Dutchess County Genealogical Society

Fall 2006 Seminar

Topic: DNA Research and Other Genealogical Topics
Featured Speaker: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2006
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Registration:  8:30 AM to 9:00 AM)
(Lunch:  11:30 AM to 1:00 PM)
Place: Hyde Park United Methodist Church
Route 9
Hyde Park, New York
Registration: $30.00 DCGS Members  
Walk-ins at the door on day of seminar
Lunch: $7.50 for optional buffet lunch (deli sandwiches and salads) - available only with advance registration

Our featured speaker will be Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, an outstanding writer and speaker, and a noted authority on DNA and genealogy.  Megan has authored several books including Honoring Our Ancestors (inspiring stories about rediscovering our family history), They Came to America: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors, and Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree.  Visit Megan’s website at Honoringourancestors.com for more information about her background, including work as lead researcher for the PBS Ancestors series, and as consultant with the U.S. Army's Repatriation project using DNA to trace families of servicemen killed or MIA in Korea, WWII and Vietnam.  Megan also has a sister website at www.genetealogy.com supporting this brand new field.  And as if that wasn't enough, she maintains a genealogy blog online at http://megansrootsworld.blogspot.com.

DNA Research and Other Genealogical Topics:

Tracing your Roots with DNA
Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
10:30 a.m.

Megan talks about “genetealogy” (the marriage of genetics and genealogy), what it is and how can we use it to further our genealogical endeavors. She discusses her own and others' experience launching and managing a DNA project doing Y-DNA/surname testing, including such considerations as test and vendor selection factors, privacy, and convincing others to participate.

Beyond Y-DNA: Your Genetic Genealogy Options
Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
1:00 p.m.

Follows up with additional options for genetic testing for genealogical purposes other than the popular surname studies that use Y-DNA tests.  Come learn about mtDNA, SNP, BioGeographical and ethnic tests, as well as the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and the Genographic Project, and determine if one or more of them is right for you.

Beginning Genealogy
Linda Koehler
9:00 a.m.
Starting out right in the computer age.  Beginning genealogical research, and how traditional principals and practices of genealogy apply in an age of instant communication.
Probing Into Probate
Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer
9:00 a.m.
What did your ancestors leave you?  While an ancestor's estate generally left items only to close relatives and friends, the papers created as a result of settling it may contain a wonderful bequest for genealogists researching their family: their ancestors may unknowingly have left them gifts of information.
Organizing Your Genealogy
Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer
2:30 p.m.
Having your genealogy materials and data well organized may make the difference in making progress on your lines.  Learn about different methods of organization that others have found helpful, from file cabinets to computer files.
Genealogical Research on the Internet
Robin Walsh
2:30 p.m.
You can't see the forest for the family trees!  Some nooks and crannies on the Internet that may appeal to both beginniners and advanced researchers.

Ms. Smolenyak and the publisher of Kinship Books will have displays of books available for purchase.

Registration (Advance registration must be postmarked by October 21, 2006):

To register, mail your name, address, telephone number, and a check with the advance registration fee of $30 and the lunch cost of $7.50 (if you wish to take advantage of the buffet.  You may bring your own lunch; drinks will be supplied free of charge).  Make your check payable to the Dutchess County Genealogical Society.

Mail registration and check to:
Dutchess County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 708
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Directions to the Church:

The United Methodist Church in the village of Hyde Park is located on the east side (going north) of Route 9, at the corner of Albany Post Road/Route 9 and Church Street.  The entrance to the parking lot is on Church Street.

For more information about this seminar, call Linda Koehler at (845) 462-2361 or e-mail Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer.