Monday, January 30, 2017

MnGS Webinar -- Partly Sunny: Making Sense of DNA Matches


Partly Sunny: Making Sense of DNA Matches

  • Date:  Wednesday, February 1, 2017
  • Time:  7:00 PM Central

  • J.H. "Jay" Fonkert, CG
  • Description: Some genealogists scour DNA results for possible cousins; others use DNA to test hypotheses about relationships of living people. In either case, they depend on testing companies' criteria for identifying matches and on their predictions of relationships. These predictions are a bit like weather forecasts--they are estimates. Learn why these estimates, or predictions, are sometimes overly optimistic and sometimes overly pessimistic. Learn about how random mutations affect analysis of Y-DNA data and why recombination of autosomal chromosomes require predicted relationships to be expressed in ranges.

  • Presenter: Jay Fonkert specializes in 19th-Century American genealogy, but also wanders into English, Scandinavian, Dutch, and German research. He has lectured at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and at major conferences around the country, and has published articles in numerous journals and magazines.

Cost: Free!

To register:

Please note:
Registering does not guarantee entrance to the webinar, in which space may be limited. Arrive early. 

A recording of this webinar will be posted in the members-only section of the MnGS website. 

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