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bettingerDecode Your Past Using DNA
Glen Allen High School (Note new location)

Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
Nationally known lecturer, author and expert in genetic genealogy, the use of DNA in genealogical research, will discuss these topics:

Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry
In the beginning we only had Y-DNA and mtDNA to explore our genetic heritage. Now, autosomal DNA reveals far more information. Ethnicity can be estimated, long-lost cousins found, and specific genealogical problems solved.

Are You Doing Everything to Identify Your DNA Matches?
We will examine multiple techniques to identify your matches based on their profile. Then use the “In Common With” and the “Shared Matches” tools to estimate how that elusive match is related to you.

Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
DNA from our ancestors who lived in the 1800s, 1700s and earlier survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to solve genealogical mysteries and overcome brick walls. We’ll examine case studies of how others have solved 18th and 19th century mysteries.

Using DNA Painter to Map Your DNA
DNA Painter is one of the newest third-party tools available to genealogists. An easy-to-use online service, DNA Painter enables you to assign shared DNA segments to a map of your chromosomes. This allows you to see which ancestors might have given which piece of DNA, and thus how new matches are related.

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Help spread the word about our Fall Conference! A free set of bookmarks in PDF format is available on the Resources page to download and print. Share them with friends and other genealogical groups so that everyone will be informed and ready to secure their seats when registration opens. Watch for the full registration brochure, coming soon!

GRIVA’s 2013 Fall Conference has been set for Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, VA. Our speaker will be genealogist Paul Milner.

Meet Paul Milner

Crossing The Pond: Searching England & Ireland

Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
Learn about the routes taken and the reasons for the emigration from Ireland to the U.S. and Canada before, during and after the famine. Learn how this mass movement of people can affect your research, plus what tools and records are available to trace your Irish ancestor.

Irish Maps and Tools for Finding the Right Place
Learn about the different ways to describe locations in Ireland, understand the creation of maps and the importance of the Irish Ordnance Survey both physically and culturally. Learn about the different types of maps that exist and how to access and read them.

Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes, images and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context.

Finding Your 17th Century Ancestors in England
Identify the best genealogical resources, original and published, to use for 17th Century research in England, and how to jump the gap created by England’s Civil War.

Print out three Conference Bookmarks to share with family, friends, and community groups.

Check back soon for conference brochure, pricing, and registration information.

Due to an error at the print shop, one page of the 2011 Fall Conference Cousins List was not included in the handout. The missing surnames and associated researchers may be viewed by clicking on this link:

Omitted Page.


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