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.


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.”


Help! When You Need Somebody

Presenter: Stephanie Saylor
Date and Time: Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 7 to 8pm MT
Registration: This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA for access to past and members-only meetings.

Stephanie Saylor Discover resources that will help you shed your questions and find the power to conquer your genealogical concerns in “Help when you Need Somebody.” Stephanie Saylor enjoys helping others who have an interest in genealogy use biology and genetics gain the confidence needed to further their research goals.


DNA Success in -- and Despite of -- Endogamy

Presenter: Lara Diamond
Date and Time: Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 7 to 8pm MT
Registration: This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA for access to past and members-only meetings.

Lara Diamond Endogamy occurs often in genetic genealogy and is something that can be particularly challenging to genetic genealogists because what appears to be a close cousin match may be a distant cousin several times over. Lara Diamond will explain endogamy and show examples of what it looks like in genetic genealogy and how to combat effects to use genetic genealogy to help prove your ancestry.


Understanding DNA for Genealogy

Presenter: Jim Brewster
Date and Time: Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8917770861999669762

Stephanie Saylor DNA testing is becoming an integral tool in the genealogist tool kit, but what is it and what does it do? How can DNA actually help your genealogy? We will discuss the three basic types of DNA for genetic genealogy (autosomal, Y DNA, and mtDNA) and what they can tell you. If you are brand new to Genetic genealogy, “Understanding DNA for Genealogy” is the class for you!


Obtaining and Using mtDNA and Y-DNA Evidence

Presenter: Blaine Bettinger
Date and Time: Tuesday, 21 August 2018, 7 to 8pm MT
Registration: This meeting is reserved for UGA Members only. Please consider joining UGA for access to past and members-only meetings.

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. Registration is open to UGA members only, to register sign in at UGAgenealogy.org.


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