The Jewish Genealogy Society of Colorado
"No You Don't Really Have 7,900 4th Cousins: Getting Started with Ashkenazi Jewish DNA"
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Sunday November 7, 2021
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Mountain Time Schmear, Schmooze, and Share
10 AM to 12:00 PM Program
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Schmear, Schmooze, and Share
Program starts promptly at 10 AM
DNA has the potential to be an essential and exciting genealogical tool. But many Jewish testers find their DNA results completely overwhelming and unnavigable. Based on the popular that has garnered over 110,000 views, this talk will help those with Jewish heritage learn to make sense of their DNA results. We’ll cover why our match lists are so large, (hello, endogamy!), why all our matches seem to match each other (endogamy, again!), and how to spot the meaningful matches and separate them from the faux ones. Using real-life examples of DNA success, you’ll learn techniques that will help you learn to work effectively with DNA to expand your tree.
Jennifer Mendelsohn is a seasoned journalist and ghostwriter whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, People, Slate, and USA Today. A native Long Islander now based in Baltimore, Mendelsohn serves on the board of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and is the administrator of Facebook’s Jewish genetic genealogy group. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, she is the creator of the movement known as #resistancegenealogy, a project that uses genealogical and historical records to fight disinformation and honor America’s immigrant past.
A veteran of many successful unknown parent searches, she was featured in the 2019 bestseller Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. Her work has received international media attention, including being featured on , The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Yahoo News.
Free for members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Colorado
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Ellen Beller JGSCO President