Wondering who's behind 4buckets4dna.com and the 4 Buckets Technique? That's me!
I'm Jennifer and you might know me from my blog, The Occasional Genealogist. I'm also a professional genealogist, having started my own company in 2008 after getting my feet wet as a professional genealogist at the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Now that I live outside Atlanta, I focus on southern research and using DNA for genealogy. And you bet, I love discovering new ways to work with southern DNA results which have their own special quirks and issues.
I've been researching my own genealogy since 1989. (That's me in my fourth-grade play portraying someone with my surname but who I am NOT related to).
I first tried genetic genealogy in 2007 when I had my dad take a YDNA test. Since then I've had over a dozen relatives take autosomal, Y, and mtDNA tests and worked with DNA results for my clients as well.
Although I’m a professional genealogist, I am also an “Occasional Genealogist,” I rarely get to work on my own research. It was imperative I learn to sift through the DNA matches for myself and my close relatives.
Both sides of my family are from northwest Georgia, there was no sorting matches based on geography. Southern families are also very interrelated. I was plagued with cousin marriages, not overly much in my family tree but in most of my matches' trees.
Despite running a business, blogging, raising two children, and getting dinner on the table, I found a way to group my DNA matches into useable “buckets” through what I now call the 4 Buckets Technique. It allows me to use my very limited time to get the most results from DNA.
Road to DNA Success
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