Staying abreast of the trends in genealogy can be daunting, but is definitely necessary for the serious family historian or professional genealogist.
What Traits and Health Analysis Discovered via DNA?
As a community, we can begin by gathering family data and creating a helpful family health tree. You may also want to include the 23andMe limited health analysis approved by FDA standards, using DNA. Know that only 23andMe include the following reports:
Although interesting, much of this DNA scientific finding is not helpful unless you are digging into your medical genealogy.
Where to Find Data/Information?
- The Information needed to complete a “family health tree” is probably in your files. Take a close look at the cause of death on death certificates or obituaries.
- Review medical records - we often get a copy of veteran medical records.
- Take note of patterns: premature deaths, infertility patterns in women, birth defect patterns (I have seen some noted on census records), sibling patterns of illnesses, etc.
(adapted from Medical Genealogy, Nov 2010)
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