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Ozarks Genealogical Society

DNA Seminar

Genetic Genealogy: Identifing and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Testing

11 March 2017

Schweitzer United Methodist Church

2747 East Sunshine Street, Springfield, Missouri

by Patti Lee Hobbs, CGSM


Patti Lee Hobbs, Certified Genealogist® with a BA in biology, is a lifetime OGS member. She works part-time as a professional genealogist as well as occasionally in the Local History and Genealogy department at the Springfield-Greene County Library. Hobbs instructs on the use and analysis of DNA testing and how it complements traditional research in original records. Hobbs has presented numerous workshops locally and regionally. She also teaches at the week-long Practical Genetic Genealogy course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and will be teaching in a DNA course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at its new location in Athens, Georgia. 



(See below for description of each topic)


8:30-9:30: An Overview of Genetic Genealogy

9:45-10:45: Researching the Patrilineal and Matrilineal Lines through 

Y-DNA and Mt-DNA Testing

11:00-12:15: Autosomal DNA: Testing for All Genealogical Lines

12:15-1:45: Lunch

1:45-3:00: Autosomal DNA Data: Working the Results

3:15-4:30: GEDmatch: An Invaluable Tool for Autosomal DNA Analysis




To register complete the following form and mail it with your check (made payable to OGS) to Ozarks Genealogical Society, Inc., P. O. Box 3945, Springfield, MO 65808-3945.  Or REGISTER ONLINE THROUGH PAYPAL by clicking here or using the link in the left sidebar.

Cost: $25 Optional Lunch: $7.00 (You may bring your lunch or eat at an area restaurant.)


Lunch consists of your choice of turkey, ham, or roast beef with cheese on a croissant with vegetable garnish, dressing, fruit garnish, bagged chips, dessert, and iced tea. If you are mailing in the registration form, please include which meat you would like. 


Walk-in registration is allowed. But to order the lunch and be assured of getting a paper syllabus, please register by 5 March 2017.



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Topic Descriptions


An Overview of Genetic Genealogy

  DNA testing is the exciting tool to complement traditional genealogical research. This session will help you to understand the principles of inheritance, types of DNA testing, the purposes of each test, and the companies offering the tests. Limitations and possible pitfalls will be addressed.


Researching the Patrilineal and Matrilineal lines through Y-DNA and MT-DNA

   Y-DNA, because of its stability over many generations and association with the surname, is one of the easiest ways to establish your connection to a distant ancestor on the patrilineal line. Mitochondrial DNA similarly aids in making connections along the matrilineal line, although not as readily as the Y-DNA. The majority of the session will focus on Y-DNA: understanding the test results, surname projects, and strategies for testing. The mt-DNA portion will instruct on understanding results, uses, and limitations.


Autosomal DNA: Testing for All Genealogical Lines

  Autosomal DNA testing is the most complex to analyze, but it is often the most useful because we inherit autosomal DNA from all our ancestral lines. This session will instruct on understanding and analyzing results as well as strategies for test subject recruitment.


Autosomal DNA Data: Working the Results

   Many tools for analyzing autosomal DNA have become available. This session will instruct on how these tools can advance the identification of common ancestors. However, genuine success in DNA testing requires correlation of the test results with quality genealogical scholarship. Examples will be presented.


GEDmatch: an Invaluable Tool for Autosomal DNA Analysis

   All three DNA testing companies have some limitations. GEDmatch provides a means to compare DNA with testers from other companies. Not only does it enlarge the testing pool for comparison, it allows in-depth analysis of matching DNA segments to further possibilities for confirming or identifying unknown ancestors.


Download seminar flyer here.