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Tuesday, January 15 through Tuesday, June 18
"Let's Talk DNA" 6-Session Course  (Study Group)
6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St., Frankfort, Kentucky
On the third Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the library, KGS Past President Linda Colston will present sessions about how to get started in genetic genealogy. Each of these sessions will build on the one before it, guiding novices through the process:
Getting Started – Overview of various DNA testing companies, available tests, and ethics. (Jan. 15)
Ethnicity – What do those percentages and countries of origin really mean? (Feb. 19)
yDNA and mtDNA – who, what, when, why? (March 19)
atDNA – What can I do with that? (April 16)
GEDMatch – A popular third-party tool (May 21)
Other/Third-Party Resources plus a course re-cap (June 18)
Colston uses DNA in her own research and has taught DNA classes.
Please request additional information or register for the next class by calling Diane at 502-352-2665, ext. 108, or sending email to

Saturday, April 13
Researching in the State Archives  (Second Saturday)
10:30 am
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY
PRESENTER: Walter Bowman, Research Room Supervisor, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Session 1. Overview of KDLA collection. 
KDLA has many unique and underutilized resources. Learn about those hidden gems from the Research Room Supervisor.
Session 2. Using Land and Tax records.
Land Research connects a person or family to a tract of land  using  state , county  and circuit court records . Land Grants , Tax Lists and  Deeds along with Circuit Court Case Files  allows a researcher to follow a family and their neighbors over the course decades or even  centuries.
Walter Bowman is the Research Room Supervisor at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. He majored in History and Education at Berea College. 

Saturday, May 11
KGS 2nd Saturday Genealogy  (Second Saturday)
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY
Presenter: Dr. Janice C. Lovelace
Session 1: Did Your Ancestors Own Slaves? – How to research pre-Civil War census records, wils, court proceedings, business records, and newspapers to answer that question.
Session 2: Who 'Owned' Solomon? A Case Study of 19th Century African American Research – The presenter shares the story of her own search for slaveholders of her ancestors in Washington and Nelson counties of Kentucky. This session is an ideal follow-up to Session 1 and could also be helpful to librarians, volunteers, and others who help people research their history.
About the Presenter: Janice Lovelace, Ph.D. is a genealogical researcher, author and lecturer, with more than 30 years of experience. She is a frequent speaker at national and regional genealogy conferences on health and genetics, ethnic minority genealogy, and research methodology. She authored the National Genealogical Society’s continuing education course African American Roots: A Historical Perspective and is an instructor at the Midwest African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI).

Saturday, August 3
44th Annual Kentucky Genealogical Society Seminar  (Annual Seminar)
8:45 am to 4:00 pm
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY
If you have done autosomal DNA testing and taken basic steps to interpret your test results and identify a few potential cousins or ancestors, this year’s KGS Seminar is especially for you! Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., nationally known as The Genetic Genealogist, will present four sessions to help you take your own genetic genealogy research to the next level:

1. Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry –  Discovering ethnicity estimates, finding long-lost cousins, and examining specific genealogical problems.

2. Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries – Learn how to use the DNA inherited by your long-gone ancestors’ descendants to attack genealogical mysteries and brick walls.

3. Are You Doing Everything to Identify Your DNA Matches? – Examine various ways to use profiles of your matches to identify who they might be. Also examine ways to use the In Common With and the Shared Matches tools to estimate how that elusive match is related to you.

4. Introduction to Chromosome Mapping – Chromosome mapping assigns pieces of DNA you share with a known cousin to the ancestor or ancestral couple you share with that cousin. Learn more about the basics of chromosome mapping and how to use a third-party mapping tool called DNA Painter
To get details about these sessions and register for the seminar, visit To spread the word, please print and share the flyer on Page 20 of this issue.
Registration will open soon!