How consumer DNA tests are helping Canadians connect with long lost relatives
Speak to genealogists about starting your family history
TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2018 /CNW/ - Family Day has always been an opportunity to spend time with loved ones discovering the ancestors that came before you. But thanks to advances in consumer DNA testing, Canadians are now able to discover and connect with living relatives they never knew existed.
Because of these discoveries, family stories once lost or unknown are being reborn and retold. Entire branches of family trees, once devoid of names and information, are blossoming.
This was the case for Toronto's Carol Brook. Most of her family escaped Europe before World War II and settled in Montreal, but there were always some gaps in the family tree, especially on her maternal grandmother's side. Like many people with a link to the War, it was normal for people never to speak of their experiences or of the people they lost. So, it was surprising for Carol when she was connected to entire lines of cousins she never knew about.
"Back in November 2015 I decided to try AncestryDNA. At first, I was just eager to see what my genetic ethnicity make-up was like. I was amazed when the test connected me to numerous third and fourth cousins. These were people I didn't even know were related to me."
Carol has since connected in person with several of her relatives and discovered previously unknown stories about her extended family. Carol is just one of many Canadians unlocking these amazing discoveries.
So, with schools and shops closed, not to mention the cold winter temperatures, there's no better time to start discovering your story.
Interview opportunity with Lesley Anderson, family history expert
Lesley can discuss:
- Why Family Day is the perfect time of year to begin family research
- What your DNA can teach you about your ancestors and the places they lived
- How to get family members – including your kids – involved in your family history project
- Tips on getting started and gathering information