The Interconnectedness of the Human Family

April 6, 2015 12:50 PM

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It used to be that the only way to find long-lost relatives on our family tree was to follow the paper trail. And unless your ancestry connected to early American colonists or to European royalty, it was very difficult to find paper documents older than the last few centuries. And what about your relatives who didn't leave a paper trail? In the past, these ancestors were doomed to disappear. But not any longer. Now we can locate both ancestors you never even dreamed that you had, plus cousins of yours who are alive today--all by taking a simple and inexpensive DNA test!

Some of us were born into large nuclear families. And some of us could hold a family reunion around a kitchen table without even adding any extra leaves. But regardless of how many brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, and first cousins you might have, your extended family--the people with whom you s...

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