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DNA and Genealogy

Should you have a DNA test to help trace your roots? What tests are available? What do the results show?


Debbie Parker Wayne talks about DNA as part of family history research at FGS 2014 Conference

Every year, new DNA tests are developed that go beyond the traditional Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results. These new tests can be used to study relationships between individuals who are not part of the direct paternal or maternal line.

Debbie Parker Wayne presents two sessions at the FGS 2014 Conference to help you understand these tests:  what are they, what steps are required to take the test, and how can you analyze the results. If you’ve been thinking about using a DNA test as part of your family research, these sessions are a great way to learn more about what’s involved.

S-412 DNA Case Studies: Analyzing Test Results
Case studies illustrate analysis of Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA test results to contribute to genealogical research goals.

S-443 Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and XDNA
Understand mitochondrial DNA and X-DNA testing and how to analyze test results in a case study.

Debbie has presented DNA topics at the National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Society conferences, Family Tree DNA Project Administrator’s Conference, Southern California Jamboree DNA Day, “Genealogy as a Profession” course at IGHR, many local genealogical societies in Texas, and all-day workshops on genetic genealogy in Texas and Arkansas.  She is the DNA instructor for the Forensic Genealogy Institute run by the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. Debbie’s DNA research focuses on client projects and on research into her own family project which includes Y‑DNA, mtDNA, X‑DNA, and autosomal DNA studies.

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Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL


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Technology Track – Writing & Publishing

Technology makes telling your family stories easier

Technology makes telling your family stories easier

Everybody has at least one family history story to tell!  Today it is easier than ever to share those stories.

Several sessions on the Technology Track at the FGS 2014 Conference focus on Writing and Publishing, including using the latest technology to make your story interesting. Take some time to learn how to bring your ancestors to life.


T-221 Publish! Bringing it All Together on a Mac, Laura G. Prescott
Genealogists are using Macs to publish. The possibilities are boundless as technology makes it easier, more interesting, and more affordable than ever to turn publishing dreams into realities. A Mac makes it intuitive and fun!

T-237 Publish Your Genealogy Online, Laura G. Prescott
Discover the options for publishing your genealogy online. Explore choices you can make for appearance, access, costs, and privacy. Learn simple, attractive solutions to show off your research.

S-405 To Blog or Not to Blog: Sharing Your Research, Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL
Explore using a blog as a research log and sharing your genealogical research with others.

S-415 Can I Use That in My Genealogy? What You Should Know About Copyright, Thomas MacEntee
Learn the basics of US copyright law and how you can still use copyrighted items such as documents, articles and photographs as part of your genealogy research.

S-431 Elements Essential for a Polished Family History, Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Attendees will learn about clear and structured writing, genealogical organization and format, and other aspects giving family histories meaning, respectability, and lasting value.

S-439 DIgital Storytelling for Genealogists, Sandra J. Crowley
Telling your family story requires more than “just the facts” or a few photos. Learn how to plan your message and use the tools and technology available to help you tell it effectively and share it with friends and family.

S-446 Social History and Genealogy: Writing Family Narrative, Diane Van Skiver Gagel, MA
This lecture gives an overview of using social history to fill in the gaps in a family narrative when all we have are dates and places.

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