27 Oct

Genealogy and DNA: An Intermediate-level Seminar

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
Event Location: 
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 36 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Event Sponsor: 
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

After testing for genealogy with various DNA-testing companies, and then exploring the tools available on the company websites, do you know what to do next? This program is intended for intermediate-level genealogists with some experience using genetic genealogy tools. Our presenter is nationally known for his presentations and blog, The Genetic Genealogist.

Registrants should have tested at one or more genealogy-DNA testing companies, and be familiar with the tools of those websites, including cousin-matching functions. Beginning topics will not be discussed. If you are not sure if this program is for you, please contact Sue Miller at smiller@nygbs.org or 212-755-8532 x211.


Program Sessions

Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry

For years, genealogists have focused on Y-DNA and mtDNA, unable to access the wealth of information in the remainder of their DNA. Autosomal DNA tests reveal this hidden information. Genealogists can use autosomal DNA for ethnicity estimates, finding long-lost cousins, and examining specific genealogical problems.


Using DNAPainter to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA

DNA Painter is an easy-to-use third-party tool that enables you to assign segments of DNA shared with cousins to a map of your chromosomes. Together we’ll look at this powerful new tool, and how you can use it in your research.


Are You Doing Everything to Identify Your DNA Matches?

In this session, we will examine numerous ways you can use a match’s profile to identify who they might be. We will also examine ways to use the In Common With tool and the Shared Matches tool to estimate how that elusive match is related to you.


Evaluating a Genealogical Conclusion Including DNA

Someone tells you that they’ve proven their connection to a genealogical ancestor using DNA, but have they really proven it? Did they avoid the known pitfalls? Together we will discuss the most common pitfalls when using DNA evidence and propose the minimum requirements for a genealogical proof comprising DNA.


Program Schedule

Office opens at 9:30 am. The schedule below is subject to change.

  • 10:00 am: Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry​
  • 11:10 am: Break
  • 11:20 am: Using DNAPainter to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch break
  • 1:20 pm: Are You Doing Everything to Identify Your DNA Matches?
  • 2:30 pm: Break
  • 2:40 pm: Evaluating a Genealogical Conclusion Including DNA
  • 3:50 pm: Reception


About Our Presenter

Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD., JD, is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. Blaine 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. He also co-authored “Genetics for Genealogy” with Judy Russell in 2018’s Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (ProGen PPS) (Elizabeth Shown Mills, Author and Editor).



Early member registration: $139 (through July 31)

Member registration: $169 (after July 31)

Non-member registration: $189

Optional box lunch, vegetarian, turkey, or salad: $26

Click here to register or call 212-755-8532 x211.