Join the Genealogy Revolution.
Search for your surname in the largest DNA database of its kind!

My Surname

Banner - Family Tree Maker 2008

Domain Name Registration at 120x60

AfriGeneas States Research Forum

[MD] Genealogy Society Fall Seminar



DNA and Family History – Exploring the “Gene” in Genealogy

Comfort Inn and Conference Center
Bowie, Maryland
For Directions - Click here

1 November 2008
8:30 AM - 4 PM


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.

Alastair Greenshields


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
Copyright © 2002-2008 by AfriGeneas. All rights reserved.
AfriGeneas ~ African Ancestored Genealogy