Society Saturday – The ABCs of DNA for Genealogy

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

CCGSLogoB&W smThe Carroll County Genealogical Society’s upcoming meeting on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM features Eileen Souza. Eileen is a professional genealogist who specializes in Maryland research. She is president of the Carroll County Genealogical Society, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the Maryland Genealogical Society and other local business and genealogical societies.

Eileen has lectured locally on various genealogical topics. She is the author of Research in Carroll County, published in the August 2012 issue of the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. Eileen has had her DNA tested at both Family Tree DNA and Ancestry DNA.

Eileen will be presenting The ABCs of DNA for Genealogy. What is DNA? What types of DNA are used for genealogy? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How do I know what test to take? Well, I got my results, now what? If you have asked yourself these questions, then this presentation is for you. If the highly technical nature of most DNA talks confuses you, then this presentation is for you. As the name implies, this presentation will answer your questions using a non-technical, genealogy-oriented approach. It will also address what DNA does not do to help set your expectations.

Meetings of the Carroll County Genealogical Society (CCGS) are held the third Monday of each month, March through May and September through November, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dixon Room, Westminster Library at 50 East Main Street, Westminster. Refreshments are available at 7:00 p.m. and the meetings are free and open to the public.  An annual dinner is held each June and a holiday party each December.  These are for members and their guests, with reservations made in advance.

Please come to our meeting and bring a friend. You will meet other folks interested in family research and genealogy and enjoy delightful talks that may help you in your own research.  I look forward to seeing new faces!

You can also come early and take advantage of our large collection of books and other materials housed at the Westminster Branch of the CCPL.  On Thursday afternoons, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., one or more society volunteers will be on hand to assist researchers. Of course, this collection is available to all anytime the library is open.

The CCGS Genealogy Section at the Westminster Branch Library. Photo by Eileen Souza

The CCGS Genealogy Section at the Westminster Branch Library. Photo by Eileen Souza


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