AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[MD] Genealogy Society Fall Seminar
MARYLAND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
DNA and Family History – Exploring the “Gene” in Genealogy
Comfort Inn and Conference Center
1 November 2008
8:30 am - 9:15 am Registration
9:15am - 9:30 am Welcome
Isabelle Obert, President, Maryland Genealogical Society
Druscilla Null, Vice President, Maryland Genealogical Society
9:30 am - 10:30 am DNA Testing: The Very, Very Basics
This talk explains the principles behind Y chromosome and Mitochondrial DNA tests for genealogy, how to interpret the results, and how they can be used for genealogy. Topics include what specific test to order, how to verify relationships between individuals with the same surname, and help verify that elusive female ancestor. This presentation is designed to address the needs of the very beginner in DNA technology.
Thomas H. Shawker, M.D.
11:00 am - 12:00 noon What DNA Can Show: Case Studies of Some Practical Applications to Genealogy
This presentation gives practical examples, using case studies, of how DNA test results can help solve genealogical problems not addressed by record evidence, and with cautions about the limits of what DNA can show.
Donn Devine, CG, CGL
12:00 noon - 1:15 pm Lunch (available for pre-registrants)
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Managing a Large Surname DNA Project and Some Interesting Results
This presentation will define what a surname DNA project is, how one is run, and some of the questions that a surname DNA project administrator can expect to encounter. Examples from the Clan MacLaren Surname DNA Project will illustrate how DNA testing can help in your genealogical research.
Robert D. McLaren
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Maximizing your Surname Project's Utility Online
When it comes to making the most of your genetic data and managing a group study, many tools are available online. This presentation will discuss these tools, from databases, forums, blogs, calculators, journals and societies, to the tools your testing company provides.
REGISTSTRATION for 2008 FALL SEMINAR