Like many others, I haven’t been able to attend every FGS conference. This will be my fourth time since 2004. I am excited to attend again in Fort Wayne and am making my research plan so I can accomplish as much as possible while at the fabulous Allen County Public Library. I’m also planning to attend next year in San Antonio in my native state of Texas.
I’ve been fascinated by DNA ever since tenth grade biology class. Since DNA testing for genealogy started in about 2000, test prices have been coming down. Now we can all afford to do it—we really can’t afford not to because we learn things from DNA we cannot learn any other way. The DNA test results are an important part of a reasonably exhaustive search. But the tests don’t contribute evidence unless you understand the results. You have to correlate the DNA and paper trail evidence.
Some of the best researchers have trouble getting their heads around DNA inheritance. My DNA presentations clearly explain how DNA is inherited including only as much biology as is necessary to understand the basics.
“Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent” includes an easy-to-understand explanation of this complex topic. DNA inheritance patterns are illustrated along with examples of how to correlate your genetic and paper trail evidence. This session focuses on the autosomal DNA that we inherit from all of our ancestors, not just the direct paternal and maternal lines.
I take the same approach to explaining how to use laws when analyzing genealogical evidence and how to plan and track research. I try to simplify these topics and demonstrate use to help all genealogists do more effective research and use legal and genetic information for genealogical purposes. I hope to see you all in Fort Wayne at one of these sessions:
- Thursday, 2:00 p.m., T-217, “Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent”
- Friday, 5:00 p.m., F-346, “Tips and Tools for Planning and Tracking Research”
- Saturday, 9:30 a.m., S-408, “Ours and Theirs: Tax and Land Laws”
My website has information on using DNA and other topics at http://debbiewayne.com/.
My blog, Deb’s Delvings, covers genetic genealogy, laws affecting family history, Texas history and
records, and technological topics with a slant toward the professional and advanced researcher at
CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks conferred by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® to associates who meet rigorous ethical and competency standards in accord with peer-reviewed evaluations every five years. http://www.bcgcertification.org/