DNA Special Interest Group

Purpose and Vision Statement

The Utah Genealogical Association DNA Special Interest Group seeks to provide genealogical information, sources and education through personal instruction and published media on family history topics while promoting high standards and ethical practices.

November: Autosomal DNA As Battering Ram for That Brick Wall

Presenter: Barbara Rae-Venter
Date and Time: Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5545993111098425858

Barbara Rae-VenterBarbara Rae-Venter, master genetic genealogist, uncovers the method behind the Lisa Jensen’s path to the discovery of her biological parents. Barbara Rae-Venter J.D., PhD. contributes to the genealogical community as a search angel (helping adoptees find their families), and teaches classes for DNAadoption.com, gives classes for conferences, and administers a DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA to help her solve her own research struggles, yet also finds times to work as a consultant.

December: End-of-Year Planning Meeting

Presenter: Stephanie Saylor
Date and Time: Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Registration: This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA for access to past and members-only meetings.

Stephanie SaylorLet us know what you would like to see next year and talk directly to the volunteers that organize the UGA DNA Special Interest Group.

January: Phasing of Autosomal DNA

Presenter: David Pike
Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5284539141618203138

David PikeEach of our parents gave us half of their autosomal DNA. Our parents are more than just a part of our memories. David Pike, a professor of mathematics current FHSNL (Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador) Board Member and Past President, discussed how to phase your DNA and what you can do with it in his presentation “Phasing of Autosomal DNA.”

Please share this url with your friends and collegues who might be interested in attending: https://ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=378.


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The “UGA - DNA Special Interest Group” Facebook Group is here. The Facebook group is open to UGA members and non-members alike.

  • Gives regular updates on upcoming presentations and presenters and give a sneak peek at the handouts before the presentation!
  • Will soon have links to several great resources, tools, and blogs to help you further your genetic genealogy.
  • Provides the DNA Special Interest group a place to share information, resources and ask each other questions.

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