01 November 2019

Long Lost Family

While in England I had the chance to view part of two episodes of this ITV, Ancestry sponsored, programme.
The first was a special on the search for the remains of British soldiers killed during the First World War with no known graves. The programme follows the work of an elite all-female team at the Ministry of Defence known as the `War Detectives", whose job is to locate the final resting places of 500,000 service personnel who lost their lives during the conflict.
Although not clear it appears mitochondrial and Y-DNA are being used, but not autosomal DNA for which there is a much larger database. It could be these cases explored predated the more recent development of techniques for its recovery from degraded remains.

The second was on twins separated and meeting again.

Earlier episodes can be viewed on YouTube by searching for "Long Lost Family."

No comments: