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2018 Spring Workshop: Advancing Your Research with DNA

March 10, 2018 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EST

$55.00 – $65.00


SOLD OUT!  What could be better than advancing your genealogy skills and enjoying a spring weekend near the beach at the same time? Join us for the NCGS Spring Workshop in Wilmington, North Carolina, on 10 March 2018, and discover ways to apply DNA to your genealogy.

Spend your free time that day, or make plans to stay another day, and enjoy some of the attractions the Wilmington area has to offer. The website, http://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com, has information to help you plan the weekend. Hope to see you at the workshop!


Saturday, 10 March 2018
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration: 9:00-9:30 a.m.

 This event is now Sold Out.

Entry on the wait list previously set up has been discontinued due to its growing length. If you had previously submitted your name to the wait list, you will contacted if an opening comes up.

$45 for NCGS members | $55 for non-members
An optional buffet lunch is available for $10

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The workshop will be held at the New Hanover Room of the New Hanover Public Library
201 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28403

The workshop is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Genealogical Society and the Old New Hanover Genealogical Society, in conjunction with the New Hanover Public Library.

The Day’s Schedule

9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 10:30 A Roadmap to Solving Genealogical Problems with Autosomal DNA (Part 1)

Tools abound to aid the genetic genealogist in problem solving. These two morning sessions begin with an overview of foundational principles in understanding autosomal DNA inheritance. Then the use of both DNA-company and third-party tools demonstrates logical processes to identify and confirm ancestors. These sessions focus on different methods and sequences in using DNA with documentary evidence.

10:30 – 11:00 Break and vendors
11:00 – 12:00 A Roadmap to Solving Genealogical Problems with Autosomal DNA (Part 2)
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (Preorder the optional buffet lunch catered by Jackson’s Barbecue or have lunch on your own at a local restaurant)

Optional Presentation : Introduction to Research in the North Carolina Room

During the lunch break you may join library staff for an orientation to researching the archives and collection of the North Carolina Room. Also, learn about valuable resources for searching for family in southeast North Carolina. This presentation will be held in the North Carolina Room at 12:30 p.m.

1:30 – 2:30 Better Together: Making Your Case with Documents and DNA

The genealogical proof standard requires reasonably exhaustive research in solving ancestral-identity problems. DNA evidence is now often part of that research. Even the best DNA evidence must be combined with some traditional research. This session will show different ways that genealogical problems have been solved by integrating DNA evidence with the paper trail.

2:30 – 3:00 Break and vendors
3:00 – 4:00 Evaluating Conflicting Evidence

Have you ever wondered how or if you’ll ever determine the “right” answer to your genealogical question? Evidence evaluation requires understanding the records and how they were created as well as correlating the evidence. This session presents an overview of the evidence-evaluation process using example case studies.

Speaker: Patti Hobbs

Patti Hobbs photo
Patti Hobbs

Patti Hobbs, CG®, works as a part-time professional genealogist as well as occasionally in the Local History & Genealogy department at the Springfield-Greene County Library in Springfield, Missouri. Patti instructs on the use and analysis of DNA testing and how it complements traditional research in original records. She volunteers as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and as a BCG Education Fund trustee.

Patti teaches in the Practical Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and is the course coordinator for the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research Institute (IGHR) course “Genetics for Genealogists: Beginning DNA” at Athens, Georgia. Her article, “DNA Identifies a Father for Rachel Lee of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania,” was published in the March 2017 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

Patti is passionate about genealogical education and helping others understand the joys of seeking original records and learning more about their ancestors.

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express Leland-Wilmington Area
1020 Grandiflora Drive, Leland, NC 28541
(910) 383-3300

Hilton Wilmington Riverside
301 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 763-5900

General Information

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. We cannot accept walk-ins.

Refund policy: Full refund if request is received on or before 28 February 2018. A refund of the registration fee less $20 will be given for requests received between 28 February 2018 and 9 March 2018. No refunds for requests received the day of the workshop or later.

Any changes, including those due to inclement weather conditions, will be posted on the NCGS website.

Download the 2018 NCGS Spring Workshop flyer.

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March 10, 2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm EST
$55.00 – $65.00
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New Hanover Public Library
201 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28403 United States
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