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.
The DNA Special Interest Group meets both in person at the Genealogy Center and online using Zoom at 10:30 am to noon on the first Friday of every month.
Just getting started with using DNA results to explore your family heritage? Join us online for free classes covering the basics in language you can understand.
Visit the Albuquerque Genealogical Society website for details about the ABCs of DNA classes, the DNA Special Interest Group, and more.