Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Speaker Profile-Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL

I’ve been fascinated by DNA ever since tenth grade biology class. Way back then we never thought it could be used for anything other than medical research. Even articles about the Human Genome Project in the nineties focused on medical discoveries.

Then DNA test prices came down and we learned how to use the results to further family research.
DNA test results are an important part of a reasonably exhaustive search. But the tests don’t contribute evidence unless you understand the results. You have to correlate the DNA and paper trail evidence.

Some of the best researchers have trouble getting their heads around DNA inheritance. My DNA presentations clearly explain how DNA is inherited including only as much biology as is necessary to understand the basics.

“Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent” includes an easy-to-understand explanation of this complex topic. DNA inheritance patterns are illustrated along with examples of how to correlate your genetic and paper trail evidence. This session focuses on the autosomal DNA that we inherit from all of our ancestors, not just the direct paternal and maternal lines.

I take the same approach to explaining how to use laws when analyzing genealogical evidence. Simple explanation. Demonstrate how to use what is learned. Maybe because I am not a doctor, biologist, or lawyer, I can simplify these topics to help other genealogists learn to effectively use legal and genetic information for genealogical purposes. Join me and let me know if you agree.

Friday, 11:00 a.m., F328, “Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent”
Saturday, 4:00 p.m., S453, “Ours and Theirs: Tax and Land Laws”

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