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Colony Research Group
Genealogy ~ DNA ~ Archaeology
Roberta Estes has been a
professional scientist and business owner in the information technology arena
for 25+ years, (BS Computer Science, MBA, graduate work in Geographic
Information Systems), as well as an obsessed genealogist since 1978.
In 2005, reflecting her interest and expertise in genetics for genealogy,
she formed DNAeXplain, a company providing individual analysis of DNA results
and genealogical assistance. Please
visit the web site at http://www.dnaexplain.com
Roberta speaks publicly on
the topic of DNA and genealogy and has been interviewed by the New York Times
for multiple publications, appearing on Voice of America, National Public Radio,
ABC News, TACC9-TV “Down East Today”, as well as in other national and
international radio, television and news publications and conferences.
Recently, Roberta has launched the DNA search for the Roanoke Lost
specialty is southern colonial records, focused primarily in Virginia, Tennessee
and NC. Minority records,
reflecting her mixed heritage are of particular interest, specifically Native
Americans, slaves, and other indentured individuals. Her “colorful” family history has allowed Roberta to
participate in every aspect of DNA testing for genealogy, revealing unexpected
surprises. It’s amazing to find
the blood of European royalty, Slaves and Native Americans, all converged in an
individual within the past few hundred years.
Many of Roberta’s
ancestors seem to have either disappeared into or appeared during the confusing
Revolutionary War era on the new Western Frontier that would one day become
Eastern Tennessee, an area more appropriately nicknamed “Scrabble State”.
Records are scarce to nonexistent, leaving DNA testing as the only viable
avenue to recover one’s heritage, although she hasn’t given up hope
completely for that family Bible listing on E-bay.
In 2000, thanks to
FamilyTreeDNA, the infant scientific field of DNA for genealogy emerged,
allowing DNA to be used to trace individuals to common ancestors.
With traditional genealogical records already researched to no avail, and
several brick walls needing to fall, Roberta was one of the early DNA surname
administrators and pioneer adopters of DNA analysis for genealogy.
The Lost Colony Research Group is in NO WAY affiliated
with The Lost Colony Center for Science and Research. The Lost Colony Y-DNA and MT-DNA projects at Family Tree DNA are
NOT IN ANY
WAY affiliated with The Lost Colony Center for Science and Research,
notify us of any claims to the contrary."
There is no fee to join our group and no donation of monies or objects are needed to participate in "The Lost Colony Research Group".
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