29 Jul

Case Studies in Macrogenealogy: Brick Walls, Multiple Lineages, and Clan Origins

Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 6:00pm
Dr. Robin Spencer
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New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Traditional paper genealogy is "microgenealogy" and seeks to identify immediate ancestors. Macrogenealogy, in analogy to macroeconomics, folds in other disciplines—demography, geography, mathematics, genetics—and can answer more general questions.

This talk presents cases studies in macrogenealogy that address why the Atlantic is frequently a brick wall for genealogy, why any group of 100 men will fall into about 50 distinct lineages, and how Dark Ages branching, before surnames, may identify modern descendants of a historic clan.

This session will be recorded for NYG&B member access.


About the Speaker

A scientist by training (Ph.D. biochemistry MIT), Rob's career spanned pharma research and software development. 

Now retired, he's brought his data analysis interests to genetic genealogy.  He is an admin at Family Tree DNA and author of SNP Tracker.