October 2021

Find Those Long-Lost Cousins: Descendent Tracing

Genealogy research no longer simply consists of following your deceased ancestors back in time from generation to generation. Many family historians are now interested in tracing family lines up to the present day in an effort to locate living relatives, often for DNA testing. What happened to that cousin you vaguely remember as a child? Did your great-grandfather’s sister ever have any children or grandchildren who you could target for DNA testing? Learn research techniques specific to tracing downward in family trees to the present day.

is a Certified Genealogist® specializing in genealogical research, lecturing, writing, editing and publishing. She has expertise in researching families with origins in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, England and Poland. Melissa has extensively researched the families of many of New Jersey’s first settlers, including those from Newark and Elizabeth(town). She is an expert in New Jersey genealogy research, and frequently teaches on NJ genealogy topics through the New Jersey Family History Institute. She is also proficient in using DNA test results to break through ancestral brick walls and assist adoptees and others with unknown parentage.
Melissa Johnson, CG

Melissa Johnson