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.
KEVIN CURTIS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY / Universal Images Group
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, and the Albuquerque Genealogical Society 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. Because the Main Library will be closed for renovations at the end of May and beginning of June, the June meeting of this group will be held at a special location. Check the AGS website for details. You can also get assistance from Mr. Farris with your DNA questions at the Research Day on the third Saturday of the month.
Visit the webpage for this group on the Albuquerque Genealogical Society website: