From DNA to Genetic Genealogy - with Steve Morse
Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)
Steve Morse is back at CGS to give two lectures on DNA!
Genealogy Beyond the Y Chromosome: Autosomes Exposed
Classical genetic genealogy deals with the Y chromosome and the mitochondrial DNA. The Y chromosome test is for males only and traces the direct male lineage. The mitochondrial DNA test is for everybody and traces the direct female lineage.
Recent advances in genetic genealogy make it possible to trace all lineages by testing the autosomes. Although the autosomes can be used to find ethnic mixes as well as recent cousins, it has some limitations.
From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
The study of genetics that started with Gregor Mendel's pea experiments in 1865 has now entered the genealogy field with Megan Smolenyak's coining of the term "genetealogy" in 2000. To understand the genealogical aspects requires an understanding of some of the basic concepts.
This talk introduces genes, chromosomes, and DNA, and goes on to show how DNA is inherited. That knowledge of inheritance can be used for finding relatives you didn't know you had, learning about your very distant ancestors and the route they traveled, and determining if you are a Jewish high priest (Kohan). Examples presented include Genghis Khan's legacy, the Thomas Jefferson affair, and the Anastasia mystery.
Class size is limited to 30 attendees. Pre-registration is required.
CGS members are admitted for free. Non-members fee is $20.00* and can be applied towards a CGS membership the day of the class.
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Whether you have Gold Rush ancestors or have no family connection to California, you will find extensive support for your genealogy research at the California Genealogical Society (CGS) in Oakland. The society offers research services, online indexes and databases, and a research library housing over 38,000 reference materials from California, the United States, and around the world. CGS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The library is conveniently located in Uptown Oakland at 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, three blocks from BART.
Phone: (510) 663-1358
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