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September 2018 Program: “Cracking the Code: DNA Testing Myths & Reality.”

Posted by hrgenealogy on July 15, 2018

What’s all this fuss about DNA testing for genealogy? How do you get started? What company should you test with? How much will it cost? To get the answers to these and other questions, join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the James H. LaRue Library in Highlands Ranch, Colorado for a presentation of “Cracking the Code: DNA Testing Myths & Reality,” by Greg Liverman, PhD.

DNA ImageIn his presentation, Doctor Liverman will describe how DNA testing is useful to genealogists, how results are interpreted, the limits to what genetic genealogy can realistically do for the average researcher, the science and terminology of DNA testing, which companies perform tests, and which tests are useful to genealogists. He will use actual case studies to illustrate the potential benefits and limitations of DNA testing in genealogy.

Doctor Liverman began tracing his family history in the 1990’s with an old Macintosh computer and a copy of Family Tree Maker. After forty years working as a journalist, scientist and business manager, he has become adept at using online resources for both domestic and foreign research. Using these tools, he has researched his family history “on the ground” in libraries, cemeteries and records offices in seven states to successfully break down many “brick walls”. He added genetic genealogy or DNA testing to his brick wall demolition toolkit in 2013, and since then has immersed himself in the details of DNA tests and evaluation methods. Recently, he launched Pinewood Genealogy to help people with their genealogy research and genetic genealogy analysis.

Show up early at 6:30 p.m. to network with fellow genealogists. Share your discoveries – and problems. You never know who might have the solution to your most challenging “brick walls.”

See you in September!

 

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HRGS March 2017 Program: Collecting Family Stories

Posted by hrgenealogy on February 16, 2017

How does the work of a personal historian relate to that of a genealogist? Facts and dates are not the most interesting result of our research—it is the stories about our ancestors that really draw us in. Join us at the Highlands Ranch Library at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2017 for “Collecting Family Stories” by Mary Beth Lagerborg, and learn how to unearth those tales that will give color to your family history.

family-storiesMary Beth will address how a personal historian builds upon the bare bones provided by genealogy, adding stories, usually through interviews – the flesh and blood of our heritage. She will share the complexities and joys of discovering memorable stories, as well as tips for conducting a good interview. Mary Beth sits on the board of directors of the Association of Personal Historians. Read more about her and her business, Retelling: Creating Legacy Through Your Story, at her website, www.Retelling.net.

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the key to your most vexing research problems.

Winter is not yet over, so if snow is in the forecast the day of the meeting, check this website for updates prior to venturing out. And remember: stay safe.

See you on March 7!

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Posted by hrgenealogy on January 8, 2017

The Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society January program was extremely topical: DNA testing in genealogy research, presented by Deena Coutant. To show how topical that subject is, we had the biggest turnout in our history—and no one went away disappointed. In February, we’ll build on that with a yDNA Case Study by HRGS member Cliff Butler. Join us for what will be another great presentation at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2016 in the upstairs Quiet Reading Room at the James H. LaRue / Highlands Ranch Library.

Cliff will describe his experience with having his yDNA analyzed as part of his paternal ancestry research. The result: over fourteen individuals were identified who match his DNA, and he successfully placed six of them into his family tree. He has not been able to find a Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) for the remaining eight individuals—yet. In his presentation, Cliff will explain the procedures, efforts, and results he and his cousin used to establish lineage, and how new results of the testing may enable him to add more individuals to his family tree.

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have the key to your most vexing research problems.

Because our December meeting was cancelled for inclement weather, we missed gathering for an “after party” at the Landsdowne Arms in the Highlands Ranch Town Center. Not wanting to wait until May to enjoy libations and conversation, we’ll try again after the February meeting.

Speaking of inclement weather, we aren’t out of the proverbial woods yet, so if snow is in the forecast the day of the meeting, check this site or our Facebook page for updates prior to venturing out. And remember: stay safe.

See you on February 7!

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