Virtual genealogy talk to discuss using DNA to find ancestors


Genealogy enthusiasts are invited to meet professional genealogist Pamela Vittorio during a virtual Oneida County History Center talk at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5., to learn how DNA testing can be used to trace your roots

The virtual workshop will cover the major DNA testing sites, how they work, which tests to take, how to make sense of matches, vocabulary, and more lessons to help solve your genealogical mysteries.

Registration includes exclusive access to the workshop video and question-and-answer session with your instructor and peers. Register online through the OCHC Bookstore. Admissions are $15 for non-members and $12 for OCHC members. Members email to get your online discount code.

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Workshop Information: Watch the video lecture created by Vittorio on your own time using a private link provided after registration. Then join her for a Q&A session to answer any questions you might have at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 5.

Workshop Description: At some point, those researching their family history will often get stuck on one line or generation of the family tree where records aren’t available or are not easy to find. This is a good time to turn to DNA testing.

Once started on the genetic testing path, participants do need to be prepared for unexpected findings — NPE (non-parental events), even in earlier generations. Researchers also encounter new vocabulary associated with DNA testing.

The workshop will cover the major DNA testing sites and how they work, which tests to take, and how to make sense of matches. Students will also dive into some of the terms used, so that they will be better equipped to analyze results and get the most out of them. Participants will also discuss how to use charts to determine relationships with matches when those matches do not have trees, and look at a couple of examples on how genealogical problems can be solved.


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