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DNA Interest Group (DIG)
May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The program for the May DIG meeting will be a video presentation by Leah LaPerle Larkin from the I4GG Conference, October 2016: “When Your Tree Is a Banyan: Coping with Endogamy in Genetic Genealogy.”Endogamy, the practice of marrying within a specific group, often results in members of that group being related to one another multiple ways. This can cause relatives to share more DNA than expected and can complicate analyses like ICW and segment triangulation. This talk with address how to identify and best practices for working with endogamy in genetic genealogy.
Leah Larkin holds a B.A. in biology from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in botany from The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied species relationships using DNA. She is a professional scientific editor as well as a genetic genealogist who finds great joy in reuniting families separated by adoption or other unknown parentage. As a Cajun from Louisiana, she is also actively researching best practices for the genetic genealogy of endogamous groups. Leah recently assumed the editorship of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy, which will resume publishing this fall.