Michelle is a senior researcher specializing in genetic genealogy and has been with Legacy Tree since 2020. She enjoys using a combination of DNA evidence and traditional research to help clients break through genealogy brick walls.
Education and Training
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in teaching, she holds a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University, is a graduate of ProGen study groups, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Michelle specializes in genetic genealogy and DNA Research and enjoys solving complex mysteries through the power of DNA. She is part of the Legacy Tree DNA team.
From childhood, she always loved hearing family stories, which eventually blossomed into a passion for helping others uncover tales about their ancestors’ lives. When asking her Papa about family heritage as a child, he used to say she was a Heinz 57 (mix of flavors). This diversity is reflected in her own family research experience that includes U.S. migrations, French Canadian/Acadian, Norwegian, Indigenous/Cherokee, and African American.
She is particularly proud of using genetic genealogy and DNA to solve several family mysteries. Exploring her African DNA admixture led to uncovering the story of her third great grandmother who was born a slave in Missouri. DNA evidence also helped solve the mystery of her disappearing Norwegian second great-grandfather.
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