Estes founded DNAeXplain in 2004, following a
successful 25 year career as President of
Information Access Strategies, Inc.
Roberta's core competency that sets her apart is
her ability to explain difficult technical subjects
in a simple and understandable fashion to a
nontechnical audience. Her background of dealing
with complex technical subjects provides the perfect
foundation for analyzing the various types of
genealogy DNA results for clients, including Y-line,
mitochondrial and autosomal.
Roberta is a professional scientist and business
owner (BS Computer Science, MBA, graduate work in
Geographic Information Systems), and has been an
obsessed genealogist since 1978. Her genealogy
specialty is southern colonial records, focused
primarily in Virginia, Tennessee and NC. Minority
records, which reflect her own mixed heritage are of
particular interest, specifically Native Americans,
African Americans, and other indentured individuals.
Roberta’s own “colorful” family history has
allowed her to participate in every aspect of DNA
testing for genealogy, revealing unexpected
surprises. It’s an amazing journey to discover that
a single individual is descended from European
royalty, slave owners, slaves, Native Americans,
French Huguenots, German Pietist refugees,
moonshiners and poor dirt farmers within a few
hundred years. Now she guides others as they
undertake their own personal journey.
In 2000, the infant scientific field of DNA for
genealogy emerged, allowing DNA to be used to trace
different individuals to common ancestors. With
traditional genealogical records already researched
to no avail, and several brick walls needing to
fall, Roberta was one of the early DNA surname
administrators and pioneer adopters of DNA analysis
Roberta manages over 20 surname projects
including the large regional Cumberland Gap Y-line
and mtDNA projects with over 1000 participants each.
The Cumberland Gap mitochondrial DNA project is the
largest mitochondrial DNA project worldwide. Roberta
founded the Lost Colony Genealogy and DNA Research
group in 2007 which includes the Lost Colony DNA
She also performs a significant amount of both
genealogical and DNA research and analysis
pertaining to both surname projects and individual
clients’ test results.
Roberta has attended the first five International
DNA Conferences as both an attendee and an invited
speaker. In 2009 at the 5th conference, she was the
featured ISOGG (International Society for Genetic
Genealogy) speaker. Additionally, Roberta is the
Midwest Regional Coordinator for ISOGG.
In 2009, DNAeXplain and Family Tree DNA teamed to
jointly offer personalized DNA analysis for
customers and custom analysis for surname projects.
Roberta speaks and writes widely about DNA and
genealogy for local groups and national conferences.
Recently Roberta recorded 7 individual segments
about DNA and genealogy for cable television.
here to view.