18 September 2007

Genes in Genealogy: St. Louis, Oct. 13

The St. Louis (Missouri) Genealogical Society will host a one-day event, "Putting the Genes in Genealogy," from 8.30am-3.45pm on Saturday, October 13. The featured speaker is Bennett Greenspan, founder and CEO of Family Tree DNA.

Click here for registration and and other details. The StLGS website also has a page on DNA.

The The St. Louis Genealogical Society is the largest local genealogical society in the US and is staffed by volunteers. Among its resources is a 20,000 research library.

The StLGS includes the Jewish Special Interest Group (J-SIG), which began in June 2005 as a revival of the Jewish Genealogical Society of St. Louis, formerly associated with United Hebrew Congregation. For more information, click here.

The genetics day will address the following questions: What is DNA? Why is it important in genealogy? What are those strange diseases our ancestors died from? How do I write a medical family history?

Sessions include:

DNA 101: In layman's terms, learn to understand the basics of this valuable new resource. What is DNA? How is it used for genealogy?

What Did They Die From?: Ancestors' strange illnesses and stranger "curing" methods. Family medical histories are easier to develop when you know what your relatives died from.

DNA 201: More detail on DNA testing: how testing works, what the numbers mean and how the tests can help your family.

Documenting Medical Family History: How to research causes of death and turn data into a medical family history.

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