DNA As a Genealogical Source

Over the past five years, an increasing number of National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) articles have incorporated a new genealogical source: DNA test results. While not necessary to solve every genealogical problem, there are instances when DNA test results supply information that couldn’t be uncovered through traditional research, confirm a conclusion suggested or reached by a paper trail, or provide additional evidence that may sometimes be needed to meet the Genealogical Proof Standard. In the September 2014 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Morna Lahnice Hollister’s award-winning article, “Goggins and Goggans of South Carolina: DNA Helps Document the Basis of an Emancipated Family’s Surname,” demonstrates the use of both traditional genealogical research and results from two different types of DNA testing.

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