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Spring Seminar 2024: A Day with the Genetic Genealogist


March 16th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Join us on March 16th for A Day with the Genetic Genealogist. Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist and author, will provide four presentations that link the use of DNA to genealogy research. Join us as you learn how to use DNA to explore your ancestry! Tickets are $50, and lunch will be provided.


This is an in person-only event.
Refunds will only be granted through February 16, 2024.


9:00 a.m.
Check-In and Light Refreshments Available 

9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Announcements 

9:30 a.m.
Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry
Y-DNA and mtDNA testing and have helped genealogists break through thousands of stubborn brick walls. Learn about the unique inheritance of Y-DNA and mtDNA in your family, how these tests can be used to explore your ancient ancestry, and how the results can identify your relatives both close and distant.

10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
Even though our 18th and 19th century ancestors have been dead for decades, their DNA still survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to attack and potentially solve genealogical mysteries and brick walls for ancestors who were born or lived in the 1800’s, 1700’s, and beyond.

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch: Zarda BBQ with iced tea, lemonade, or bottled water 

1:15 p.m.
Formulating a DNA Testing Plan
DNA testing can be expensive, but DNA evidence is a component of exhaustive research when it is available. Identify some of the ways you can minimize costs while maximizing results by formulating a DNA testing plan early in your research.

2:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.
Using DNA Painter to Map and Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
DNAPainter is an easy-to-use third-party tool that enables you to assign segments of DNA shared with cousins to a map of your chromosomes. Together we’ll look at this powerful new tool, and how you can use it in your research.

3:30 p.m.
Prize Drawings (Must be present to win) 

3:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks 

4:00 p.m.
Event Ends
Thank You for Coming! 

Come by MGC after the seminar to check out our displays and research materials!

We are open 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Monday - Saturday and 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.


Can I buy a ticket the day of the event?
No, advance registration only. Midwest Genealogy Center has limited accommodations for seating and food. Our staff will not be able to accept any registrations the day of the event. Deadline for all registrations and payments is March 4th, 2024. 

What can/can't I bring to the event?
You may bring all devices, laptops etc. Make sure your devices are fully charged as there will be limited outlets to plug them in. Please do not bring in any outside food.

Where can I contact the organizer with any other questions?

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
We will have a list of attendees at the facility. You won't need a ticket to enter. 

What is the refund policy?
Refunds can be granted only up to FEBRUARY 16th, 2024. .

Are you able to accommodate patrons with a disability?
Yes. Our facility is wheelchair accessible, and we offer disabled parking. Please let us know if you need special seating.

Are there any special food options, or may I opt out of the lunch buffet for a reduced ticket price?
No. The menu is set and cannot be changed. The ticket price covers more than just food and is not negotiable.

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