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Mark your calendar for our next speaker this Saturday November 18, 2017 

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 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.

More Upcoming Speakers

Also, don't forget to mark your calendars for additional MGS speakers this season:

  • January 27, 2018 - National Archive Resources at NYC with Sara Davis
  • March 10, 2018 - NYPL Genealogical Resources with Susan Kriete
  • May 19, 2018 - Research Like a Pro: Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard with Marian Wood

In case you were wondering ...

MGS has sponsored many excellent genealogical speakers over the years, all free and open to the public. Here's a reminder of the presentations we've enjoyed since 2009, made possible by the financial support of members:
  • "Using Like a Pro".  October 2017.
  • "Free or Fee Genealogy".  May 2017.
  • "Irish Genealogy." March 2017.
  • "Finding Foreign Records from Home." January 2017.
  • "Planning a Future for your Family's Past." November 2016.
  • "Digitizing and Managing Your Photo Collection." October 2016.
  • "Acquiring Italian Records – Italian Genealogy." May 2016.
  • "Using Facebook for Genealogy." March 2016.
  • "Intermediate Genealogy." January 2016.
  • "Researching Your German Ancestors." November 2015.
  • "Historical Newspapers - Read about Your Ancestors." October 2015.
  • "Civil War Research." May 2015.
  • "Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Ancestor." March 2015.
  • "Discover Your Polish, Ukrainian, and Eastern European Ancestors."  November 2014.
  • "Googling for Genealogy."  October 2014.
  • A Tour of the Godfrey Memorial Library.  August 2014.
  • "Case Study: Searching for Persons of Color."  May 2014.
  • "Finding Elusive Females."  March 2014.
  • "Fire Up Your Research...The Digital Genealogist Is Here." January 2014.
  • "Difficult Case Studies." November 2013.
  • "Find Your Fabulous Ancestor." October 2013.
  • "Blogging Your Genealogy." May 2013.
  • "Cruising Long Island Sound: Tracing Its Early Families." March 2013.
  • "Military Records Research." January 2013.
  • "Probate Records." November 2012.
  • "Review of the 1940 Census and the Steve Morse Website to Research Difficult Cases."  October 2012.
  • "Family History for the Whole Family."   May 2012.
  • "Exploring the 1940 Census." March 2012.
  • "Letting the City Directories Work for You." January 2012.
  • "Sources for Irish Records." November 2011.
  • "Effectively Using in Researching Your Family." October 2011.
  • “Genetic Genealogy." May 2011.
  • "Beyond Names and Dates: Uncovering Your Ancestors' Stories."  March 2011.
  • "A Walk Through the New " January 2011.
  • "Research That Makes My Eyes Cross." November 2010.
  • "How to Test Your DNA and Why." October 2010.
  • The Story of DARIEN Connecticut. May 2010.
  • "Maximizing the Use of the Census." March 2010.
  • "Uncle Sam Wants You! - 20th Century Military Research." January 2010.
  • "Navigating Ship Manifests: Researching Immigration Records Like a Pro." November 2009.
  • "Getting the Most Out of Heritage Quest and Ancestry." October 2009.
  • "Crossing the Pond: Finding Your Immigrant Origins." May 2009.
  • "Effective Use of the Internet for Genealogy." March 2009.
  • "Getting Started in Genealogy." February 2009.

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