Basics of DNA Testing/Autosomal Testing

Date – Sunday, February 17, 2p-4p

Location – Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102

Attendance at the library is free and open to members and non-members. The presentation will also be offered as a free Webinar to members. To defray costs, non-members will be charged a $10 fee.

Webinar registration for members and non-members can be made by clicking here. Mail-in registrations will not be accepted.

Guest Speaker – Robert Sliwinski

Topic  Basics of DNA Testing/Autosomal Testing

Topic Summary – DNA testing for ancestry has taken off in the mainstream direct to consumer testing market. Although advertisements in today’s media are now commonplace, deciding on which test to take, which company to use, navigating DNA testing company websites, interpreting results, and contacting matches can be challenging. Let Robert from DNA Explorers demystify the process with easy to understand language, stories and humor to entertain and empower attendees with the information they need to better explore, what is on the market and their own DNA results to break down genealogical brick walls

Part 1: (30 minutes) The Basics of DNA Testing for Ancestry: This presentation covers DNA types, tests available, guide to the big three testing companies and what to expect for your money.

Part 2: (60 minutes) Navigating Autosomal DNA Results and Contacting Matches: This presentation covers the Family Finder and Relative Finder Test Results, Navigating Searches and Contacting Matches.

Bio– Robert Sliwinski, M.S. Biologist and Genetic Genealogist – DNA Explorers

Robert is the founder of DNA Explorers, a DNA for ancestry consulting service that provides easy to understand research reports for clients. Robert lectures in an easy to understand way (with a little bit of humor) on DNA testing basics to genealogy associations and clubs in the Midwest. He also creates slide presentations for family reunions so that clients can share their DNA results. Robert is a volunteer administrator for several projects at Family Tree DNA and has published articles in the Polish Genealogical Society of America’s journal “Rodziny.”

Robert can be found on Facebook under DNA Explorers.

CSI: Cemetery Research and Investigation

Date 18 November 2018 (2pm to 4pm)

Location  Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102

Attendance at the library is free and open to members and non-members. The presentation will also be offered as a free Webinar to members. To defray costs, non-members will be charged a $10 fee.

Webinar registration for members and non-members can be made by clicking here. Mail-in registrations will not be accepted.

Guest Speaker – Tina Beaird

Topic – CSI: Cemetery Research and Investigation

Topic Summary – There are many hands involved in the burial process from the county clerk to the undertaker and finally the cemetery. Each can offer clues into the circumstances surrounding your ancestor’s life and death. Did you have a family member whose body was transferred before burial? Does an ancestor have a symbol on their stone you just can’t explain? Tina will answer these questions as well as offer tips and suggestions for finding that elusive ancestor’s burial place and the types of information that may be found.

Bio –Tina Beaird is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is a Genealogy & Local History librarian at a mid-sized Chicagoland public library. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical methodology, military research and archival preservation. Tina has offered assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.

Currently, she is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association. Tina is a board director for the Northern Illinois Historic League, the Illinois State Historic Records Advisory Board and the Illinois State Genealogical Society. She volunteers her time with two local historical societies; the Oswego heritage Association and the Plainfield Historical Society.

Lifting the Fog: Using DNA to Discover Your Polish and European Ancestors

Date 19 August 2018 (2pm to 4pm)

Location  Schaumburg Township District Library  (Rasmussen South room) – 130 S. Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193

Attendance at the library is free and open to members and non-members. Library attendees (PGSA members and the public) will need to register by phone (847-985-4000) or on line at the library website – http://schaumburglibrary.org/ prior to the meeting. The presentation will also be offered as a free Webinar to members. To defray costs, non-members will be charged a $10 fee.

Webinar registration for members and non-members can be made by clicking here. Mail-in registrations will not be accepted.

Guest Speaker – Jane G. Haldeman

Topic – Lifting the Fog: Using DNA to Discover Your Polish and European Ancestor

Topic Summary – Due to wars, invasions, partitioning of lands, boundaries and name changes through the generations, DNA may be the only common connection with your ancestors. The cause of war and nation boundary movements may have obscured the paper trail of your ancestors. DNA can give us clues of where to look and what questions to ask. Learn techniques to use DNA to answer your questions.

Bio – Jane Gwynn Haldeman is a professional speaker and owner of It’s Relative with more than 25 years of research experience. The Chicago area-based genealogist lectures on a wide range of topics both locally, at national conferences, and webinar presentations. She enjoys speaking about topics including family history technology and genealogy research methodology. She is the author of A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois. Jane has been very active with the genealogical community in Illinois. She was President, Illinois State Genealogical Society; President, Fox Valley Genealogical Society; Registrar, Fort Payne Chapter NSDAR; and Registration Chair, Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference in Springfield, IL.