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.