DNA will tell

I heard an intriguing story the other day about DNA test results. I’m enjoying a long weekend in Chicago, but the story remains on my mind.

A friend submitted a DNA test kit for her 80-year-old-plus father. When potential matches began to appear, she was puzzled. This was not the family she expected to find. The man her dad called his father – was not.¬†Closer scrutiny of available records suggests her grandfather was actually a neighbor of the family. Thinking the news would be too upsetting for her aged father and her siblings, she’s decided to keep it to herself.

I found similar stories online:

1) Earlier this year Jason Welby, the¬†Archbishop of Canterbury, discovered he was the son of Sir Winston Churchill’s last private secretary. Read Welby’s story.

2) DNA testing surprises were submitted by members of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

DNA can’t lie or mislead. Be prepared for surprises.

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