Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain DNA talk with Gil Bardige -"Help! Just got my DNA results and am confused" #announcements #events #dna #unitedkingdom

Peter Heilbrunn

Date: Sunday January 9th 2022
Time: 14:00 London; 09:00 New York; 16:00 Jerusalem; 15:00 Switzerland
Title: “Help! I Just Got My DNA Results and I’m confused!” (Updated - Beginner/Intermediate Level) – Part 1

Subtitle: Prioritize your match lists, get organized and thus reduce the stress and confusion.
Speaker: Gil Bardige.
Description: Geared to beginners and even more to all those who have tried to make use of their DNA matches but just can't make it work. If you are overwhelmed by the thousands of cousins listed who have different surnames and different ancestral towns this is for YOU. This presentation will provide specific guidance on how to use DNA as an effective tool in your genealogy tool belt; including, if there is time, a brief case study that outlines the process. This presentation will show specific examples from the 4 major testing companies to clarify ethnicity estimates. Then, more importantly, we will look at detailed views of what realistic matches look like even with endogamy, and the proper specific steps to take for prioritization then making contact. We want the match's help with your family tree. At the end of the presentation, you will be able to say, “now I get it...I know what to do.”

Part two of Gil's talk, which is aimed at intermediate and advanced users will be held online in February. An opportunity to register will be announced ahead of the meeting.

Gil Bardige lives the Columbus Ohio area. A graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, Gil is recently retired after a long career in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration most recently as a National Business Development Leader for Trane. At the “instruction” of his mother, Gil began his genealogy adventure in 1979 with 54 people in his tree. Today his family tree including Mishpocha, is over 2000 people tracing 4 branches back to his 5th great grandfathers born about 1740. His families arrived in Chicago in the early 20th century in the early 1900s.
For the last 13+ years Gil has expanded his knowledge base to Genetic Genealogy, testing at each of the four major DNA companies and currently manages three Y-DNA projects at Family Tree DNA as a Volunteer Administrator. He loves to help people manage their expectations and begin to remove confusion from the DNA results whether it’s, Y-DNA, mtDNA, or Autosomal DNA.
Gil is the new Chair of the Genealogy Committee of the Columbus Jewish Historical Society (JGS). He had spoken at a number of local events and international conferences, including at IAJGS in Orlando, Cleveland, Virtual San Diego and Virtual Philadelphia.
Gil is a firm believer that you can use DNA results as a tool in your genealogical research as it generates clues that can help people confirm/deny relationships. His speaking style is high energy (you won’t be bored) and he loves to take questions. People have said of his presentations, “Thank you, Gil, I am no longer confused!”
After the talk, there will be an opportunity for Q&A on the talk. 

This talk is open to non members of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain at a cost of £5. To register and reserve your place go to  


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have problems registering or joining please email chairman@... 

Peter Heilbrunn
Amersham, England

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