Passion for revealing family ties ‘DNA Search Angel’
, 2022-05-26 21:05:04,
AmberJean Hyde of Gadsden set out to help her mother, Elsie Gamblin, find her father, using skills from her job as a private investigator and the growing availability of genetic information for such genealogic research.
While she initially worked to locate a member of her own family, she found a passion for helping others find missing relatives, and revealing family ties that people knew nothing about.
After locating family members of her own in Maine, Hyde’s work in genetic genealogy was far from over.
She’s worked with many people, most contacted through DNA Detectives or other social media pages. She’s advised and supported their searches, and in an estimated 75 instances, Hyde helped find the family member for them.
Some had given up hope of finding answers on their own, and Hyde offered her help in unraveling long-held family secrets. Here are a couple of examples:
Brittany Buckley’s story
When Brittany Buckley used Ancestry.com, something didn’t add up. For 36 years, she’d been told who her father was, but the DNA told a different story.
She sat down with her mom, and learned why. An encounter at an out-of-state party was the reason for her conception.
“It was the ’80s,” Buckley said. “There were no cellphones” — no easy, immediate way to get someone’s contact information and keep it. “She lost track of him.”
Buckley said she tried to find that trail for about two years through genetic genealogy, but it’s hard to navigate genetic information if you’re not tuned into it. She made a post about her lack of success with her search on a Facebook page, and gave up the quest.
The post caught Hyde’s eye and she contacted Buckley, saying she’d like to help.
“I was skeptical at first,” Buckley said, wondering, “What’s the catch?” But she checked into the situation…
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