Tuesday, September 27, 2016

NEHGS Announces DNA Day in Worcester, Mass.

Just starting to think about what DNA can do for you? Or maybe you can't get enough of DNA testing? There will be a special DNA Day for genealogists in New England courtesy of the New England Historic Genealogical Society to be held in Worcester, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Details are below.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 
is DNA Day
at DCU Center 
in Worcester, Massachusetts

Everything You Need to Know 
about Genetic Testing
for Genealogy 
to Be Presented in a Seminar
by American Ancestors (NEHGS) in Partnership with AncestryDNA

Bill Griffeth, Author of Best-Selling The Stranger in My Genes,
to Deliver Keynote Address and Appear at Luncheon Forum

September 27, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts--DNA tests can break down genealogical brick walls, connect distant cousins, unlock mysteries, and even reveal long kept family secrets. But accurately deciphering results is not without its challenges. Experts from American Ancestors of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and AncestryDNA will present a full-day seminar on how to interpret DNA findings and apply that knowledge to your own family history research at a DNA Day on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. In a keynote address marking his first public appearance since the publication of the best-selling book The Stranger in My Genes, author Bill Griffeth, co-anchor of Closing Bell on CNBC, will discuss how his own genetic findings altered his sense of identity and his family tree.

Beyond lectures, participants will have the opportunity to chat with genealogists and DNA experts, acquire select publications, purchase a DNA kit from AncestryDNA, attend website demonstrations, take advantage of special discounts, and interact with other family historians. The author Bill Griffeth will be available to sign copies of The Stranger in My Genes and will participate in a luncheon forum on the story behind his new book.

Program Agenda

9:00 AM   Registration and check-in opens at DCU Center
  9:30 AM   Opening remarks
  9:40 AM   Keynote address: Bill Griffeth, author of The Stranger in My Genes
10:15 AM   Lecture: The Possibilities of Genetic Testing, Christopher C. Child (NEHGS)
11:15 AM   Lecture: DNA Testing: From Start to Finish, Anna Swayne (AncestryDNA)
12:15 PM   Lunch; separate registration for lunch with author Bill Griffeth
  1:30 PM   Lecture: Using Genetic Evidence in your Family Tree, Anna Swayne (AncestryDNA)
  2:30 PM   Break; Book signing by author for The Stranger in My Genes
  3:00 PM   Lecture: Sharing Your Results, Christopher C. Child (NEHGS)
  4:00 PM   Prize drawing


Christopher C. Child, Senior Researcher of Newbury Street Press at New England Historic Genealogical Society, is the editor of the Genetics and Genealogy column in American Ancestors magazine and editor of the Mayflower Descendant. He has written several articles for a number of scholarly journals and is the co-editor of The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton, co-author of The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and author of The Nelson Family of Rowley, Massachusetts. His areas of expertise include southern New England, especially Connecticut; New York; ancestry of notable figures, especially presidents; genetics and genealogy; African-American and Native-American genealogy, 19th and 20th Century research, westward migrations out of New England, and applying to hereditary societies.

Bill Griffeth, author of The Stranger in My Genes, is one of the country's longest serving and most respected financial journalists on TV. He began covering Wall Street in 1981 on the Financial News Network (FNN). In 1991 he joined CNBC where he has anchored a number of programs, most recently Closing Bell from the New York Stock Exchange. Since 2003, his hobby has been genealogy, and he has traveled tens of thousands of miles in the U.S. and Europe researching his and his wife's family histories. He currently serves as a Trustee of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston.

Anna Swayne of AncestryDNA has ten years of experience in the DNA Genealogy world. Her focus is educating on the power of DNA and the story it can unlock for each of us. She enjoys teaching beginner and intermediate classes at national and local conferences on DNA and how it can answer ancestral questions or assist with genealogical roadblocks.

Registration and information:

www.AmericanAncestors.org or call 617-226-1226
Date and time:
Saturday, October 22, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, Mass. 01608