GJSCNY - Free Virtual presentation by Libby Copeland, about her book The Lost Family. Sunday, December 12th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST #dna #announcements #events


The Jewish Genealogical Society of CNY invites you to a free Zoom presentation by Libby Copeland about her book The Lost Family on December 12th at 1:00 P.M. EST.

The book: A deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives

You swab your cheek or spit into a vial, then send it away to a lab somewhere. Weeks later you get a report that might tell you where your ancestors came from or if you carry certain genetic risks. Or the report could reveal a long-buried family secret and upend your entire sense of identity. Soon a lark becomes an obsession, an incessant desire to find answers to questions at the core of your being, like “Who am I?” and “Where did I come from?” Welcome to the age of home genetic testing.


In The Lost Family, journalist Libby Copeland investigates what happens when we embark on a vast social experiment with little understanding of the ramifications. Copeland explores the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA, and the business of companies like Ancestry and 23andMe, all while tracing the story of one woman, her unusual results, and a relentless methodical drive for answers that becomes a thoroughly modern genetic detective story.

The Author: Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist who writes about culture, science and human behavior. Copeland was a reporter and editor at the The Washington Post for eleven years, has been a media fellow and guest lecturer, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio.

If you are local to the Central NY area, we are happy to tell you that the book has been made available at the ONLY independent bookstore in Onondaga County, The Golden Bee, in Liverpool. The store also has bookplates that have been signed by Libby.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Yonat Klein
Syracuse NY