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Hello. I am considering joining the DNA projects for two of my lines, but the problem is that I am female, and I have two daughters. My father has passed, and so has my only sibling (a brother) who completely shares my DNA and family lines. I do have some rather distant male relatives from each of the lines, but I don't know them well and they are not involved or interested in my research, it seems.
I realize that the DNA testing is being done primarily via cheek swab, but I've been wondering about something. There is a good clump of my deceased brother's hair (from his first haircut) pressed in between two pages of his baby book. The hair has been there for 48 years, undisturbed. Might it be possible for the DNA testing to be done using this hair sample? If so, can anyone point me in the right direction to try to have this done?

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Hello Renate
That is a great question that you posed! Quite sometime back, I had inquired on just
that same question with a DNA company. The reply that I received at that time was that the DNA profile
could only be extracted from the root of the hair follicle.

Perhaps someone will reply to your query with some new information at this time. I was able to not only test my paternal and maternal lines, but found willing cousins to test my father's maternal line and my mother's paternal line.

I hope that you will be able to find a person and or a source in your family to help you to be able to incorporate
DNA into your genealogy research.

Allen
Renate,

I hope you find an answer to your hair question. Contact the major companies and ask. Keep us posted.

We are currently testing a cousin's great uncle and my mother's first cousin. To encourage this being done, 4 of us cousins who research genealogy chipped in to pay for it and two went over and did the cheek swab. If you can talk them into it, it would be good to have your relatives' DNA on file, even if you manage your brother's as well. The more samples you can compare, the better.

You also can do your own mtDNA (female) to find out which "daughter of Eve" you descended from back from the dawn of mankind. Ancient history, but interesting. I'm considering it to see if one of my ggg-grandmothers was an American Indian.

Teresa

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