Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Preparing for the PGS Annual Seminar

Are you prepping for this Saturday's PGS annual seminar? A little background on DNA would be helpful. An interesting article on autosomal DNA testing by Judy Russell appears in the October-December 2011 (Vol. 37, No. 4) issue of NGS Magazine. Autosomes are the chromosomes that don't determine the sex of the individual.

For a long time, it didn't appear that the autosomes could be useful in genealogical research, but the technology of DNA testing has developed to the point now where this is no longer true. The article is a good primer on why autosomal DNA testing may just be in your future if you're still trying to break down one of those resistant brick walls.
As Russell says, "Autosomal DNA testing offers ... a glimpse into ancestral heritage, a way to test specific theories about families, and a fun way to find cousins we may know nothing about and even secrets about our familes."
This issue of NGS Magazine should be available in the Genealogy Center of Largo Public Library.

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