Summer Workshop 2016: “Genes & Genealogy: Interpreting and Using DNA Test Results”

DNA strand graphicThe North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Wake County Genealogical Society (WCGS) will present Genes & Genealogy: Interpreting and Using DNA Test Results, on 13 August 2016 at the McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606. We hope you will join us for the full-day workshop (online registration | PDF registration form) featuring Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD.

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 9:00. The full-day workshop will include four lectures by Blaine Bettinger:

“Using Free Third-Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA.” Although DNA testing companies provide their own analysis of test results, there are free third-party tools that allow test-takers to learn even more about their genomic heritage, including admixture calculators and the identification of genetic cousins. Together we’ll explore some of these tools and learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff.
“Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries.” Even though our 18th and 19th century ancestors have been dead for decades, their DNA still survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to attack and potentially solve genealogical mysteries and brick walls for ancestors who were born or lived in the 1800s, 1700s, and beyond. Together we’ll also examine some of the ways that leaders in the field have attacked or solved their 18th and 19th century mysteries using autosomal DNA.
“DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard.” The GPS is a standard used by genealogists to develop and test a hypothesis by identifying and integrating multiple sources of information, particularly when there is no direct evidence or when there are conflicts in the information. Increasingly, DNA test results have become an essential component of many reasonably exhaustive searches. We’ll look at the use of DNA in the GPS as well as how genealogists have used DNA in recent publications.
Q & A. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance. Information on how and when to submit questions will be sent to participants after registration has been confirmed.

Download, print, and share the Genes & Genealogy: Interpreting and Using DNA Test Results flyer.

Refund Policy
Full refund if withdrawal precedes the early registration date of 3 August 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:
Blaine Bettinger photoBlaine Bettinger, PhD, JD, is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (http://thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers.
   Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogical Research (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees and graduated from ProGen Study Group 21 in 2015.