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DNA Tests Dig Up Family Roots. Tennessean, 15 Feb 2014 - by Tony Gonzalez

DNA Tests Dig Up Family Roots. Tennessean, 15 Feb 2014 - by Tony Gonzalez

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Feature article about DNA and Family History - featuring remarks by well known genealogy librarian Dave Dowell.
Feature article about DNA and Family History - featuring remarks by well known genealogy librarian Dave Dowell.

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“If this was going to work anywhere, this is where it was going to work.” 
KRISTINDZICZEK
Center for Automotive Research
CHATTANOOGA —
 Workers at a Volks-wagen factory in Tennessee have votedagainst union representation, a devastat-inglossthatderailstheUnitedAutoWork-ersunion’sefforttoorganizeSouthernfac-tories.The 712-626 vote released late FridaystunnedmanylaborexpertswhoexpectedaUAWwinbecauseVolkswagentacitlyen-dorsedtheunionandevenallowedorganiz-ers into the Chattanooga factory to makesalespitches.But the union faced stern oppositionfrom Republican politicians who warnedthat a union win would chase away otherautomakerswhomightcometotheregion.Sen.BobCorkerofTennesseewasthemostvocalopponent,sayinghewastoldthatVWwouldnotbuildanewSUVinChattanoogaif workers approved the union. That waslaterdeniedbyaVWexecutiveinTennes-see.TheUAWfordecadeshastriedwithoutsuccess to organize a foreign-owned plantin a region that’s wary of organized labor.Thelossnowmakesitevenharderforthe
CHATTANOOGAVOTE
 VW  workersrejectunion
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Associated Press
»
UNION,14A
PUMPED ABOUT NATURAL GAS CARS?
 PAGE1B
Dave Dowell likes to say hecan “dig up” old ancestors withgenealogicalresearch.ButthankstosuddengainsinDNA testing, a rapidly evolvingfield of scientific discovery thatDowellhashelpedpushforward,he recently stumbled on some-thing much closer to home — aliving, breathing relative hehadn’tknownaboutbefore.Outofnowhere,aDNAmatchintroducedDowelltoan81-year-old cousin, living in Missouri,who had been adopted at birthandunknowntomanyinthefam-ily. The cousin’s sudden appear-anceinNovemberaddedawholenewlimbtoDowell’sownfamilytree,andthenintroducedatanta-lizingnewmystery:Could Dowell apply his ownexpertise to help his cousinlearn, for the first time, who hisbiologicalparentswere?It’sthekindofpursuitthathaslong motivated family historyresearchers. But now, armedwith DNA testing, there’s newpromise for solving riddles thatelude traditional methods.Breathtakingadvancesingenet-iccodingneartheendofthelast
SCIENCEANDRESEARCH
DNATESTSDIGUPFAMILYROOTS
Technology offersa whole new wayof probing the past
ByTonyGonzalez
tgonzalez@tennessean.com
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DNA,14A
HOWTOTESTYOURDNA
Three companies offer commercial DNAtesting: Ancestry.com, 23andMe andFamily Tree DNA. For those thinking ofgetting tested, Tennessee experts offered these tips:
»
Researchthecompanies
and types of tests they offer tochoose the right one. For example, different tests are used toexamine paternal and maternal family lines.
»
Joinagroup
already looking into your family name, so yourresults can be compared and interpreted.
»
Don’tignore
old-fashioned research, records, migrationpatterns and other clues. “You cannot know enoughgeography or history,
 Dowell said.
»
Bepatient.
Databases used to find DNA matches areconstantly growing. “Whatever you know for sure today, nextweek or next month, it may not be true,
 Dowell said.
“It’s all coming together to give us tools we couldn’t even have dreamed of three or four years ago.” 
DAVEDOWELL
TENNESSEAN ILLUSTRATION; THINKSTOCK IMAGES
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2014
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