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.

Obtaining and Using mtDNA and Y-DNA Evidence

Presenter: Blaine Bettinger
Date and Time: Tuesday, 21 August 2018, 7 to 8pm MT
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/602186413771448578

Blaine Bettinger Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., has been a genealogist for more than 25 years, and took his first DNA test in 2003. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. Y-DNA and mtDNA are two DNA tests that could possible clarify your research questions. “Obtaining and Using mtDNA and Y-DNA Evidence” is a straightforward presentation explaining the use of these DNA tests and how you can use them in your genealogical research followed by a question and Answer session with Blaine Bettinger.

Introduction to Genetic Networks

Presenter: Paul Woodbury
Date and Time: Tuesday, 18 Sep 2018
Registration: This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA for access to past and members-only meetings.

Paul Woodbury You have your DNA test results, but how do you interpret them? How do you use them in the resolution of your research questions? In “Introduction to Genetic Networks,” Paul Woodbury discusses efficient and effective organization of your DNA test results through network analysis. Reviews of elements and examples of networks will be followed by a live demonstration of network construction.

DNA Testing for Beginners

Presenter: Eric Wells
Date and Time: Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018
Registration: This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA for access to past and members-only meetings.

Eric Wells takes you on a tour of the very basics of what you need to know in ”DNA testing for Beginners.” He will discuss DNA testing companies, what you can expect to see when you get your results, what kinds of DNA tests are available, and outline places you can look to find more information when you are ready to learn more.

Using DNA For Irish Ancestry And Irish Adoptees

Presenter: Maurice Gleeson
Date and Time: Tuesday, 20 Nov 2018
Registration: TBA.

Maurice Gleeson was born in Dublin where he trained as a medical doctor. He is currently a psychiatrist, a pharmaceutical physician, a part-time actor and a genetic genealogist as well as an international speaker on genetic genealogy. He is passionate about helping adoptees and unknown soldiers who have died without being reunited with their families and will be speaking on using Irish records along with DNA to find your Irish ancestry (close or distant).

UGA DNA Special Interest Group End of Year Planning Meeting

Presenter: Stephanie Saylor
Date and Time: Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018
This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA for access to past and members-only meetings.

Stephanie Saylor Our annual UGA DNA Special Interest Group End of Year Meeting is a time that the volunteers and UGA membership get together to discuss what has been accomplished, what we hope to accomplish, and the people who helped us achieve so much! All UGA members will have an opportunity to give and voice their opinions as we discuss topics affecting the group’s activity for the upcoming year including our budget, advertising, presenters contacted, and future plans. Please join us so we can all work together to improve our DNA Special Interest Group.

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  • 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.
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