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FxGS Virtual Fall FairFrom Spit to Success: DNA Testing for Genealogy

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Topics covered include types of DNA, companies that do DNA testing, shared matches and clustering and DNA in practice applied to genealogy.

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This will be a virtual event. A Zoom link and a link to presentation materials will be emailed to all registered participants close to but prior to the September 26 presentation date.

This event is open to members and non-members of the Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS).

FxGS Members must FIRST click on the blue promo code link in the upper left hand corner of the Tickets page, type in the promo code and then click on the Apply link before proceeding to receive a member discount.

The Fairfax Genealogical Society 2020 Fall Fair Event on using DNA as a tool in family history research will consist of three sessions. The schedule and description of lectures are as follows:

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. EDT - Session 1: Types of DNA & Their Practical Uses/The Big Five Testing Companies. This session will explain the types of DNA, including autosomal, Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA, and their uses in genealogy. We will then turn to the "big five" testing companies (AncestryDNA, 23 & Me, MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA and Living DNA), explaining what you should do when you get your test results, how to use the major features of the companies' web sites, and what third party tools might be useful.

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. EDT - Session 2: Shared Matches & Clustering. This session will focus on autosomal DNA (like AncestryDNA), and will explain how to use shared matches, triangulation and clustering to identify ancestors, answer genealogical questions, and break down brick walls. It will also touch on Ancestry's ThruLines.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT - Session 3: DNA in Practice: Using DNA to Break Down Brick Walls & Solve Genealogical Puzzles. This session will focus on how to look at your particular family tree (and your matches' trees) to solve genealogical puzzles. It will include examples of how to use place, ethnicity, or particular idiosyncrasies of your tree, along with DNA, to solve mysteries or answer questions.

About the Speaker:

The speaker is Janet Hall Werner, J.D., a professional genealogist, attorney, writer and current coordinator of the Fairfax Genealogical Society's Special Interest Group (SIG) on Genetic Genealogy. Janet is a graduate of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPITT) course in Advanced DNA Evidence and has over 20 years of experience in genealogical research.

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