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The ABCs of DNA: An Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

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Debra Smith Renard - founder of Eureka! Genealogy


Debra Smith Renard, founder of Eureka! Genealogy, will be presenting:

The ABCs of DNA: An Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Saturday, June 9, 2018 | 10:00 am.

Debra is a full-time Genetic Genealogist with Legacy Tree Genealogists. She is co-leader of the Louisville, Kentucky, Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group, a board member of the Louisville Genealogical Society and is Secretary of the Kentucky Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She speaks at local, regional and national levels. She is especially passionate about helping those with unknown birth families find their roots.

Her program is an overview of the genetic tests available to build family histories. Topics include:

  • Basic DNA terminology and concepts
  • The kinds of DNA tests available for genealogical purposes
  • Inheritance patterns and limitations
  • What results look like

What is Genetic Genealogy?

Genetic genealogy is the use of DNA testing, along with the use of traditional genealogical and historical records. It can be used to infer the level and type of genetic relationship between individuals.

Learn more about Genetic Genealogy:

International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG)

7 Resources to Get You Started With Genetic Genealogy

Learn more about Genetics, DNA and Genealogy

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger
DNA : the story of the genetic revolution by James D. Watson, with Andrew Berry and Kevin Davies
Finding family : my search for roots and the secrets in my DNA by Richard Hill

Learn more about tracing your roots

It's all relative : adventures up and down the world's family tree by A.J. Jacobs
It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” by A.J. Jacobs

Traces the author’s three-year investigation into what constitutes family, describing how, after receiving an e-mail from a stranger who claimed to be a distant cousin, he embarked on an effort to build the biggest family tree in history.

Also available in Audiobook.

Finding Your Roots: The Official Companion to the PBS Series” by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Gates provides practical information for amateur genealogists just beginning archival research on their own families’ roots, and he details the advances in genetic research now available to the public.

Finding your roots : the official companion to the PBS series / Henry Louis Gates Jr. ; foreword by David Altshuler
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - season 4 of the PBS series on DVD

“Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”

The PBS series moves from Asia and Africa to Europe and the Americas, uniting us all through emotional moments that enrich and enlighten – encouraging us to look at our world through a wider, more inclusive lens.

Seasons: One | TwoThree | Four

Check out our previous post on Genealogy Research:

Getting Started With Genealogy Research