DNA testing does not replace the old-fashioned hard work necessary to document your family's history, but it will indicate if you're on the right track or have somehow gotten sidetracked into researching people who are not actually related to you. Getting the most from DNA testing will require you to do some investigating to determine which test is best for you, what the results will actually tell you, and to explore the leads of people who are genetically close to you.
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Here is a great place to begin the DNA education process:
There are people in New Mexico who are quite knowledgeable and eager to help you learn more about DNA. Look for DNA classes through Osher, UNM Continuing Education, the New Mexico Genealogical Society, the Albuquerque Genealogical Society, and at the Genealogy Center to expand your knowledge on this topic.
Both of the projects below are hosted by FamilyTreeDNA and focus on families that have deep roots in New Mexico.
Thinking about having your DNA tested or not sure how to interpret your results? Join this group led by DNA expert John Farris from the Albuquerque Genealogical Society for a discussion and assistance. Now meeting on the FIRST THURSDAY of the month, 10:30 am to noon, at the Genealogy Center.
Visit the webpage for this group on the Albuquerque Genealogical Society website:
Beginning in February you will have an opportunity on the third Saturday of each month to learn more about getting the most from your DNA results. Attend the workshops at 1:30 pm at the Genealogy Center that will give you practical ways to make your DNA results work for you.
You can also get one-on-one assistance from DNA experts on the Research Days on the third Saturday (10:30 am - 1:30 pm) and the last Tuesday (10:30 am - 3:30 pm) of the month at the Genealogy Center.