I am an independent professional genetic genealogist currently working as the genetic genealogy consultant on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Genealogy Roadshow.
I have close working relationships with all of the major genetic
genealogy testing companies. I love to help others discover
more about their family heritage through DNA testing. My area of expertise lies in assisting others in understanding Autosomal DNA testing products such as 23andMe's Relative Finder, FTDNA's Family Finder and Ancestry.com's AncestryDNA. I participated in the beta testing for all three products and am
considered an innovator in the use of autosomal DNA for genealogy,
frequently consulted by DNA testing companies, genealogists, adoptees
and the press.
My volunteer work includes:
Lead Ancestry Ambassador for 23andMe, Moderator for the ISOGG DNA Newbie
List, Advisory Board for the Mixed Roots Foundation and Co-Director of
the Global Adoptee Genealogy Project, International Society of Genetic Genealogy's Regional Coordinator for
Southern California, Volunteer Administrator for the Jefferson/Hemings, Proctor, Travis and the Adopted DNA Projects at Family Tree DNA and Administrator for the ISOGG Wikipedia. I have been quoted on the subject of DNA in the Wall Street Journal,
Washington Post, Discover Magazine’s Gene Expression, Science Blog’s
Genetic Future, Genomes Unzipped, Genomics Law Report, Fox Health, CNN's
Paging Dr. Gupta and Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. My blog even made Newsweek’s “Recommended Reading” List for DNA. I also frequently present on the subject of genetic genealogy.
If you are a beginner, please see the Resources page for links to basic articles on
I am always happy to hear from my readers, however due to the large amount
of inquiries I receive, it has become impossible for me to respond to
every email personally, so please feel free to remind me about your
question if you don't hear back from me and I will do my best to
respond. If you need your question answered in a timely manner,
please join the ISOGG DNA Newbie Yahoo Group or, if your question concerns adoption and DNA,
the DNAAdoption Yahoo Group (links found on the Resources page) and ask there.
Thank you for reading!