Spring Workshop 2016: “Genes & Genealogy: DNA Testing Basics”

The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (DOGS) will present Genes & Genealogy: DNA Testing Basics, on 21 May 2016 at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church Friends and Family Hall, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. We hope you will join us for the full-day workshop (online registration | PDF registration form) featuring Patti Hobbs, CG.

A limited number of King and Double rooms have been reserved at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Durham-Chapel Hill, 4414 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC 27707 for Friday and Saturday night, 20-21 May 2016. Rooms must be booked by 29 April 2016. To get the special rate, call the hotel directly at 919-401-9660 or call the Group Desk at 800-642-4239 and ask for the North Carolina Genealogical Society rate.

Space is limited. Please register early.  

(Image source: “Silver DNA icon” by jhnri4, licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal, Public Domain, via openclipart.org)

Registration will begin at 8:30. The full-day workshop will include four lectures by Patti Hobbs:

“DNA Testing: Beginning Steps” – Understanding and using DNA testing can be a confusing process. This session will focus on the basics: What is DNA? What are the limitations and benefits of testing? What are the differences in the testing companies? What do I do with the results?
“Y-DNA and Mitochondrial DNA: Particular Tests for Particular Purposes” – Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA are passed down from generation to generation in unique inheritance patterns. Learn what the test results mean and how you can put them to work to identify ancestors.
“Autosomal DNA: Testing for All Genealogical Lines” – Unlike Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA, autosomal DNA is inherited from all genealogical lines. Because of the complexities of inheritance, autosomal DNA test results can be the most challenging to manage. This session will explain the complex inheritance patterns and the limitations and benefits that complexity explains. A more in-depth look at autosomal test results follows.
“Autosomal DNA: Analyzing Your Results” – You’ve got your test results; now what do you do them? This session will instruct on analyzing your autosomal DNA test results and how DNA testing complements traditional research through case studies.
During lunch, participants will have the option of attending demonstrations of the DNA-related tools available on the websites of the following testing companies: Ancestry.com, 23 and Me, and Family Tree DNA.

Download, print, and share the Genes & Genealogy: DNA Testing Basics flyer.

Refund Policy
Full refund if withdrawal precedes the early registration date of 11 May 2016; between then and the workshop day a prorated refund may be made; no refund may be made if withdrawal is on the day of the workshop.

Any changes, including those due to inclement weather conditions, will be posted on the NCGS website: http://www.ncgenealogy.org.

For more information on the workshop, send an e-mail to the NCGS Administrator at info@ncgenealogy.org.

To register, use the online registration form or download and print the PDF registration form and mail it with your payment.

Our Speaker:
Patti Hobbs photoPatti Hobbs is a Certified Genealogist® with a BA in biology. She works at the Springfield-Greene County Library in Springfield, Missouri, and as a part-time professional genealogist. Patti instructs on the use and analysis of DNA testing and how it complements traditional research in original records. Patti has presented numerous workshops locally and regionally and has been a co-instructor in the week-long Practical Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).