DNA Day: Everything you need to know about genetic testing for genealogy
American Ancestors in partnership with AncestryDNA
DNA tests can break down genealogical brick walls, connect distant cousins, unlock mysteries, and even reveal long kept family secrets. But accurately deciphering results is not without its challenges. Join experts from American Ancestors and AncestryDNA for a full-day seminar on how to interpret DNA findings and apply that knowledge to your own family history research! Special guest Bill Griffeth, co-anchor of Closing Bell on CNBC and author of the new book The Stranger in My Genes will discuss how his own genetic findings altered his sense of identity and his family tree.
Beyond lectures you will have the opportunity to chat with genealogists and DNA experts, enter to win door prizes, browse select publications, purchase a DNA kit from AncestryDNA, take advantage of special discounts, and enjoy meeting other family historians. Bill Griffeth will be available to sign copies of The Stranger in My Genes.
9:00 Registration and check-in opens
9:30 Opening remarks
9:40 Keynote address: Bill Griffeth
10:15 Lecture: The Possibilities of Genetic Testing, Christopher C. Child (NEHGS)
11:15 Lecture: DNA Testing: From Start to Finish, Anna Swayne (AncestryDNA)
12:15 Lunch; separate registration for lunch with Bill Griffeth
1:30 Lecture: Using Genetic Evidence in your Family Tree, Anna Swayne (AncestryDNA)
2:30 Break; Book signing for The Stranger in My Genes
3:00 Lecture: Sharing Your Results, Christopher C. Child (NEHGS)
4:00 Prize drawing
Bill Griffeth, author of The Stranger in My Genes, is one of the country's longest serving and most respected financial journalists on TV. He began covering Wall Street in 1981 on the Financial News Network (FNN). In 1991 he joined CNBC where he has anchored a number of programs, most recently Closing Bell from the New York Stock Exchange. Since 2003, his hobby has been genealogy, and he has traveled tens of thousands of miles in the U.S. and Europe researching his and his wife's family histories. He currently serves as a Trustee of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston.
Christopher C. Child, Senior Researcher of Newbury Street Press at New England Historic Genealogical Society, is the editor of the Genetics and Genealogy column in American Ancestors magazine and editor ofThe Mayflower Descendant. He has written several articles for a number of scholarly journals and is the co-editor of The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton, co-author of The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and author of The Nelson Family of Rowley, Massachusetts. His areas of expertise include southern New England, especially Connecticut; New York; ancestry of notable figures, especially presidents; genetics and genealogy; African-American and Native-American genealogy, 19th and 20th Century research, westward migrations out of New England, and applying to hereditary societies.
Anna Swayne of AncestryDNA has ten years of experience in the DNA Genealogy world. Her focus is educating on the power of DNA and the story it can unlock for each of us. She enjoys teaching beginner and intermediate classes at national and local conferences on DNA and how it can answer ancestral questions or assist with genealogical roadblocks.
Refund policy: Please note that we are unable to issue refunds for this event.