Friday, April 21, 2017

German ancestry?

Are you, like me, frustrated by the lack of DNA matches to distant German relatives? Modern-day Germany has not welcomed DNA testing for genealogy, but there may be some light at the end of the tunnel.

A newcomer in the field is teaming up with another company to focus on DNA testing in Germany in order to build a database for matching. They have completed a similar project in the British Isles and provide location-specific results for that area. They are seeking out testers whose four grandparents lived nearby each other in Germany and offer a discounted price to those who qualify. My hope is that their German project will bring more light to what can only be called the secret world of genetic genealogy in Germany.

If you want to encourage this effort, you may want to order a DNA test from Living DNA. They have a sale on right now. Their matching service is not available yet but they promise it soon will be. Meanwhile, let's get those Germans testing so we can make progress with our genealogy searches.

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