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DNA searching: a personal experience

This post originates from a comment from Matthew Kleid, and rather than have it lost in amongst the responses I thought it had resonance enough with the Somerton Man’s DNA project to include it as a dedicated post.

Identifying my birth parents from my DNA sample taken in 2018 was an evening project for three months. And that was four years ago now. Very fortunately, I connected with a first cousin once removed. What’s more is he was familiar with the family politics, and armed with that information my placement in the tree came swiftly, even though my father was one of nine and mother one of four siblings. Also helpful were online obituaries – basically family trees in a gift basket.

Point is, it really should be possible for Rachel Egan to reconstruct her grand-paternal family tree in this day and age, just by web sleuthing, and from there identify a missing relative. Also, there should be someone still living with memories of the Somerton Man, but we do not have long.

Evoking my personal experience once again, I was able to connect recently with the 95 year old sister of my great-grandmother on whom I had the least information. She was a total cipher and there is no web information about her at all. My guess is the Somerton Man was estranged from his family as well and left few to no public records. So time is of the essence here…

I am under no illusion that this is something you do not already know. Just sharing my own personal experience with this line of work.

Matthew K.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Clive #

    Interesting and informative post from Matthew, that proves you can find DNA information with a bit of luck and some information. I suppose in the SM case, it all boils down as to just how much Rachel Egan wants to dig?

    February 17, 2022
    • And what influences may be denying her the ability to do so. The great irony may be that the individual who strived so hard to have the body exhumed for DNA testing may be the same one who has put on the brakes.

      February 17, 2022
  2. Matthew Kleid #

    Interesting video from 2015. Prof. Jeremy Austin. Australian Center for Ancient DNA.

    February 19, 2022

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