JGS of Greater Orlando. Free Virtual Meeting. The Genetic Heritage of the Jewish People: An Introduction. Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00 pm EDT. Speaker: Adam Brown. #dna #announcements



May 4, 2021, 7:00 PM EDT

The Genetic Heritage of the Jewish People: An Introduction

Speaker: Adam Brown


DNA testing is now a well-established tool in the genealogist’s toolkit, and success stories appear almost daily announcing the reunion of long lost relatives and the solution to cold cases.  Among Ashkenazi Jews, it also leads to challenges to unravel real relationships among the tens of thousands of “cousins” showing up as DNA matches.  Yet, used carefully and studied with thoughtful questions, DNA can provide insight into historical events and illuminate what archeology and the written word tell us about our earlier ancestors.

For the past five years the Avotaynu DNA Project, led by Adam Brown,  has been spearheading collaborative international DNA research that includes academics at leading institutions around the world as well as a local cadre of Jewish historians and community leaders whose aim is to demonstrate what DNA can tell us about the origins and migrations of the world’s Jewish populations since the founding of the Jewish People approximately 3,000 years ago. This is not a story that can be compressed into a one-hour presentation, but an introduction will provide a view of the results to date.

Adam has worked extensively in all major online genealogical platforms - including Ancestry, MyHeritage, Geni, and WikiTree - and as a volunteer Geni Curator has helped countless users develop their own collaborative online projects focused on Ashkenazi and Sephardi families and their communities. He has researched his family’s Jewish origins for over three decades. His numerous groundbreaking lectures and articles have been presented at IAJGS conferences and published in AVOTAYNU. He was the Co-Chair of the IAJGS 2017 Annual Conference in Orlando.

Registration is required for this meeting.  Send an email to jgsgo.blogger@... asking to be registered. You will receive an acknowledgement of registration. A link to access the Zoom meeting will be sent to you a few days before the meeting.

Diane M. Jacobs
Winter Park, Florida

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