This Saturday November 18 at the Darien Library. Join us at 1pm for informal hour, followed by our speaker Peter Biggins at 2pm.
"Understanding DNA in Genealogy"
This presentation seeks to explain the ways that your DNA or that of a relative, when compared with others, can help you in your genealogical research and expand your horizons.
Included will be information on types of DNA and tests: autosomal, mitochondrial, and Y chromosome. Various testing organizations will be discussed, including the types of tests they offer and importance of their databases. We will also discuss how to select a testing organization based on your objectives, and how you interact with the testing organization.
DNA is no substitute for genealogical research, but the presentation will show how it can be helpful:
- How DNA can confirm or deny your genealogical research.
- How it can be helpful to those who have adoptions in their histories.
- How it may be able to break down a brick wall.
- How it can identify distant cousins.
- How it can suggest ethnic make-up.
- How it can explain a surname.
- How it can give you your genetic pedigree back thousands of years.
- How it may allow you to connect a modern pedigree with an ancient pedigree.
Click here for PDF Handout.
Peter Biggins started tracing his and his wife's family histories after he retired as an employee benefits consultant at Hewitt Associates in 2002. In 2004, he took a course in Website Development at Norwalk Community College and started a website called PeterPioneers.com. In 2010, he made a presentation at the October MGS meeting in Darien on "How to Test Your DNA and Why." In 2011, he made a presentation at Family Tree DNA's 7th Annual International Conference on Genetic Genealogy in Houston, Texas. Peter administers seven projects at FTDNA, including one for MGS members to share DNA information with other members, help members understand their testing results, and suggest avenues for further testing. Peter is MGS President and Webmaster.