New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Lecture Series: Trace Your Roots with DNA

Date and Time
November 27, 2012


Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History
Event Details

Over the past decade, genetic genealogy has graduated from pioneering research to one more tool in our family history arsenal, but just as the number of us taking DNA tests has grown, so have our genetic options. Come hear one of the co-authors of Trace Your Roots with DNA discuss how Y-DNA and mtDNA testing can be used to shed light on the paternal and maternal branches of your family tree, as well as how new (in many respects, revolutionary), autosomal tests can reveal previously unknown facets hidden anywhere in your family's past. (P.S. Talk delivered in plain English!)

Megan Smolenyak co-authored (with Ann Turner) Trace Your Roots with DNA, in addition to several other books. She is the founder of Unclaimed Persons, a volunteer group that helps medical examiners identify the unclaimed dead, and is a frequent consultant on both the NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are?” and Henry Louis Gates PBS series, Finding Your Roots.

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Digital ID 1635873, New York Public Library

  • Audience: Adults