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DNA Tests and The Search For Your Cousins

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Saturday, February 01, 2020, 10:30am - 02:00pm

 DNA workshop shortened

To Register:

There are only 8 slots available, but the library will maintain a waiting list when all slots are filled. Please include an email address or phone number so that the library can confirm receipt of your registration and update you on its status. 

In addition to registering for an appointment, you will need to have taken a DNA test and know how to log into the company’s website to see your test results.  It would be helpful but not necessary to bring a laptop computer with you.

About the Event:

Millions of people have now taken home DNA tests, which means there are many more chances of finding genetic cousins. For those who are researching their family history, this means that there are more ways to expand the family tree.

Genealogists Wayne Blanchard and Jerry Carbone are teaming up to help family researchers use the data in their DNA tests to find out how they are related to the people with whom they match.  Wayne and Jerry will do one-on-one 30 minute consultations at the Brooks Memorial Library on Saturday, February 1, with appointments on the half hour from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm (snow date, February 15). All participants must register in advance; see registration information above. There are only 8 appointments available.

According to Carbone and Blanchard, DNA testing doesn’t replace traditional genealogy, "but it is another tool to be used along with other sources. For those who have taken a DNA test for genealogy, the results can be confusing and it is not always obvious how to use them." In this workshop, the genealogists will "go beyond the ethnicity estimate, and search through your best relative matches to expand your family tree."

During the sessions, Wayne and Jerry will work to help connect individuals' specific DNA results with traditional genealogy research, discussing how to search for common ancestors in the family trees of matches and how to contact matches to further family research. As genealogists, they affirm the importance of privacy in the research process. "We will attempt to help you discover and explain your DNA relationships to the best of our ability. We will respect your privacy and not divulge your results to anyone else without your written permission."

Location  Brooks Memorial Library mezzanine conference room
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