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GTHS's DNA for Genealogy with Jason Porteous

  • Stittsville Legion 1481 Stittsville Main Street Ottawa, ON, K2S 1E3 Canada (map)

What is a genealogical DNA test?

Join us for our April public programme as Jason Porteous, covers 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. He will be focusing on the use of autosomal DNA. 

 
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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. Jason recently assisted a man whose mother has an unknown father. From her test results her son was able to zero in on a very likely individual who should be her dad, a good example of how DNA can work in genealogy.

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.

The presentation at the Stittsville Legion – 1481 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville, starts at 1:30 pm and as usual, admission is open to all, parking and refreshments are free.