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DNA - Wayne Research
DNA - Wayne Research
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Helping the Records Speak
Traditional documentary research, genetic genealogy consultations, workshops and lectures, and writing services.


See gatagacc_biblio.php for links to genetic genealogy resources and information.
See lectures.php for information on genetic genealogy presentations and workshops.
See pubs.php for information on genetic genealogy publications.

I provide the following DNA and genetic genealogy services:
  • Analysis of DNA test results to whatever level is needed to meet your research goals. More details are provided below.
  • Recommendation for DNA tests needed to achieve your research goals.
  • Locate DNA projects that can help achieve your research goals.

For these DNA-related services I need the following items:
  • Your specific research goal (determine the probability that two persons are descendants of a common ancestor and within what timeframe, determine whether two female lines might be related, etc.).
  • A detailed descendant chart from the probable common ancestor to the descendants of interest for this goal.
  • For autosomal DNA analysis, a detailed pedigree chart showing all known ancestors. The more robust and complete the pedigree chart is, the better chance there is of fidning a common ancestor.
  • All pertinent information about the person(s) targeted by the request (documents and sources that help prove the family links).
  • Any additional information you may have that could make the research more specific and efficient, such as family group sheets, pedigree charts, family legends and stories.
For direct paternal line (Y-DNA) testing, analysis may include comparing your DNA data to those with close matches to assist in determining likely family groups. Factors taken into consideration include the number of markers tested, whether any differences are on fast changing markers, whether the family group displays more mutations than statistical averages, and how the mutations correlate to the lineage to support or refute hypothetical relationships.

For direct maternal line (mtDNA, mitochondrial DNA) testing, analysis may include comparing your DNA data to those with close matches to assist in determining likely relationships. A full mitochondrial sequence is more useful for genealogical purposes, but mtDNA matches may be much further back in time than Y-DNA matches. There are specific situations where mtDNA is the best evidence and some situations where a lower resolution test than the full sequence can help. Analysis of the research goal can determine which test may help. A full mtDNA sequence can reveal rare mutations that can link families in a genealogical time frame, but may reveal implications for medical conditions. For this reason an analysis of the full sequence for possible medical indications should be done before sharing the mtDNA data with others or contributing the DNA sequence for scientific research.

For autosomal DNA (atDNA) testing, which can indicate relationships on all of your lines, analysis may include comparisons of the matching DNA to determine likely relationships, conversions between shared percentage of DNA and other numerical results (such as CentiMorgans and longest blocks) to allow comparisons between different testing companies, and chromosome mapping to determine which ancestor particular blocks of DNA have been inherited from. These techniques are useful for traditional genealogical research as well as searches in case of adoption and other situations where the biological parent is unknown.


The costs will be charged as follows: hourly research fee including time for accessing test results on a company or third-party website, research, analysis, and report preparation, PLUS cost of photocopies, long distance phone charges, postage and handling, travel, and other ordered or approved out-of-pocket expenses. Balance in full is due before the final report will be sent. Refund of unused deposit fee, if any, will be sent along with the final report.

What You Should Do

After you determine my services meet your needs and have gathered the information I need from you in order to perform the service, e-mail your request (using the "Contact" information at the bottom of the page).

Include a telephone number if you wish to discuss your request via a phone call. This initial contact should include a list of information you have that is pertinent to your request but need not include photocopies at this time. Include information that may have an impact on estimating the scope and/or amount of time involved to complete your request.

After reviewing your request, I will contact you with an estimate of the time needed to complete your request, how soon I can start on your request, and the hourly fee. If I feel I cannot provide you with the service requested I will try to refer you to another genealogist.

If you decide to engage my services you can send a deposit and authorization letter of the terms of our agreement and I will begin work on your request.

Links below access authorization letters that can be printed, filled in and mailed with your deposit check or money order. A printed and signed authorization form is required before work will begin.

Sample Authorization Letter for Services: HTML format, PDF format

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Debbie Parker Wayne
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Certified Genealogist®
Certified Genealogical LecturerSM
Credentialing Organization: http://bcgcertification.org/


e-mail (preferred contact method): or
Mail: PO Box 397   Cushing, TX 75760-0397
Phone messages: 936-326-9101
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