can prompt painful revelations, and it can bring distantly related members of the human family together on a quest, connecting first cousins who look like sisters, and solving a century-old mystery that could have been solved no other way. It can bring to light a split-second mistake committed by someone long dead, in a city across the country, in a building that no longer exists. It can change the future and it can change the past.
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:34 PM
 
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Interesting article, thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-27-2017, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Can't read it!
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Old 07-27-2017, 05:53 PM
 
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I can't read it either. Apparently, I've used up my Washington Post quota for the period.
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I'm sorry for those who can't access it - it's a great piece and worth trying to remember to read it again in a few days when the new month starts and you can access some more WP articles.
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:43 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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An incredible story and one that is achingly familiar. A member of my extended family is in a similar situation. I can't give the details, but the pain of finding out you are not who you think you are can be extremely painful.
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Can't read it!
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I can't read it either. Apparently, I've used up my Washington Post quota for the period.
Try again after the first of next month. It's a fascinating story.
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:54 PM
 
Location: N.Sierra Nevadas (California)
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I read it & found it fascinating & sad. Also educational on hospital history
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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What an enormous amount of effort and perseverance that took. I am in what I hope are the early stages of finding a set of fourth great grandparents. Y-DNA has helped to confirm the general line - which is my father's direct line - and I have found autosomal matches to my own DNA from that same line.

Now it appears I need to identify every male descendant of a certain age and of a certain couple in order to know where to look for my fourth great grandfather.

This is a brick wall that a cousin has tried very hard to break down. I would love to be able to do so. This article gives me hope!
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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What an enormous amount of effort and perseverance that took. I am in what I hope are the early stages of finding a set of fourth great grandparents. Y-DNA has helped to confirm the general line - which is my father's direct line - and I have found autosomal matches to my own DNA from that same line.

Now it appears I need to identify every male descendant of a certain age and of a certain couple in order to know where to look for my fourth great grandfather.

This is a brick wall that a cousin has tried very hard to break down. I would love to be able to do so. This article gives me hope!
Good luck! although apparently it helps if you have a relative who is literally a rocket scientist! lol!
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