MNJGS will host Libby Copeland on March 6, 11AM central time for Discussion of Libby Copeland’s book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are, Reminder #education #dna #announcements


The Cultural Phenomenon of Home DNA Testing: A Discussion of Libby Copeland’s book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are


On March 6, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM MNJGS will host journalist Libby Copeland 

who will present a program on the extraordinary cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing. which is redefining family history. It will draw on Libby Copeland’s years of research for her new book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are (Abrams, 2020), which The Wall Street Journal calls “a fascinating account of lives dramatically affected by genetic sleuthing.” With more than 37 million people having been tested, a tipping point has been reached. Virtually all Americans are affected whether they have been tested or not, and millions have been impacted by significant revelations in their immediate families.  The presentation will discuss the implications of home DNA testing for Jewish genealogy, as well as the unique challenges of genetic genealogy for Ashkenazic Jews and other endogamous groups.


Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist and author who writes from New York about culture and science. As a freelance journalist, she writes for such media outlets as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic and Smithsonian Magazine. She has given presentations on her book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are under the auspices of JewishGen and other Jewish Genealogy groups.


The program will take place on Zoom.  For more information and to register go to


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Liba Casson-Nudell
Minneapolis, MN
Researching: NOTKIN from Minsk, Hlusk, Gomel, Zlynka and CASSON/CHAZANSKI from Nemencine, Vilnius

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