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DNA helps in finding, learning about family history

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The mouthwash used to test a participant's DNA for Genetree. (File/FOX Carolina) The mouthwash used to test a participant's DNA for Genetree. (File/FOX Carolina)

There is a new approach to adding more branches to your family tree.  It is called genetic genealogy. 

The idea is that a company collects DNA and matches genetic profiles with people who lived many generations ago.

The research is available to people around the world.  Genetree has developed a database of 112,000 people in more than 170 countries.  Those who agree to sign up for the service are able to log on to a website and make connections with people who share genetic information. 

Those who sign up for the service, pay a fee of more than $100 to take part.  They agree to send a sample of mouthwash to the company, where the DNA information is analyzed and added to the database.  

It is then compared to other participants and the information is made available to those who have taken part. 

The president of Genetree told FOX Carolina, the system improves as more people agree to add their DNA.  Efforts have been made to visit people on every continent, to collect samples and add those to the database as well.

FOx Carolina's Diana Watson agreed to send her DNA to the company.  It was analyzed and she was given information about her paternal and maternal family lines. 

She was given more detailed information about her father's side of the family.  She knew they were from Poland, but was able to get other family names that include DNA similarities.  She also found out more about her mother's side of the family, who live mainly in Marion County, South Carolina. 

Genetree led her to other states and as far away as England, where it is believed her ancestors originated. 

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