Thursday, December 21, 2006

DNA and the Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings Story

Ken Berry, #80, (Culpeper Co. Berrys) has been getting 'stealth' results.    I reported yesterday that his Y-DNA61-67 results had arrived.    Well, last night, again without any notice, his Y-DNA38-47 markers were posted.    His last group, the (apparently difficult) Y-DNA48-60 Markers remain outstanding.

Now to the film.    This is a long one, but very interesting and well worth your time.    A good lesson on the utility of Y-DNA.
Dr. Eugene Foster, former professor of Pathology at the University of Virginia, discusses the role of DNA in investigating the Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings story.    The claim that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemings, a slave at Monticello, first came to light while Jefferson was president, and it has remained a subject of discussion and disagreement for nearly two centuries.    In 1998, Dr. Eugene Foster of the University of Virginia used DNA tests to investigate the claim.    It has been several years since Dr. Foster and his collaborators published the results of the their DNA study of the paternity of Sally Hemings' children.    However, there is still a lot of controversy about the signfiicance of the DNA findings.    Dr. Foster explains why he began his research into the paternity of Sally Hemings' chldren, how DNA analysis can help determine paternity, and how the scientific evidence illuminates the claim that Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one of Sally Hemings' children.

This film courtesy Roots Television.

Notice that in the credits at the end one of the videographers was listed as Stephen Berry Production Services, Richmond, Va.    Anyone know this Stephen?    Can we get him in the Project?

Still only one 25 marker coupon left in the FTDNA Xmas Special!    Better hurry!


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