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Genealogy Center

DNA Help

DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

DNA and Genetic Genealogy

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

KEVIN CURTIS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY / Universal Images Group

Here is a great place to begin the DNA education process:

Expert Help with DNA in New Mexico

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.

New Mexico DNA Projects

Both of the projects below are hosted by FamilyTreeDNA and focus on families that have deep roots in New Mexico.

DNA Research Group

DNA Research Group

Meetings of the DNA Research Group have been temporarily suspended.

DNA Books

Books to Help Make Sense of It All

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