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  • Tara Shymanski
    ... From: Mary Petty -- HEIRLINES Date: 28-Jul-2006 19:04 Subject: Alberta Family Histories Society - America s 400th Anniversary and
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      From: Mary Petty -- HEIRLINES <mary@...>
      Date: 28-Jul-2006 19:04
      Subject: Alberta Family Histories Society - America's 400th Anniversary and Historical Event Genealogy
      To: chairman@...

      Dear Alberta Family Histories Society,






      This partnership combines genealogy, family history and DNA genetics to link nations and people in celebrating "America's 400 th Anniversary"


      SALT LAKE CITY – Heirlines Family History & Genealogy is merging genealogy with modern science. It has teamed up with Relative Genetics and GenealogyFound to show that after 400 years millions of Americans can trace their family tree back to the Jamestowne colony and Colonial Virginia. DNA testing and genealogical research is combining to help Jamestown descendants jump the pond and find their immigrant origins from Europe and other nations.


      The year 2007 marks the 400th anniversary of the original Jamestown settlement – the first permanent English colony in what is now the United States of America. Heirlines, Relative Genetics, and GenealogyFound are using traditional genealogy along with genetic genealogy to link millions of living people to their roots in that 17th Century colony. They are building a public database of Jamestown and 17th Century Colonial Virginia descendents that will be available beginning in 2007.


      Doug Arnett, COB of GenealogyFound, a non-profit foundation promoting historic event genealogy projects world-wide, said he thinks the Jamestown 2007 project will awake n the spirit of family history in many Americans as well as people in many foreign countries.


      "We want to build an Internet research database for everyone, and spark a patriotic sense that 'Maybe my ancestors came through Jamestown' so people will be excited to tie into this historic location," he remarked.


      Peggy Hayes, director of sales and marketing for Relative Genetics, commented that she expects this database to leave a lasting legacy.


      "This project will give people a connection to a great part of their history," she said. "Knowing where you come from gives you a sense of identity and a renewed desire to search out your roots."


      James W. Petty, President of Heirlines, stated, "Genetic genealogy is becoming an integral tool in genealogy research . It won't be a 'stand alone' service because the testing only reveals relationships, not family history, locations or documentation. It will, however, allow researchers to obtain much more insight into family history and family tree origins."

       "Traditional and genetic genealogy are proving to be very symbiotic," Arnett said. "Combining the two services is becoming standard in finding ancestry."


      Genealogists can use DNA data to overcome gaps in family trees, establish biological links to specific ancestors, and identify other living family lines to which one is related.  Genetic genealogy is useful in proving or disproving family legends.


      "Many people think they're descended from Thomas Savage, the founder of the first continuous family in America."  Arnett said. "You'll hear stories that are passed on from generation to generation; and sometimes, much to their disappointment, they have no relationship to him at all. But other times we find out these family stories are accurate."


      Hayes said if the Jamestown 2007 project goes well the two companies may work together on many other historical event genealogy projects.


      Petty said he sees a great future in using genetic genealogy along with traditional genealogy to discover family connections to the people of history and immigrant ancestry.


      Doug Arnett concurs, "I find genetics and genealogy fascinating," he said. "We're going to find out, sooner or later, that we're all much more closely related than we ever thought."


      To find out more about the Jamestowne and Colonial Virginia Genealogy and DNA Project go to GenealogyFound www.genealogyfound.org . For information on the upcoming celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown colony go to http://www.jamestown2007.org/home.cfm.


      GenealogyFound www.genealogyfound.org is a non-profit foundation established in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2005 to work with other non-profit and for-profit organizations in developing new humanitarian, educational, and historical event projects using genealogy, history and DNA. These efforts will bring peoples and nations closer together!  


      Relative Genetics www.relativegenetics.com provides genetic testing solutions to help genealogists build the branches of their family trees. The company's comprehensive testing services allow private companies, individuals, family organizations and genealogists around the world to establish relationships and identity through DNA testing, genetic interpretation and genealogical analysis.


      HEIRLINES Family History & Genealogy www.heirlines.com is a nationally recognized professional genealogy custom research services company that has helped thousands of clients since 1969 to discover their roots. They are located in the Genealogy Capital of World, Salt Lake City, Utah, which is home to the world's largest Family History Library www.familysearch.org , owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Heirlines utilizes this Library, the Internet, onsite research, microfilmed and original record sources from across the globe to accurately discover and properly document the family tree.



      Sincerely yours,


      Mary E. Petty, B.A.


      Ancestors are the People of History.  Do you know who yours are?

      Let the Professionals at HEIRLINES Family History & Genealogy find your ancestry!

      1-800-570-4049 ▪ www.heirlines.com ▪ PO Box 893 ▪ Salt Lake City, UT  84110


      Tara Shymanski
      Alberta Family Histories Society
      712-16th Ave NW,
      Calgary, AB, T2W 0J8

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