DNA for Genealogy

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society is hosting a special event which plans to shed some light on the mysteries of our ancestry. “DNA for Genealogy” is a special presentation hosted by Jason Porteous that will be held at the Stittsville Legion (1481 Stittsville Main St) at 1:30 PM, April 8th.

Jason is a project administrator for the Porteous Surname Project (which is hosted on the Family Tree DNA site). He has been working on his own Family Tree for over 30 years and became interested in using DNA as a research tool when he got involved in the National Geographic Genographic project. This promises to be a useful presentation for those interested in undiscovered family facts or who have reached brick-walls in their research.

A genealogical DNA test looks at a person’s genome at specific locations for the purposes of determining ethnicity and genealogical relationships. Results give information about ethnic groups the tested person may be descended from and about other individuals that they may be related to.

The programme will provide an overview of genetic genealogy testing, as well as discussing some of the actual sites and tools that can be used to do research into one match results.

Admission is open to all and parking and refreshments are free.

I highly encourage all residents with an interest in science and history to take an afternoon to learn about the phenomenon of the human genome.