Beginning DNA For Genealogy Seminar Set For Saturday

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A “Beginning DNA for Genealogy” seminar will be held at the Northgate Library this Saturday from 10  a. m.-noon.  Donna White-Dropkin, a professional genealogist with more than 20 years’ experience will present a workshop on using your DNA in genealogy research. 

She will cover: why do DNA testing, types of DNA testing, companies for DNA testing, interpreting results and next steps.

Dr. White-Dropkin first saw the possibilities of DNA in 2007 by recruiting a male cousin for a Y-DNA surname study.   She has studied genealogy at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Birmingham, Al. and Athens, Ga., and at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Her most recent coursework in January 2018 was "Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA."

A participant in Pro Gen 34, an online study group for professional genealogists, she is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She manages DNA tests at all the major DNA genealogy testing sites and is still trying to find two "pesky great-great-grandparents."




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