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.

102 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. I understand your desperation, but ethnicity data is way, way too speculative to even begin to determine parentage. You need to have your Y data tested and I’d suggest testing your DNA at 23andMe as well. They also have an international base.

    And I think I’d be searching for the band members, very discretely:)


  5. ”I understand your desperation, but ethnicity data is way, way too speculative to even begin to determine parentage. ”

    Yes I know that, but can’t it be used for extra proof considering my DNA-relatvies and the story combined..? I mean is it even possible in my case that my biological father is from an other country with most of my DNA relatvies being either Italian or Dutch/German and some people from Eastern Europe, not to forget my first match coming from Napoli.
    My phenotype is very southern also..Some people on forums thought I was half MENA or Lebanese. From what I know, it’s possible with the data I have to know for sure I’m not half Hungarian or Romanian for example. It would show in one of these calculators, and in the database from 23andme’s DNA-relatives. I had many people take a look at my data, and everybody said it showed that I was 100 % European with a very big chance that one part was Southern Italian due to my high west Asian and other components, combined with my paternal haplogroup , phenotype and DNA relatives.

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