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Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

  • Anesthesiologists (ASA) Conference Center 1061 American Ln Schaumburg, IL, 60173 United States (map)

A Beginner’s Guide to Genetic Genealogy

In this back to basics lecture we will cover the three main kinds of DNA testing for genealogy: mtDNA, YDNA and autosomal DNA.  We will cover the strengths and weaknesses of each, we will talk about who should be tested, and with which company. If you are new to genetic genealogy, this is the lecture for you.  If you are thinking of giving up on genetic genealogy, thinking that you will never understand it- TRY THIS FIRST! I think you will find out you can understand more than you think you can, and start putting it to use in your genealogy. 

Organizing Your GENETIC Genealogy

Perhaps you have tested the genetic genealogy waters and have now found that you are drowning in data and new genetic cousins.  With autosomal DNA it is especially tricky to stay afloat as most people have hundreds of matches. This lecture will cover a few methods you can start using today to help you organize your genetic genealogy research.

DNA Testing and Your Ethnic Origins

Can I find out if I have Native American or African heritage by taking a DNA test?  Why does my test say I have an ancestral origin that is not present in my pedigree chart? Come get some answers!

What now? Your Next Steps With Autosomal DNA Testing

So you have had your autosomal DNA tested- now what?! Come learn in 45 minutes what would take you hours to read about online, and leave armed with enough information to start making your DNA work for you.