The past months have been full of all sorts of rewards and surprises.
I've finally found my paternal birth family.
According to Genetic Testing Laboratory in Las Cruces, NM I am related to Ralph Tompkins and that fact proven with the help of his daughters (MY SISTERS!) through a siblingship DNA test!
Heartwarming and satisfying as this is .. new twists have arisen that must be dealt with before I can pursue my aim of building a complete family tree.
This link is a portal to the DNA chart(s) obtained and constucted over the past 3 or 4 years. It started out trying to compare to Eugene Baker, then I discovered a relatively close match with the Saline family which does have Finnish roots. I still think we may be cousins within the "elusive genealogical time frame" ... but that is the area of intensive research and exploration remaining. The chart on this page will be the hub of those future and present investigations.
*Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (hope I got that right!)
This chart of RFLP #'s has the values for my 5 sibs and myself for which Beta-Paternity laboratory concluded there was a 99.98% probablility of FULL siblingship for three of us; 98.7% for three others and was 'inconlusive' for the fifth and me (that happens sometimes, even with full sibs). You might note on the Y-STR chart that is shown on "My version of a DNA Study", that my two brothers, DO NOT match me.(they are EM and MM on the chart) We differ on 8 out of the 12 markers in the basic set.