I believe everyone has the right to know their biological heritage. I have a special spot in my heart for adoptees, for birth parents searching for their now-adult offspring, and for those with unknown parentage. While contact is not always sought or desirable, much healing happens when the holes in the first chapter of someone's life are filled in. Knowledge is power!
I have roots. You have roots. We are all connected, just some more distantly and some more closely. When I started watching "Long Lost Family" on TV, I realized that DNA testing can be used to help people with much more than ethnicity estimates. The beauty of DNA testing is your DNA match list, which can verify your paper trail, or send you on a new quest to straighten out a slightly crooked branch of your tree or build a tree from scratch.
Mckell went back to college as a non-traditional student. She graduated from Arizona State University in December 2013 with a degree in Communication and a Small Business minor.
She is a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG), National Genealogical Society (NGS), Family History Society of Arizona - Tempe Chapter, Utah Genealogical Association, Pima County Genealogical Society and the Southern California Genealogical Society.
As a search angel (volunteer) for adult adoptees and those with unknown parentage, she has experience solving cases from Texas, California, Washington, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, Illinois, Missouri, Hawaii and cases involving Filipino ancestry and Azores islands ancestry.
She started the East Valley DNA Special Interest Group that meets monthly at the Mesa FamilySearch library in Arizona. She is a Family History Consultant for her congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
Mckell loves to build family trees, and loves connecting family members. She started the East Valley DNA Special Interest Group in August 2017 to help others learn how to use their DNA match lists to extend their family trees and build their family history.
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