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Wed 6 Dec Genetic Genealogy and DNA - what to consider before diving in
« on: Friday 01 December 17 00:22 GMT (UK) »
Genetic Genealogy and DNA

Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library
Wednesday 6 December, 6pm to 7.30pm
Please join us for light refreshments from 5pm.

Panel Discussion: Genetic Genealogy and DNA - what to consider before diving in.

Michelle Patient, genetic genealogist, and Brad Argent, Ancestry

Panelists:
Michelle Patient, genetic genealogist and Guild of One Name Studies
Brad Argent, AncestryDNA specialist, Ancestry
Karen Cuneen, DNA enthusiast

Join us to learn more about Genetic Genealogy and DNA in the Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library on Wednesday 6 December, 6pm - 7.30pm.
This will be a popular event so booking is essential.

https://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/pages/event.aspx?EventId=1217

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Re: Wed 6 Dec Genetic Genealogy and DNA - what to consider before diving in
« Reply #1 on: Friday 01 December 17 02:49 GMT (UK) »
I hope that a similar 'talk' will be advertised in Australia soon as I would love to attend. Or maybe I should hop across the ditch.
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Re: Wed 6 Dec Genetic Genealogy and DNA - what to consider before diving in
« Reply #2 on: Friday 01 December 17 11:12 GMT (UK) »
Hopefully the talk will be a constructive talk and will explain that DNA is not the panacea that will solve all the problems faced by genealogists but simply a tool that might help to point the genealogist in the correct direction.

Too often DNA companies misguide the public into thinking a DNA test will show them who their ancestors were, it won’t.
A DNA test cannot even prove who a person’s father is or even who a persons mother is (there has been at least one case where court officials have watched a baby (conventionally conceived) being born and a DNA sample being taken from the baby only to have the results “prove” the woman who gave birth could not be the baby’s mother and other cases where a woman needing a transplant has been “proved” through DNA not to be the mother of some of her children).
Now the reasons behind this are being understood it can be seen that far from this being a rare occurrence it is highly likely that it occurs in all of us to a greater or lesser extent.

That is not to say DNA tests are no good just that as with any “record” care must be taken to understand what we are seeing and what has actually been recorded.

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