Friday Afternoon Sessions
1:30 - 4:30 Lectures
Fundamentals of Genetic Genealogy
Presented by Ray Jones, PhD.
We will explore the difference between a genealogical family tree and a genetic family tree, and have a brief overview of the three main types of tests used in genetic genealogy (Y-DNA, mt-DNA and autosomal DNA). We will then take a deeper dive into how we can apply autosomal DNA results to our family history research by focusing on the inheritance pattern going back five to seven generations. Blaine Bettinger’s Shared cM project chart is a powerful tool that we can use to apply our results to our family trees.
Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry
Presented by Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
Y-DNA and mtDNA testing are the workhorses of genetic genealogy, and have helped genealogists break through thousands of stubborn brick walls. Learn about the unique inheritance of Y-DNA and mtDNA in your family, how these tests can be used to explore your ancient ancestry, and how the results can identify your relatives both close and distant.