Mixing DNA with a Paper Trail

Dr Penny Walters, author of ’Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’ and ‘The Psychology of Searching’ (Amazon) in this session, will take people past receiving their DNA results, and just looking at their ethnicity estimates. How to merge DNA results with an established paper trail will be explained, and how these two methods can interact with each other, to devise a better-informed tree will be explored. Useful information for adopted people will be given. We will look at the advantages and disadvantages of different tests, a variety of helpful methods, putting DNA on different sites, including GEDmatch. Collaborating with matches and successfully merging DNA results with an evidence-based tree can lead to a more informed family history narrative, although some ethical dilemmas may arise. www.searchmypast.co.uk

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society and we request a donation of £3 from non-members. Pre-booking is required, because the meeting link will emailed in advance. Booking ends one day before event. 

To join in this branch meeting, you will need a computer device which has a microphone and speakers. Ideally, also a webcam. You also need to be able to access emails from this device. First time users will be asked to download a small piece of software to join the meeting.  The meeting link will be emailed to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact  .

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27 Jul 2021


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19:30 - 21:30
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  • Dr Penny Walters
    Dr Penny Walters
    University Lecturer and Author

    Dr. Penny Walters has been a University lecturer for 30 years in Psychology and Business Studies. Penny’s interest in genealogy started after having her first child and then wondering about her biological parents, as she was adopted. DNA testing has revealed 94% Irish heritage; and fascinating insights into her children’s heritage. Penny lectures internationally in-person, presents webinars, and writes articles about a variety of genealogy topics. Penny has authored the books: ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy,’ and ‘The Psychology of Searching’ both available in paperback or kindle on Amazon. www.searchmypast.co.uk

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