DNA Interest Group (DIG)

3rd Saturday of each month (except December)
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cole Library Community Room
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

About DIG

The DNA Interest Group is a special interest group of NSDCGS designed to educate and inform people about the use of DNA testing for genealogical purposes through lectures on DNA plus small group discussions and individual help with DNA results. Open to all levels of computer/genealogy experience.

Upcoming Speakers and Topics

February 17

Using Genome Mate Pro” presented by Teri Callahan, NSDCGS DIG Co-Chair

Teri Callahan, DIG Co-Chair, will be presenting videos and work sessions dedicated to using the Genome Mate Pro software program to track DNA matches. The videos and work sessions will be interleaved to provide maximum guidance for setup, data loading, and application of the information that results from use of Genome Mate Pro.  Attendees should bring a laptop loaded with the current version of Genome Mate Pro, have uploaded their raw DNA to GedMatch.com (at least 5 days in advance of the class) and saved their gedcom to a file.  Detailed Instructions will be sent in advance to individuals on the DIG mailing list.  If you are not on the DIG mailing list and wish to be, send your request to DIG@nsdcgs.org.

This session is in direct response to a request for classes for Genome Mate Pro and how to use DNA analysis tools.

March 17

Tips and Tricks from the Genetic Genealogy Trenches” presented by Carol Isbister Rolnick

Carol Isbister RolnickIt’s a familiar scene – you are trying to connect your unknown DNA matches, but get frustrated by the lack of trees and information. For both unknown family searches, and traditional genetic genealogy, you must wade through a sea of indifferent and non-responsive DNA matches to get the information you need. Join Carol as she shares tips on identifying your matches, making phone calls and sending effective messages and also creating charts to visualize your match groups. Learn best practices she uses every day in her unknown parentage casework and follow along as she shares stories and examples from recently solved DNA mysteries.

Carol Isbister Rolnick earned her BS in Business from Purdue University. Bitten by the genealogy bug from an early age, Carol discovered an even greater passion for genetic genealogy beginning in the very early days of testing. The field satisfies her love of science, big data and an insatiable desire help others solve personal mysteries. In addition to her work with The DNA Detectives, Carol has an independent consulting company,  Rolnick Research

Past Topics

January 20
“Back to Basics” presented by Kitty Munson Cooper