The Who’s Who of Genetic Genealogy

The Who’s Who of Genetic Genealogy profiles those who influence the field through citizen science, project administration, education efforts, and community outreach. Begun in May of 2016, it seeks to fill a need that I saw when I first became interested in genetic genealogy. That is, I wished to know something more about the members of the community beyond the confines of online mailing lists and forums. — Rebekah

Aaron Salles Torres

Aaron Salles Torres

Aaron Salles Torres is an administrator for the I-M253, I-M223, and the Iberian I1 haplogroup projects as well as the Gonzalez DNA Surname Project and the BEMIS Y-Chromosome DNA Surname Project at FamilyTreeDNA. An avid genealogist, he is also a TV director, author, and animal rights advocate ...
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Adam Brown

Adam Brown

Adam Brown is a community leader, genealogist, and genetic genealogist. One of the early members of the Jewish genetic genealogy community, he is the administrator of the Avotaynu DNA project and many others. When he isn't busy with genealogy and civic work, he takes part in scientific discovery like his ...
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Angie Bush

Angie Bush

Angie Bush is a mother, a professional genealogist, and a genetic genealogy consultant. She and her family live in Utah. Question: Please tell me about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your other hobbies and interests apart from genealogy? Answer: I have been a professional genetic ...
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Carol Vass-2013

Carol Vass

Carol Vass is a genealogist and project administrator. Outside of genealogy, she is a mother and worked in personnel and art advocacy. Carol and her husband Sam were two of my first friends in the genetic genealogy community. They were invaluable for both knowledge and kindness. Though Sam is gone, ...
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Chuck Thornton

Charles Thornton

Charles “Chuck” Thornton is a surname and Y-DNA haplogroup researcher. His interests include the Thornton Surname project, the I1d1 (I-P109) yDNA Haplogroup Project, and the P109+_DYS-455=9 Geographic Project. Question: What do you do for a living? Answer: I have a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and an MBA in ...
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Dan Draghici

Dan Draghici

Dan Draghici is a Canadian with ancestry in Romania. He is an administrator of the Romania project and is involved in research of the origins of modern and historic peoples of Romania. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" ...
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Dave Dowell

Dave Dowell

Dave Dowell is an educator, author, and genetic genealogy researcher. He has published several books including NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection. He is the administrator of the Dowell DNA Projectat FamilyTreeDNA. He also writes a blog, Dr D Digs Up Ancestors ...
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Ann Turner

Dr Ann Turner

Dr. Ann Turner is an active educator and advocate for the genetic genealogy community. She co-authored one of the first guides to genetic genealogy testing, “Trace Your Roots with DNA,” and founded the Genealogy-DNA mailing list on Rootsweb. She has used DNA testing to explore both her family’s ancestry and ...
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Dr. Ian Logan

Dr Ian Logan

Dr. Ian Logan is a retired physician. He is well known in the genetic genealogy community for his work on mtDNA. His website includes background information on mtDNA, instructions for donating your own results to Genbank, and most recently information on the Zika virus. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" ...
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Dr Kathryn Johnston

Dr Kathryn “Kathy” Johnston is an educator and researcher in the genetic genealogy community. When she is not traveling the world, she studies her ancestral mtDNA lineage and ancient X chromosome DNA segments. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" ...
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