DNA for Genealogists will be presented by Mary Garner Metzger at the Blue Hills Genealogical Society’s Sept. 13 meeting that will be held at the Barron Senior Center, 12 N. Third St., Barron at 6:45 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Metzger is a longtime genealogist and family historian with paternal roots in Barron County. She is a former teacher and social worker who retired to Cumberland from the Green Bay area in 2005. Metzger was raised in Ames, Iowa and came to the Green Bay area as an adult. She holds a B.S. from Iowa State University, Ames and Masters from UW-Milwaukee.
She will be discussing in non-technical terminology her experience with commercial DNA products. These include Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, and 23andMe. Similar DNA products, known to participants in the audience, may be discussed if time allows.
DNA information, combined with family records and research, can be an important tool for family search. Family historians will be encouraged to use DNA as an adjunct to the written record already accumulated. DNA can be useful for certain health research.
Other information to be discussed includes types of DNA, migration patterns, ethnicity, possible relative contacts with other individuals with similar DNA, and some possible pitfalls.