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Genetic genealogy, using the results of a DNA test to help build a family tree, has gotten so popular and so many questions are asked of library staff, that a new class will be offered in 2019 for those who want to learn more. The entire series is four classes, but the classes will be repeated three times and those interested are invited to attend one class, an entire series or attend as convenient.
In class one learn about the history of DNA testing for genetic genealogy purposes, how to use it with traditional genealogy, and how DNA companies keep your information safe. During class 2 learn about five of the most popular DNA testing companies, types of testing, and the differences between the services they offer and information they provide. The third class will teach how to read results, understand new terminology and why ethnicity estimate are only a small part of your results. The final and fourth class will show how to make family connections, use third party tools, and break through your brick walls on your research with DNA evidence.
The class will be taught by Amber Lowery of the Local History and Genealogy staff and will be offered at different locations and times, giving everyone an opportunity to attend. The first session will be offered on the first Saturday of the month at Main Library at 2:00 p.m. in Classroom A on Lower Level 1 on January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6. The second session will be held on the first Sunday of the month at Lakeview Branch at noon on May 5, June 2, July 7 and August 4. The final and third session will be taught on the first Wednesday of the month at North Branch in the McKenzie Room on September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4. The classes will be listed on the library calendar each month and can be found on the webpage.
Attend one class or attend them all, they are free and open to the public. For more information please call (309) 497-2000.
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