Durham Region Branch’s “Day of Learning” Welcomes Ellen Maki

Durham Region Branch’s “Day of Learning” Welcomes Ellen Maki

Nancy Trimble, Chair, Durham Region Branch, OGS

Durham Region Branch’s Day of Learning will be held on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm at Faith United Church, Nash Road, Courtice. This year’s theme is “From DNA Connections to Database Giants”.

We are pleased to welcome Ellen Maki as she presents “Autosomal DNA: Next Steps”.

DNA test results can be both exciting and overwhelming. You may have thousands of matches and need a strategy for putting them to work finding cousins and ancestors, or breaking down brick walls. Shared or in-common-with matches are a powerful tool that all of the major testing companies provide for users.

Come and learn a few strategies for getting the most out of your shared matches. The presentation will look at chromosome browsers and triangulation, and discuss how these differ from shared matches. DNA matches can also be a wonderful source of traditional genealogical information and family lore. Contacting new individuals with DNA matches can be rewarding, but the response rate is often low. We will discuss some dos and don’ts for enticing our matches to reply to our queries.

Ellen Maki holds a doctorate in statistics and works as a consultant in the health care industry. She has been researching her family history in England, Ireland, the U.S., and Canada for 30 years. Her passion for genealogy has led her to study in the University of Strathclyde’s genealogy, palaeography, and heraldry program, where she is currently completing a master’s degree. She has presented at the Toronto Branch meetings and taught a genealogy posters course for the Toronto Branch Members’ Network. Ellen blogs about her genealogical discoveries at FindingFolk.org.  This presentation allows Ellen to talk about one of her genealogy passions: using DNA for family history.

Our other speakers include:
Nick Post presenting “The Ins and Outs of FamilySearch, and What’s New”; Sherilyn Bell about “Ancestry in a Tube: Using DNA to Pick Up the Genealogical Trail”; Nancy Trimble comparing “The Genealogy Giants’ Databases” plus a Panel Discussion.

Registration is now open!More information is at http://durham.ogs.on.ca/workshops/

Cost is only $35.00 and includes lunch if you register by June 8th.

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