Reminder: April 18 Ken Bravo 1:00-2:30 PM MNJGS zoom event-- You’ve Done Your DNA – Now What? #events #dna #announcements


Many of us have sent our DNA off to a firm, curious about what we might find. We receive an ethnicity estimate followed often by a long list of matches ranging from 2nd cousins to more distant ones.  Sometimes we are contacted by people on the list of matches who are trying to decipher the relationship. Who are these people? And how do we make sense of their relationship to us?  


Ken Bravo will help you create a strategy for reviewing and prioritizing that list to determine who these people are and what their relationship is to you. Bravo's presentation will cover his process, developed over many years, of working in traditional genealogy and with DNA matches. Ken demonstrates the process he uses to cull through spurious relatives due to endogamy and "real" relatives. He works with family trees before all else and then looks for linkages in the matches, often looking for common surnames. Ken will explain how people who have tested with multiple DNA providers can get different ethnicity results. Using examples from his own large Lithuanian family, he will demonstrate how he has identified new branches of his family tree through DNA analysis. Ken will also explain the Gedmatch tool and share examples to illustrate how he has used it to further his family research. 


Speaker Bio:

Ken Bravo is President of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and Past President of the JGS Cleveland. and is a frequent lecturer on a variety of genealogy subjects.  He has been searching his own roots since the mid-1970s and, in more recent years, has added the families of the spouses of his four children to his research.  He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has his own business, The Nuts & Bolts of Jewish Genealogy, to assist others in researching their family histories.



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Members are free, a $5 donation is requested of nonmembers. 

Liba Casson-Nudell
Minneapolis, MN

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