27 Oct

DNA and Family History: A Seminar for Genealogists

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 1:00pm to Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9:15pm
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. and Angie Bush, M.S.
Event Location: 
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York, New York
Event Sponsor: 
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The NYG&B is proud to host “DNA and Family History: A Seminar for Genealogists,” featuring two of the world’s leading genetic genealogists, Blaine Bettinger and Angie Bush.

Through the course of eight sessions, the seminar will cover the fundamentals of DNA testing for genealogists and quickly move to advanced tools for analysis, incorporating the DNA findings into your writing, and ethics and standards in DNA testing.

A limited number of personal consultations will be offered to program participants for an additional fee on a first-come, first-served basis.  

This program is now sold-out and has a wait list.

DNA Program schedule (final)





9:00 a.m.

Check in, coffee, etc.


9:15–10:15 a.m.

Overview: Types of DNA tests, testing companies and developing a DNA testing plan


10:30–11:30 a.m.

Y-DNA and mtDNA


lunch break

on your own or box lunch ($)



15–minute consultations (additional registration required)



15–minute consultations (additional registration required)


1:15–2:15 p.m.

The Genealogy Proof Standard and DNA Testing


2:30–3:30 p.m.

Understanding Ethnicity, Admixture, and Haplogroups



15–minute consultations (additional registration required)





9:00 a.m.



9:15–10:15 a.m.

Third party tools: GEDmatch and DNA GEDcom


10:30–11:15 a.m.

Genetic Networks (DNA Circles, NADs, GWorks and other tools for pedigree analysis)



Chromosome Mapping and Visual Phasing Q & A


lunch break

on your own or box lunch ($)



15–minute consultations (additional registration required)


1:15–2:15 p.m.

Ethics and Standards in Genetic Genealogy


2:30–3:30 p.m.

The Future of Genetic Genealogy with a Rum-based Strawberry DNA extraction


Following last session




15–minute consultations (additional registration required)


About Blaine Bettinger

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a DNA specialist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook.

Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is or has been an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at Excelsior College, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine is a graduate of ProGen Study Group 21, a trustee for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and a board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists.


About Angie Bush

Angie Bush, MS is the Region 1 Director for the National Genealogical Society and chair of its genetic genealogy committee. She’s also a full-time genetic genealogist researcher with AncestryProGenealogists in Salt Lake City. Angie has been interested in her genealogy since she was very young. After college, she spent several years working in biotech while continuing to hone her genealogy skills as a hobby.

With the introduction of autosomal DNA testing in 2012, she decided to combine her two loves into one career. Although she spends much of her time working on recent unknown parentage cases, her favorite type of research involves breaking through decades-old “brick walls” using a combination of traditional records and genetic evidence. She is a popular speaker and presenter, and she enjoys attending conferences where she can connect with others who share her passion for genealogy. Angie is a Utah native and lives with her husband and two descendants in Sandy, Utah.