13 2023

JGSO: From DNA to Genetic Genealogy

10:30AM - 12:30PM  

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Contact Janice Sellers
971-266-0005 (leave message)

The JGS of Oregon presents the Zoom talk "From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask" by Steve Morse. The study of genetics that started with Gregor Mendel's pea experiments in 1865 entered the genealogy field with Megan Smolenyak's coining of the term "genetealogy" in 2000. To understand the genealogical aspects requires an understanding of some of the basic concepts. This talk introduces genes, chromosomes, and DNA and goes on to show how DNA is inherited. That knowledge of inheritance can be used to find relatives you didn't know you hadand to learn about your very distant ancestors and the routes they traveled. Examples presented include Genghis Khan's legacy, the Thomas Jefferson affair, and the Anastasia mystery.

Steve Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website, for which he received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from IAJGS, the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, the first ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies. In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, and written four textbooks and holds four patents.

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Sponsor: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon