October DNA Days (with me)

Blaine Bettinger, one of the best presenters and educators on genetic genealogy, is coming to Carlsbad, San Diego, for a daylong seminar next week on Saturday, October 6. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather knowledge from one of the stars of the field. At the moment, there are still a few seats open.

I will also be doing a workshop on working with your DNA matches that morning in Carlsbad. If you are interested in having your results be an example in my workshop, please contact me with some details.

The idea of a workshop is I talk briefly, then you try it yourselves. Then I talk some more. Then you try some more and we repeat again. So please bring your laptop or tablet or even make do with your smartphone and we will have fun! We will mainly work with Ancestry matches plus a little bit with GEDmatch. If you have not yet uploaded your DNA data to GEDmatch.com please do so. Click here for how.

Blaine’s workshop about visual phasing will be at the same time as mine. Everyone loves this workshop at Jamboree so it is great to have it locally. Blaine is not only the author of several books on genetic genealogy and a blog, but he also runs a FaceBook group of about 46K members called “Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques.” His latest endeavor is a web site for self paced learning called DNA Central.

If you cannot make it up to Carlsbad, then come hear me following Saturday Oct 13 when I will be talking to the San Diego Genealogy Society in the Lake Murray area.

Or if you are in New Mexico, I will be talking in Albuquerque New Mexico the following day, Sunday Oct 14!

There is an all-day DNA Workshop Sunday, October 14, at Congregation Albert. It is sponsored by Casa Sefarad@Nahalat Shalom in conjunction with the JGS of New Mexico.

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  1. I have an older half sister that my mother gave up in 1971 and I have pretty much every piece of info that can be gathered without DNA testing. It’s important to me to locate her if I can, so I am willing to buy a couple of DNA tests and dig thru all the results. I’m not insanely interested in going back to Adam and Eve, but I’d like to know my heritage. However I have no idea which of the available tests for sale will give me the greatest odds of success (I’ll be using GedMatch and other free resources as well) I just need to be pointed in the right direction(s). Can you help. please?

  2. Test yourself or better, your mother if possible at ancestry and upload those results everywhere. If she is not yet found them also test at 23and!me

  3. I did a DNA test and found a half sister I was not aware of. Turns out we are 7 weeks apart in age. We have the same father but different mothers. We share about 35% (2374 centimorgans). The DNA is really high for half siblings. We actually look very much alike. There is no other connection in past family. Is it just an anomaly? Why so high?

  4. Kitty, I’m signed up for Blaine’s workshop on October 6. Three siblings are needed on Gedmatch. I have them. Lucky me! I manage my brother’s DNA, however I do not manage my sister’s. She manages it herself. Am I able to use her DNA even though I don’t manage it? With her permission, of course. Thank you, Diane

  5. Kitty,
    My husband and I are planning to attend your workshop at the San Diego Genealogical Society in Lake Murray, San Diego.

    Could I please ask your advice on the following?

    My distant cousins and I are attempting to discover our common ancestor.
    We are all connected through a surname, but we are also connected through autosomal DNA and through Y DNA findings. We have a surname project on FTDNA.
    All of the several dozen members of us have lineage in this line that cannot be traced farther back in time than 1780, so a reliable Tree to a progeniture is missing.
    We are wondering if you would like to use our findings in one of your presentations that discuss distant cousin autosomal DNA analysis? Or if you could suggest dome other approach that we haven’t explored.
    We estimate that the bulk of us are connected at 5th-8th cousins.

    If you are interested, Kitty, more information will be supplied.

    Thanks so much!
    Nan

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