I just wanted to let you
know how much I appreciated and enjoyed your
reports once I have time to relax and read
them. A job well done and well worth the
cost. I'll go back to Lee County for a day
or two with your insights sometime in the
future. I really would like to positively
identify the Y line before I die. I’m still
amazed that you managed to isolate it to two
families. I thought the illegitimate birth
of my ancestor during the Civil War would
prevent me from ever knowing who my
ancestors were. I can’t thank you enough.
Thank you very much.
As Tony the Tiger says….This is Grrrreat. I
Ms. Estes has been very instrumental in
helping me in my quest for discovering my
family. She, in my opinion, has not properly
introduced herself. Roberta is
unquestionably one of the top Genealogical
DNA Research Scientists bar none and I have
spoken with many. I sought her services
after attending one of her Cumberland Gap
Genealogy seminars in Hawkins County TN. She
is leading the search for the Lost Colonists
of Roanoke through DNA research and is
sought after by anyone who understands the
significance of DNA evidence in genealogy.
She has been very instrumental and
invaluable in my research and education.
|It is exactly what I hoped for.
Super duper. You do excellent work.
You have no idea how
much you have moved forward my genealogy
work. You have saved me years of effort. And
being 72 with five stents holding open my
coronary arteries, I need all the time I can
get! I will write more later. But already
such puzzles are explained as to why on The
US Census, my grandparents "mother tongue"
of French is lined out and replaced by ...
Flemish. I need to go north into Brabant
which is chock full of Libouton. What you
have given me is gold!
LeBouton (good grief, I'm a Viking!)
|Following a 2 day seminar at the Allen
County Public Library in May 2009:
Thanking you for the
great seminar! When I went back up to the
department, three different attendees
stopped me and thanked us for having the
seminar. One gentleman approached me shaking
his head with a smile. He said something
along the lines of "Geez, that was a lot of
information. She gave me a lot to think
about. I am glad I came (he indicated he was
from Columbus, OH)--I think I have a shot at
understanding it now."
quickly through the evaluations that were
turned in, they were uniformly good to
great. I am very pleased, and most grateful
that you were able to fit it into your
Curt B. Witcher
Manager, Historical Genealogy Department NE
Director, Indiana Genealogical Society,
Allen County Public Library
You beauty! (pronounced u
bewdy! by us australasians - kiwis and
Thanks so much. Report
arrived in good shape. Now I'm going to take
months/years to absorb it and use it to
further my research. It's a wonderful
Go well, keep well.
Rob Gordon (Australia born, Pacific Rim
EEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! It's here!
I'm so happy to see it and look forward
to reading it more closely. It's really
attractive, too. I know my father will enjoy
pondering this. I can make it a special
Valentine's Day gift.
Looking ahead a
little, is it too soon to inquire about
Simply WONDERFUL....THANK YOU BIG!!
Thanks so much for
taking the time to give more texture to my
report. It has taken a while to respond
because I needed to adjust and comprehend
what you have written. I feel a deep,
abiding relationship to the Tsonga. I'm
happy with my results and with the
beginnings of my real DNA story. I'll be
forever grateful to you for helping decipher
All the Best,
Read about Ms. Byrd’s
journey of discovery, including DNA results
and her work with Roberta unlocking their
meaning, in her book, “Light, Bright and
Damned Near White”, available at
Roberta....the work you have put into
this....thanks. I do hope you enjoyed the
"rare" challenge. I have printed it out. It
is going to take several cups of tea to read
it all. I am going to put the sheets in
plastic sleeves. I am an educated woman but
this is quite a new language. I am pleased
to see the [reference] websites included. I
love learning. Many thanks again for your
I want to thank you
again for the wonderful report and all the
work you put into it. I am not exactly a
newbie to this and when I ordered the report
I really had no idea of what to expect but I
though at the time, “well this will be
interesting”. Then when I learned you were
behind it I knew I had done the right thing.
Just wanted to thank you for
the fantastic job you did on the analysis.
You were right, there is a lot here that I
didn’t know and a lot that was spot on in
your research. You were also spot on about
my Mothers Hispanic roots. She did some
research to find documents in San Antonio
about adoptions and birth certificates and
discovered that her fathers name was
Gonzales. So again I thank you for all this
information that I will use for my research.
really inspires my mind, really. I've now
read several times your report and been
thinking about these things.
I got sufficient information to be sure
Adolf really was Carl’s biological father.
The story of step-father is now solved. This
question is now over.
I am really, really happy
with my report and appreciate the knowledge
and effort that went into your work.
I have a question for you. Can you find out
if there are studies for an additional four
surnames? Your reports would be a great gift
for our son Luke. I am interested in giving
my son as much of a look at his heritage as
possible, with the idea of providing him
information on each of his lines.
|Note from customer to Bennett Greenspan,
President of Family Tree DNA on 5-15-2009
Just a quick note. I
am not a newbie to genetic genealogy and so
it was a bit of a lark and a bit of
curiosity when I ordered the report from my
personal page. I rec'd my report this week
from Roberta Estes and am very very pleased.
FTDNA needed something like this all along.
Having managed several groups and advising
others I can say that the norm is for casual
group members not to 'get it'. This is a
wonderful way to aid these folks.
Dear Family Members,
Hello and Happy Holidays. I hope you’ll
forgive this group letter instead of
personal handwritten notes.
continue to work with my daughter on our
family history. This year, DNA testing for
genealogical purposes revealed to us that we
have a female family connection in the late
1200s to early 1300s with a particular group
of refuges that moved from Eastern Germany
into the mountains of Russia where they
still remain in an isolated village. My DNA
at a particular location matches theirs, and
this is the only source in the world known
for this particular mutation. While we
cannot of course find the paper trail back
to these people so long ago, their oral
history has been preserved, and it is very
interesting to know that it is also the oral
history of that line of my family as well.
I never imagined such discoveries
were possibly, especially so long ago, but
with new technologies we’ve learned much
about our ancient family. I’ve enclosed a
most interesting document to all of you as
my Christmas gift. I’m giving you the gift
of your heritage, of knowing where we
belong, and that we descend from a Jewish
mother long ago. I hope that you will pass
this on within the family, providing a
legacy, identity and a sense of belonging to
your children and grandchildren.
hope that this Christmas finds you in good
health and bright spirits.
Note - Mrs. Long passed away
four months later in April of 2006, having
given her family the gift of their family
legacy on their last Christmas together.
|I have hired the services of several
genealogists and without a doubt the
information provided by Ms. Roberta Estes
was more useful than any. Ms. Estes DNA
analysis did not just include generic
information regarding migration paths and
genetic mutations of the haplogroups over
time, but was very personalized for my
specific DNA results. Ms. Estes went so far
as to search all the DNA databases for
individuals who share the same unique DNA
markers as I, and she produced matches that
were not available at other ancestry and DNA
sites. I highly recommend Ms. Estes DNA
analysis services to anyone who has
completed a DNA test.
Jackson, Locust Grove, VA
Once again I want to tell
you how much I enjoyed your seminar. You do
a great job of relating to your audience and
educating people on DNA.
DNA Testing Advisor
|That report is amazing.
Got your report and have
just skimmed through it. Confirms a lot of
what I suspected, and adds much additional
info. I'll print it on high grade paper and
then have it bound. Will make a very nice
addition to the books I've already prepared
for my kids.
The .jpg files are also
interesting. There is no doubt that they
refer to my grandfather Henry. However, I
never realized he had returned to Germany
and brought back a sister Mary (previously
unknown to me). The draft registration card
is also interesting in that it gives the
color of his eyes and relative height (also
previously unknown to me).
thanks for your efforts.
|I have always hoped that the
adoption story told by my grandfather would
some day be disproven. The day has arrived.
THANK YOU so much.
You have totally
blown me away!!!!!!
Not by findings
so much; as by all the incredible work you
have put into this!
Thank you so
much! I am truly delighted.
items of interest.
At the moment I
am in Israel, and about to leave for
Lithuania, so have only really just glanced
at your amazing amount of work. Many of your
photos are most pertinant. I may have held
the remains of my (all of our) Eve in my
hands. You show a photo of the Taung Skull
from South Africa. When I studied
paleoanthropology in South Africa in the
early 1960's that specimen was the hands of
my Professor, Philip Tobias (the protege of
Raymond Dart who described the skull), so we
had the opportunity to see it. It is
probably still at the University of
Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
show of a photo of a reconstruction of the
old walls of Jerusalem - well from where I
am sitting right now I can see the actual
walls of the old city. I’m on a journey to
visit my ancestors. Tomorrow I fly to
Lithuania, primarily as I have been involved
in a project to build a Memorial to the Jews
and Jewish Cemetery in Panevezys which was
razed by the soviets. There are 7 known
ancestors and family buried in what was the
cemetery. The opening of the Memorial is on
Then, as regarding the
photos of the Bushmen or San as they are now
properly called - I spent several weeks
during my paleoanthropology years with them
and made a movie.
So as you can see,
I am truly delighted and look forward to the
time when I can print this out and carefully
go through it.
I plan to do several
copies and have them bound for my family.
Thank you so much. You have provided a
beautiful production and superb analysis as
a heritage for my family.
going to be doing the Y DNA analysis as well
- I certainly hope so.
regards and thanks,
Keith Kaye, MD
Once again you
have done an absolutely amazing job! I am
really delighted and overwhelmed. Thank you
Thank you even for going to
the trouble to find some of the original
family records I had not found with the fact
that the original family name was Kushner
and Itsyks date of birth.
I have to
tell you that I have just had the mt DNA
report printed and bound and it looks
spectacular. I had a copy made for each of
our children and shall certainly be doing
the same with these. They shall both become
treasured family heirlooms.
again for your wonderful work. If you are
ever in MN I would love to meet you and take
you out for the best dinner you can imagine.
With kindest regards and thanks,
Keith Kaye, MD
thought it was about the best, no wait, it
IS the best, article on DNA I have ever
read. VERY understandable and very complete
IMO. Easily understood by this old tired
brain. I am going to pass it along to quite
a few people who will benefit from it.
|I have received your report and this
time I will read it with a glass of wine.
You have written a nice piece of history
in a way that it is understandable and
exciting to read.
I can't thank you
enough. I have found my ancestor because of
you. She was held in bondage. I thought I
would never know her name.
for everything you have done for me.
JM (Netherlands Antilles)
WOW is all I can say!
Pate, CPA, FCPA, CFE, CGFM
|I'm super pleased with your services
and what you've been able to add to my
family tree. Please schedule my next two
days of research soon. The check is
Jason in Japan