Topic: Surprises in DNA – Are You Ready?
According to presenter for the March meeting Pamela Strother Downs, DNA testing is one of the wonderful tools genealogists have to facilitate family research. But when deciding whether to have one’s own DNA tested or when asking relatives to agree to be tested, it should always be kept in mind that the results may not be what one expects. This is a case study of a time when Y-DNA results yielded a totally unexpected surprise and how traditional genealogical research filled in the missing information for the men involved.
Downs is a life-long resident of Cobb County. A graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law, she practiced law for Sears, Roebuck and Co. in their Southern Territorial Offices. Downs is a member of the Fielding Lewis Chapter of National Daughters of the American Revolution and is a DAR Genealogy Consultant. She has served on the board of the Cobb County Genealogical Society for several years and on the Steering Committee of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research for 2017. Downs is a professional genealogist specializing in Georgia research and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her article proving her Tatum family lineage to a Jamestown ancestor was published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 101, No. 4, December 2013.