DNA testing for genealogical research is a relatively new concept. Here we break down the basics of each type of DNA test, why it's important, and who should do it. It seems that every day there are multiple news articles regarding DNA and how it is used to solve a crime, make a new medical discovery, help an adoptee find their biological parents, or any number of other subjects. Just as DNA is used as a tool in these situations, it can now be used by genealogists to help uncover the truth of family rumors, find new relatives, provide clues to new avenues of research and break through brick walls. Although genetic testing should not be used as a replacement for accurate genealogical research, it can often provide answers and evidence for theories in cases where conventional records do not exist.Types of DNA TestsThere are many types of DNA tests – some are useful to solve crimes, others are useful in diagnosing medical conditions, and still others are useful for genealogists. In …Read more
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Using onsite researchers, Legacy Tree Genealogists were able to help a client discover Lithuanian family history records. Perhaps hiring a genealogist will help you break through your genealogy brick walls. As a Project Manager with Legacy Tree Genealogists, I often find myself just as anxious as the client is to get a report back from a researcher and find out what was discovered. I really care about each and every project, and love that we have such amazing researchers who do such great work.Lithuanian Family HistoryOne of my favorite projects is one that has been ongoing for nearly seven years! The client originally ordered in July of 2007, asking us to translate the writing on the back of some photos from Lithuanian into English, and then to try to extend his paternal ancestral line in Lithuania.It was determined that the records needed were not available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, so research had to be undertaken in the State Archives in …Read more
Primary source documents are a gold mine for genealogists. Here's how one of these simple documents created a defining personal experience for one of our researchers!Primary source documents are the lifeblood of genealogy. Filled with cold, hard facts, these documents provide evidence that researchers use to collect, analyze, and then make conclusions. Personal identity, parental linkage, or biographical details are some of the possible conclusions drawn by genealogists from these essential documents.In the case of this particular World War I Registration Card, this primary source document led to an amazing, personal discovery.Discovering the PastRobert Luther Harman was an elusive great grandfather and I was overjoyed to find that this document supplied many previously unknown facts about him. I quickly glanced past his current address, instead focusing on his exact birthdate.Some time later, my son and I happened to be in the town that my great grandfather …Read more
Estate research - also known as probate research or forensic genealogy - isn't new. Here's what you can expect when you hire our team of forensic genealogists.Colonel "Jim" Smith, a millionaire farmer from Georgia, died without a will in 1916. People were eager to prove they were his next of kin and hired lawyers to try to do it! Estate research has been around for a long, long time.Legacy Tree Genealogists: The Trusted Probate Research FirmIf you're interested in hiring Legacy Tree Genealogists for estate research, also called probate research, forensic genealogy, heirship research, or heir searching, here's some helpful information:Legacy Tree has experience working with Public Administrators, court-appointed administrators, individual executors, and even geneticists in their quest to account for heirs of common ancestors.Unlike many probate research companies, we do not work on a commission that takes a percentages of the estate. Each hour is billed and …Read more