Monthly Meeting – Feb 4, 2016: “DNA as a Genealogy Research Tool”, by Barbara Rae-Venter

One of the most powerful tools available for your family history research is your DNA. Stored in your DNA is a great deal of information about who you are and where you came from. You can begin the process of mining the information in your DNA simply by sending a sample of your DNA, in the form of a check swab or spit, to a genomics testing company.

This session by Barbara Rae-Venter, the leader of our DNA Sig, should be very helpful if you are interested in DNA testing. Come armed with your questions!

In deciding to do DNA testing, what is your goal? Do you have a brick wall in your traditional research? Do you want to discover your ethnic origins? Are you trying to prove American Indian ancestry? Maybe you are interested in finding relatives because ancestral family members were separated during wartime or a family feud and you would like to locate any descendants. Is there adoption in your family that you want to resolve? Or are you just curious to find out more about yourself?

Three DNA tests are available: autosomal DNA (chromosomes 1-22), mitochondrial DNA, and Y-DNA. Barbara will discuss each of these tests to see which will be most useful based on your research goals.

In the process of DNA testing, several hundred “genetic cousins”, may be identified by the testing companies. Barbara will also discuss some of the tools available for sorting out how these genetic cousins may be related to you.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.


“If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are, a different game you should play.” – Yoda


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