Kristina Gow Clever, Professional Genealogist in Alabama and founder of Clever Genetic Ancestry
Kristina Gow Clever is a Professional Genealogist in Lillian, Alabama, and founder of Clever Genetic Ancestry. Her passion for genealogy began with letters from her mom, Sue Sisco, about her own family research. She interviewed her paternal grandparents in 1986 and discovered that each had lost a parent at a very young age. She used that initial information to trace her paternal ancestors to Scotland and Norway. In 2005, Kristina became the recipient of 30+ years of her mom’s research.
Kristina’s journey into DNA started in 2006 with Y-DNA and mtDNA testing and expanded to atDNA testing in 2012. While working full-time as an Administrative Assistance, she earned an AA in Liberal Arts from Mission College. She sought all available opportunities to learn more about DNA analysis and its benefits for enhancing family research. As her experience expanded, she began helping others who were searching for their biological roots. She currently manages nearly 50 kits for relatives encompassing all five major DNA testing companies (AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage, 23andMe and LivingDNA) and the GEDmatch database, in addition to kits for clients).
Kristina received the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research in 2018 and completed the DNA as Genealogical Evidence (Advanced) at Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in 2019. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society. Kristina also serves as Vice President of the West Florida Genealogical Society in Pensacola and as a board member of the Baldwin County Genealogical Society in Foley, Alabama. She is participating in the ProGen discussion group and preparing to apply for certification with the Board for Certification of Genealogists by 2020.
Clever Genetic Ancestry was founded by Kristina Gow Clever in 2017. Our services include assistance with complex family research projects. We help people seeking their biological parent(s) connect to their ancestors and living relatives. This is accomplished through focused research of available historical documents and public records, analysis of DNA test results, and correlation of evidence. In addition, we provide educational opportunities to learn about sources and tools to use for successful family research. We adhere to the Code of Ethics of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Ethics and Standards adopted by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. We also offer lectures and small focus groups to discuss best research practices and the use of DNA as genealogical evidence.