Society Saturday – Using DNA to Trace Family: The Basics

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Logo of the Carroll County Genealogical SocietyThe Carroll County Genealogical Society’s upcoming meeting is on Monday, September 17 at 7:30 PM. Refreshments are available at 7:00 p.m., and the meetings are free and open to the public. Our program this month features Andy Hochreiter, presenting Using DNA to Trace Family: The Basics.

Direct to Consumer DNA test kits have introduced an important tool for genealogists and family historians. Genetic Genealogy provides another way to discover family relationships, ancestral lines and geographical origins. This presentation will discuss the types of DNA and their inheritance patterns, what companies and tests are available, how to analyze your DNA results to find family, how to use it in your genealogical research, and what DNA tests tell you about ethnic makeup and ancient origins.

Andrew Hochreiter, MEd, MIS, is a genetic genealogist who manages multiple DNA surname projects and has successfully applied DNA to trace several related family branches overseas. He has over 28 years of experience in genealogical research and 12 years involved with genetic genealogy. Mr. Hochreiter instructs continuing education courses in basic and advanced genetic genealogy at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. He is a facilitator for the genetic genealogy module of the on-line Genealogical Research Course at Boston University. Mr. Hochreiter has been a speaker for numerous organizations and he belongs to numerous genealogy organizations. He was featured on two Bavarian TV programs for his genealogical work tracing relatives in Germany using DNA. Mr. Hochreiter is a great enthusiast and user of genetic genealogy as another valuable means to trace family history and solve genealogical problems.

Meetings of the Carroll County Genealogical Society (CCGS) are usually held the third Monday of each month, March through May and September through November, at 7:00 p.m. in the Dixon Room, Westminster Library at 50 East Main Street, Westminster.

Please come to our meeting–bring a friend. You will meet other folks interested in family research and enjoy delightful talks that may help you in your research. We 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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