It's in the Genes: Leveraging DNA in Your Family History Research

It's in the Genes: Leveraging DNA in Your Family History Research
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NEHGS is Coming to Arizona!
Saturday, May 18, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Presented by Genealogists Christopher C. Child and Pam Holland
The Heard Museum, 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cost: $125, includes five lectures, breakfast, lunch, access to museum galleries, and wine reception.

Advances in DNA research over the last decades have had huge implications for the field of genealogy. Yet, with the growing number of companies and options, it can be difficult to know which test is best for you and for your genealogical goals. New England Historic Genealogical Society provides online tools, publishes DNA case studies, offers one-on-one assistance, and leads education programs to help individuals interpret their results and to advance their family history discoveries. Whether you’re completely new to DNA testing or you have already taken a DNA test—or two or three—this full-day seminar will provide you with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to interpret your results, make important genealogical connections, and take your family history research to the next level.

Optional Opening Night Dinner:

Friday, May 17 • 5:30 PM. Held at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. Register here.


9:00 am Check-in, refreshments
9:30 am Opening Remarks
9:45 am DNA Basics and the Big Four, Pam Holland
10:45 am Interpreting Results: Best Practices, Christopher C. Child
11:45 pm Lunch (provided)
12:45 pm Understanding Unexpected Results, Christopher C. Child
1:45 pm Getting the Most from Online DNA Tools, Pam Holland
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Testing Your Knowledge: DNA Case Studies, Christopher C. Child
4:00 pm Door Prize winners announced/conclude
4:00-5:00 pm Reception, Museum galleries open (included with program)

About our Speakers:

Christopher C. Child, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press; Editor, Mayflower Descendant, has worked for various departments at NEHGS since 1997 and became a full-time employee in July 2003. He has been a member of NEHGS since the age of eleven. He has written several articles in American Ancestors, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and The Mayflower Descendant. He is the co-editor of The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton (NEHGS, 2011), co-author of The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts (Newbury Street Press, 2011) and Ancestors and Descendants of George Rufus and Alice Nelson Pratt (Newbury Street Press, 2013), and author of The Nelson Family of Rowley, Massachusetts (Newbury Street Press, 2014). Chris holds a B.A. in history from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Pam Guye Holland, Researcher, has researched family history for over 15 years and is a certificate holder from the Boston University Genealogical Research program. She serves on the board of the New England chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG) and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA). She lectures nationally and regularly attends the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Her specialties are Irish and Genetic Genealogy, as well as research in New England, New York (both city and state), Germany, and Social History.