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DNA & Genealogy


Adult Enrichment / Special Interest -
Fall 2021

Ancestry Verification Using DNA results to build a family tree can be daunting. For folks who have one (or more) DNA tests and want to use their matches to find birth parents or verify ancestors, this class will get you started. Matches will be sorted to find common ancestors. Tree building from matches to common ancestors and back from those common ancestors to you (and unknown birth parents or known ancestors you want to verify) will be demonstrated and practiced. DNA tests and matches on ancestry.com and or 23andMe.com, with free uploads for more matches to ftdna.com, myheritage.com, and gedmatch.com will be reviewed. Leave with a plan to get to your answers.

Advanced Matching Techniques For those who have completed a basic review of matches and want to get more from their DNA results. There is a wealth of information in DNA match share clusters. Even more information on how you are related to matches and ancestors can be found by comparing segments. We’ll use the free “DNA Painter” app as one tool to visualize shared segments and research which ancestor might be the origin of segments. This class will demonstrate and provide practice time using tools that can help you become a “DNA expert.” 

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Instructor

Leah Abraham


Dr. Leah Abraham has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Her science background in DNA includes experience sequencing DNA at MIT and teaching college and graduate classes in Biology, Bioengineering, and Statistics at Tufts, BU, Northeastern, and Merrimack College. Dr. Abraham has personal experience using DNA results to locate her own birth parents (in one intense 4-week search effort). She has a personal ancestry.com tree with over 6000 people, as well as trees on MyHeritage, FamilyTree, WikiTree, and FamilySearch. Dr. Abraham has helped seven other people use their DNA results to locate birth relatives. She is able to advise on advanced DNA and tree tools including DNAgedcom, GenomeMatePro, Family Tree Maker, and Charting Companion.

SI-Advanced Matching

  Leah Abraham


Online
Tue Nov 2, Tue Nov 9 & Tue Nov 16
7:00 - 9:00 PM

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Price: $ 79 00
SI-Ancestry Verification

  Leah Abraham


Online
Tuesdays, Sep 28 - Oct 19
7:00 - 9:00 PM

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Price: $ 105 00