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For the last several years, more and more genealogists have
shown an interest in learning how DNA could be used to confirm traditional
genealogical research. This is referred to as Genetic Genealogy. In response to
this need, I am proposing a new DNA Interest Group that would be regional in
nature and serve, not only Hamilton County, but the surrounding region. I have
contacted other DNA leaders in this region and have their support.
My vision is that we would present everyone with the
“basics” and move on as rapidly as possible to some of the more advanced
application topics. At the initial program,
the major companies that do DNA testing for genealogical purposes would be
discussed, as well as the types of available tests. Participants would be strongly
encouraged to purchase an autosomal test. Programs would be “stand-alone”
with members choosing those that would be of interest to them. Introductory programs
would consist of two parts: 1) an
introductory lecture, and 2) the opportunity to work with your own data with
the assistance of other participants.
Some of the proposed topics include:
1)Overview of companies and available tests
5)Understanding Ethnicity Estimates
1)Gedmatch 2)Genome Mate Pro 3)DNAgedcom 4)Don Worth’s Visualizing Your Autosomal DNA
Segment Analyzer 5)DNA Land
These are just suggestions. Topics and their order of
presentation are open for discussion.
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think
may be interested. Pam White (Butler Co.) Nan Harvey (Bloomington, IN) and I
(Hamilton Co.) are all attending the Advanced Genealogy Course to be held in
Pittsburgh at GRIP in July. I’m sure we’ll have more ideas after that. Thoughts?
Please email me, Kathy Reed, at email@example.com if you would like
to be on a mailing list for this Interest Group or have any questions.
Please feel free to distribute this to others you think
would be interested.