Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society December 2019 Program: New Ancestry Tools for DNA Matching and Trees

Posted by dbarton

Trying to make sense of recent changes in the world of DNA genealogy research? For clarity on this subject, join the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, CO 80124 for “New Ancestry Tools for DNA Matching and Trees,” presented by Greg Liverman, Ph.D.

In September 2018, AncestryDNA rolled out updates to DNA Story, the portion of the DNA repot that tells customers what groups around the world they are the most similar to. Also called “ethnicity estimates”, these reports are the reason why many AncestryDNA customers test.

While many customers have been pleased with the new reports, many other customers are confused why their ancestry changed, why the amounts of certain ancestral groups’ admixture in their DNA changed and wondered if this report was more accurate than the previous version. Doctor Liverman will tackle these questions head-on and examine what the changes mean, the science behind them, and discuss how reliable the results are.

In early 2019, Ancestry rolled out new features for working with DNA matches (ThruLines™ and match tagging) and pedigree trees (MyTreeTags™). In his presentation, Doctor Liverman will cover what these new features do and how to use them.

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 on his genealogy research 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 also 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”.

Arrive early at 6:30 p.m. for networking with fellow genealogists. You never know who might have an answer to your most perplexing research problem.

And finally, if the weather is not cooperating, be sure to check for updates on the HRGS website,' https://hrgenealogy.wordpress.com' before venturing out.

Event Date
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Event time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost / donation
No cost


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