Friday, October 26, 2012

DNA Testing for Genealogists

We hope you can join us for the following free webinars, part of the ongoing APG Professional Development webinar series sponsored by the Association of Professional Genealogists. Please feel free to share this invitation on relevant mailing lists, with your local society, or with anyone else who might have an interest.

Please note, this post has been updated to reflect a change in time for the first webinar. DNA Explained has been rescheduled for Tuesday 27 November 2012 due to the pending widespread impact of Hurricane Sandy.

(1) DNA Explained: An Intro to DNA for Genealogists
RESCHEDULED FOR: Tuesday, 27 November 2012 — 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Presented by Roberta Estes

Join us to learn how DNA can be used for genealogical research. You’ll learn about how DNA testing works for both males and females, including an introduction to Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA.  We’ll make science understandable, and by the end of this lecture, you’ll be putting together your own genealogical DNA test plan. Have a pedigree chart handy for quick reference.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

(2) Yikes, My DNA Results are Back! Now What???
Thursday, 29 November 2012 — 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Presented by Roberta Estes

Have results but aren’t sure what to do with them? This webinar will walk you through how to interpret your results and get the most out them. This presentation covers both Y-line and mitochondrial DNA. Autosomal DNA results will also be discussed in a future webinar.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

System Requirements:

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees:
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

iPhone, iPod/Pad, Android attendees:
Required: GoToMeeting/GoToWebinar app

About the Presenter: 

Roberta Estes has been a professional scientist and business owner in the information technology arena for 25+ years, (BS Computer Science, MBA, graduate work in Geographic Information Systems), as well as an obsessed genealogist since 1978.

Roberta speaks publicly on the topic of DNA and genealogy and has been interviewed by the New York Times for multiple publications, appearing on Voice of America, National Public Radio, ABC News,  as well as in other national and international radio, television and news publications and conferences.  

Roberta’s genealogy specialty is southern colonial records, focused primarily in Virginia, Tennessee and NC.  Minority records, reflecting her mixed heritage are of particular interest, specifically Native Americans, slaves, and other indentured individuals.  Her “colorful” family history has allowed Roberta to participate in every aspect of DNA testing for genealogy, revealing unexpected surprises.  

Roberta manages over 20 surname projects and is the founder of the Lost Colony DNA research projects.  Her regional Cumberland Gap Y-line and mitochondrial DNA projects have several thousand participants and are the largest projects of their type in the word.  She also co-administers the American Indian project and serves in an advisory capacity for the Melungeon project and other groups.  

You can find Roberta blogging online at and
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