Our talented team of genealogists is experienced in using and analyzing DNA test results.
Genetic Genealogy & Family History
The Legacy Tree Genealogists team is uniquely qualified to assist in the interpretation and exploration of DNA test results as part of larger family history stories. We are careful to consider DNA evidence in conjunction with pertinent historical records and frequently use both types of evidence to resolve family history research problems. While some consider traditional genealogy and genetic genealogy to be separate approaches, our genealogists utilize the strengths of both avenues to help answer genealogical questions and achieve genealogical proof.
By utilizing genetic analysis as part of larger family history research pursuits, we have helped many clients break through genealogy brick walls. With DNA evidence and traditional records, we have successfully differentiated between similarly named individuals, resolved cases of mistaken or multiple identities, determined the ethnic origins of elusive ancestors, and extended the ancestry of difficult-to-trace relatives. We have overcome the challenges of historic adoptions, identitied the parents of orphans, revealed the identities of parents in cases of abandonment, misattributed parentage, unknown parentage or illegitimacy, and in many cases have made discoveries that would otherwise be impossible to investigate due to a lack of records.
Genetic Genealogists & DNA Analysis
Legacy Tree provides interpretation and analysis of DNA test results from major genealogical DNA testing companies: MyHeritage DNA, Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA. We help clients understand and interpret their DNA testing results through detailed reports explaining what the results mean, describing how to apply them in genealogical context and identifying which individuals should also be invited to test to extend family lines even further.
If you’re unsure whether you should take an autosomal DNA test, mitochondrial DNA test, or Y-DNA test, or if you’re unsure which relatives you should invite to test, we can help you prepare a personalized testing plan designed to best help you answer your research questions. We also have experienced researchers who can perform Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal analyses, ethnicity analysis, genetic network analysis, chromosome mapping, visual phasing, and endogamy analyses.
Genetic Genealogy and Unknown Parentage
Legacy Tree employs several resident experts who can help in investigations of unknown parentage. We provide detailed recommendations for where to test and who to test to maximize your chances of success. Using the known details of your conception and birth, genetic analysis, and genealogical research on biological relatives, we identify potential candidates. With pools of candidates, we explore and weigh potential hypotheses, recommend additional contact and testing, and locate biographical information on unknown parents or other close relatives. We recognize that unknown parentage searches can be emotional and challenging journeys. We have many affiliates and partners who can provide support and help as you explore your biological heritage.
Adoption Investigators & Adoption Research
Our talented team of genealogists is experienced in adoption research. From assisting adoptees in obtaining non-identifying information and other document clues to analyzing DNA test results for the exploration of biological relationships, we can help in this important and emotional journey of discovery. By considering different types of DNA evidence, amounts of shared DNA, and the relationships between genetic relatives, we can work with your DNA matches to identify likely bio-parent candidates and develop testing plans to prove or disprove each candidate.
Sometimes DNA tests can reveal surprises or secrets regarding an individual’s family history. They may uncover unexpected ethnicity in an individual’s background or unexpected relationships due to misattributed parentage. Our team can help research these surprise discoveries and correlate the results with your biological family history.