Patti Dung discussed basic DNA background information, how DNA is inherited and changed and the amount you share with relatives. She pointed out issues with migration and ethnicity. Reasons why Chinese Americans would want to be tested include finding & confirming relatives, validating Chinese family genealogy books, ancient migrations, and solving family mysteries such as "mystery people", paper sons and daughters and adoptions. Patti is a former high school AP Biology and UCLA Secondary Science Methods Instructor.
Steve Kwok, former CFHGSC President, discussed third party DNA databases, such as GEDmatch and the security of information that you may opt to share. He will share a recent discovery.
WHAT MEMBERS FOUND FROM DNA TESTS:
- Trae Nicholson discussed efforts to find relatives through DNA testing. She and Wayne Louie demonstrated how they validated part of the Louie zupu,
- Carol Ng showed how she would have been able to see if a "cousin" was really a cousin.
- Ron Chun talked about his results from 3 different DNA test companies and how he used mtDNA and YDNA tests to try to answer a family question.