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Roberta Estes




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Genealogy ~ DNA ~ Archaeology


Roberta Estes has been a professional scientist and business owner in the information technology arena for 25+ years, (BS Computer Science, MBA, graduate work in Geographic Information Systems), as well as an obsessed genealogist since 1978.  In 2005, reflecting her interest and expertise in genetics for genealogy, she formed DNAeXplain, a company providing individual analysis of DNA results and genealogical assistance.  Please visit the web site at  


Roberta speaks publicly on the topic of DNA and genealogy and has been interviewed by the New York Times for multiple publications, appearing on Voice of America, National Public Radio, ABC News, TACC9-TV “Down East Today”, as well as in other national and international radio, television and news publications and conferences.  Recently, Roberta has launched the DNA search for the Roanoke Lost Colonists.


Roberta’s genealogy specialty is southern colonial records, focused primarily in Virginia, Tennessee and NC.  Minority records, reflecting her mixed heritage are of particular interest, specifically Native Americans, slaves, and other indentured individuals.  Her “colorful” family history has allowed Roberta to participate in every aspect of DNA testing for genealogy, revealing unexpected surprises.  It’s amazing to find the blood of European royalty, Slaves and Native Americans, all converged in an individual within the past few hundred years. 


Many of Roberta’s ancestors seem to have either disappeared into or appeared during the confusing Revolutionary War era on the new Western Frontier that would one day become Eastern Tennessee, an area more appropriately nicknamed “Scrabble State”.  Records are scarce to nonexistent, leaving DNA testing as the only viable avenue to recover one’s heritage, although she hasn’t given up hope completely for that family Bible listing on E-bay.


In 2000, thanks to FamilyTreeDNA, the infant scientific field of DNA for genealogy emerged, allowing DNA to be used to trace 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 for genealogy.  


Roberta manages over 20 surname projects and is the founder of the Lost Colony Yline and mitochondrial DNA research projects.  Her regional Cumberland Gap Yline and mitochondrial DNA projects have several hundred participants.  The Cumberland Gap mitochondrial project is the largest mitochondrial DNA project in the world and the yline is the second largest.  She also co-administers the American Indian project and serves in an advisory capacity for the Melungeon project and other groups. 


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