I got started researching genealogy when I was 20, thanks to a college Geography project and my mom's encouragement. It has been a wonderful experience, allowing me to learn about my family's struggles and triumphs, make personal connections to historic events, and meet wonderful people. I discovered much of what the family "knew" wasn't quite true, but was able to replace those stories with facts. I've becoming very intrigued with Genetic Genealogy and have tested myself and family members at Family Tree DNA, 23andMe and AncestryDNA. I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and enjoy helping ladies with their applications.
I am a member of the 1776 Project, specifically working on adding the DAR Template to profiles of Revolutionary War Patriots who have been proven by DAR members. I am currently working through a list of the Patriot Ancestors of my fellow chapter members in an effort to update their profiles.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Valerie or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test HVR1 and HVR2, haplogroup U5, FTDNA kit #139787
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Valerie: