JGS of Greater Orlando Virtual meeting (free). Glad I Found You - the Power of DNA. #dna #announcements



October 26, 2021, 7:00 PM EDT

Glad I found you – the Power of DNA

Put "DNA testing surprises" into your search engine, and you get almost 7 million results. A Pew Research Center survey in 2019 found that about 15% of US adults have used a mail-in DNA testing service. Of those, about a quarter said they learned about close relatives they didn't know they had – in other words, a DNA surprise.

This program is about one of those surprises when a donor's family member sends in a DNA sample to a service to get a better understanding of their genealogy. Initially, the DNA test returned with no shocking results but with a deeper appreciation for their ancestry. Then, however, in the summer of 2021, a notification alert appeared with a message from a stranger. This message will be the spark that unites two families on an unexpected journey through their past and forms a new branch of their future.

Ted Chesner and Danielle Casamento will join us to share their parallel stories, what it was like to meet for the first time, and the challenges posed within their respective families. Secrets will be revealed, hearts will melt, and for Ted and Danielle, a DNA surprise that resulted in them both saying, "I'm glad I found you."

Registration is required for this meeting.  Click HERE to go to registration site.  A zoom link will be sent to registrants the week-end before the program.

Diane M. Jacobs
President, JGSGO, Florida

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