About Me

Roberta Estes has been a professional scientist and business owner 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 www.dnaexplain.com

In 2009, DNAeXplain and Family Tree DNA teamed to jointly offer Personalized DNA Reports for customers.  http://www.dnaxplain.com/shop/features.aspx

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 DNA research projects.  Her regional Cumberland Gap Yline and mitochondrial DNA projects have several thousand participants.    She also co-administers several Native American and African DNA projects and serves in an advisory capacity for the Melungeon project and other groups. 

Roberta speaks and writes widely about DNA and genealogy, including the Native Heritage Project at www.nativeheritageproject.com.

109 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Yes, she did test at FTDNA, and since she also posted that she was desperate to break down one of her brick walls, you would think that she might have put her e-mail onto the site, but she didn’t. I have contacted FTDNA to see if they can get a message to her, but haven’t heard back. Just thought this might be a resource….thanks, m

  2. When I originally commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify
    me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a
    comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the same
    comment. Perhaps there is a means you can remove me from that service?
    Thank you!

    • All of the known Estes lines in the US descend from the Estes family of Kent, England, except for undocumented adoptions and such, of course. So, I would assume indeed that Phredonia Estes was one of the Kent line descendants.

  3. Hello I was wondering if you guys can help me out with what tribute I come from I’m adopted I just know my dad Indian Can you please help me thank you

  4. Hello, Roberta,
    I enjoy your blog posts very much. Until yesterday, I never was able to connect my 6th great grandmother, Rachel Estes (1762 – 1802) and her parents, Abraham Estes (abt 1729-1788) and Keziah Ferguson (1728-1787) to your line of Estes going back to Kent. I finally found the information I needed on David Powell’s website, which link you provided. Thank you! I now know I am descended from them through Abraham & Barbara’s son Elisha. Who is our MRCA?
    Marian

  5. Roberta, I just read your 2009 paper on Beechland and your analysis of Tyrrell County census information. I am trying to understand the relationship of my Armstrong line to 3 “free people of color” family surnames in Tyrrell County: Hill, Bryan and Rousom. My GGGgrandfather, William G. Armstrong;, his brother, Bennett; his cousin Jones D.; his father Holloway and Holloway’s widow, Charlotte — all, at one time or another, had members of those families living with them. Twice — in the case of Micajah Rousom and Jack Bryan– they were in apprentice relationships, but there is no explanation for the presence of others. My GG grandmother, Mary Ann Armstrong Parisher, appears to be mixed (interestingly, her father, William G. was a slaveholder) and I am wondering whether she was somehow related to those families. (her picture is at http://www.goingdownhome.blogspot.com). Any tips on how to research the relationship of these free people of color to the “white” households where they were documented by the 1850 and 1860 census?

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