Patricia Hamilton has identified 28 ancestors who came to America before the 1776 American Revolution. With the expert help of two anthropologists, she has unlocked long buried secrets to her family’s past. By triangulating genetic data with archaeological and historical evidence, they have been able to reconstruct a portrait of Patricia’s heritage. These discoveries have given Patricia new insights into what she has inherited from these courageous, early American colonists and the generations that came before them. Through this innovative and collaborative research process, Patricia has become part of a bigger legacy than she ever anticipated, connecting her to the stories of her ancestors who came to America and beyond.
Drs. Alexis Bunten and Siamak Naficy
We search for meaning in our lives through personal memoir, family history, and now, DNA. But all the “facts” we uncover in our search for self have to be interpreted and put into a larger context. Alexis Bunten and Siamak Naficy are Ph.D. anthropologists who have partnered to offer interpretive services to help people to understand their lives, and their legacy, in relation to the past. Their research can offer you and your clients remarkable insights into who they are, where they came from, and why they made certain choices in life.
Unlock DNA Companies’ Clues
DNA companies can offer some clues to the past, but their services are not personalized enough to unlock the full meaning-making potential of DNA. Using the tools of anthropology, Dr’s Naficy and Bunten combine their research expertise to integrate genetic data within a cultural and historical context. This exiting new field of “narrative genetics” connects people to the stories of their inheritance, as recent as the generation before to their earliest ancestors. In addition to professionally researched ancestral legacy stories and reports, Dr’s Bunten and Naficy offer custom, “Ancestral Trail” tours so that clients can walk in the footsteps of their fore-bearers.
As a biological anthropologist, Siamak Naficy can translate the complex science of heritability, disentangle the relationship between genetics and environment, and reconstruct human origins. Socio-cultural anthropologist, Alexis Bunten, has worked in the heritage and tourism sectors for over twenty years, connecting people to their cultural legacy through research and interpretation. Dr’s Bunten and Naficy met in graduate school at UCLA, and after a decade of deliberation, decided to blend their DNA to bring their daughter, Aria into the world. They live in Monterey, California