JCC, 350 S. Dahlia St, Denver
This session is open to the public at no charge!
Please note the start time of 9:30 am which will be for networking, followed by Greg's presentation.
The use of DNA testing in genealogy, or genetic genealogy, is a rapidly evolving field. Tests can cost a substantial amount of money. This lecture will cover what some of the changes have been with the DNA testing market in 2017 and what can be expected for the future.
- A brief review of DNA testing for genealogy – what kinds of tests are available and what we can learn from them
- Mitochondrial DNA
- Autosomal DNA (Brand-named “DNA Matches” or “FamilyFinder” or “DNA Relatives”)
- Latest developments at Ancestry
- Latest developments at 23andMe
- Latest developments at FamilyTree DNA
- New players in the market: MyHeritage and LivingDNA
- Latest developments at GEDmatch
Greg Liverman, Ph.D., began tracing his family history in the 1990's with an old Macintosh computer and a copy of Family Tree Maker. At that time, family and career pursuits did not leave much time for genealogy work. He was finally able to return to charting his family history in 2009. Greg quickly realized that he could bring to bear all the analytical and problem solving skills he had developed in over forty years of working as a journalist, scientist and business manager. Living on a ranch on the western slopes of Pikes Peak means there are few libraries nearby, so Greg has become adept at using online resources for both domestic and foreign research. He has researched his family history "on the ground" in libraries, cemeteries and records offices in seven states, with more on the list to visit. He has experience in using various techniques, based on the careful application of reason and logic, to successfully break down “brick walls”. Greg and his wife Wendy added genetic genealogy or DNA testing to their brick wall demolition toolkit in 2013 and have immersed themselves in the details of DNA tests and evaluation methods. They have answered several questions about their family history using DNA evidence. Greg launched Pinewood Genealogy to help people with their genealogy research and genetic genealogy analysis.