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Using the ‘Genes’ in Genealogy

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You’ve had your DNA tested and gotten the results back. Now how do you use that information to learn more about your family history, in particular individual ancestors? Professional genealogists Carol R. Whitmer and Diana Ross McCain will answer that question in their presentation “Using the ‘Genes’ in Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA Testing as a Tool for Family History Research” on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hagaman Memorial Library.

The presentation will discuss the major firms offering DNA testing for genealogical purposes, and the differences in what each tests for. Participants will learn how the tests identify dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of individuals with whom they share DNA, but do not automatically deliver family trees going back generations with ancestors neatly filled in. Whitmer and McCain will explain how an individual must compare the family tree he or she has compiled based on research in documents to the family trees of people with whom he or she shares DNA to determine how they are related and what relatives they have in common. That process opens the door to possible discovery of unknown ancestors.

This program is free and open to everyone. Please call Cynthia at 203-468-3891 to register. The East Haven Hagaman Memorial Library is located on 227 Main Street in East Haven, CT.

Extra evening and weekend parking for library events is available in the East Haven Town Hall parking lot across the street from the library and in the Stop and Shop lot behind the library accessible from Messina Drive.