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Upcoming Genealogy and History Meetings
DNA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
The GENCOM SIG will meet Wednesday, 8 October 2014 at 10:00 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Broadmoor Branch Library, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, Shreveport, LA. The DNA Special Interest Group meets monthly and is a DNA workshop which will meets on the second Wednesday of each month. DNA Special Interest Groups meet to discuss the application of DNA testing to genealogy research. Genealogical research using DNA testing started in about the year 2000. In 2004, researchers began using the tests to solve genealogical problems, as well as searching for a possible match. DNA SIG is an informal meeting and is for anyone who has tested and for anyone who is considering testing. Many DNA questions are resolved by just talking in a small group setting or one on one basis. Anyone interested in DNA Testing for genealogy research is welcome to attend our meetings. All meetings are free and open to the public. For more information and details call (318) 773-7406 or email email@example.com.
GENCOM GENEALOGICAL COMPUTER SOCIETY
The GENCOM Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, 26 October 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Broadmoor Branch Library, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, Shreveport. We will be celebrating Family History Month 2014 with a special meeting we call GENTECH. For this meeting we are asking that members and guests of GENCOM take some time to present to our group and guests some of the computer technology and traditional research tools they use in their family history research. The goals of this meeting will be to inform our membership about some of the genealogy research tools that they may not realize are available for their research. We will introduce our guests to the activities of GENCOM and the benefits of belonging to a local genealogical society. GENCOM members will be available to answer questions and provide advice to anyone interested in genealogy/family history research, whether they are beginners or experienced researchers. Everyone is welcome and the meeting is free and open to the public. For more information and details call (318) 773-7406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Meetings meet monthly on the following days at Podnuh’s Bar-B-Q.
Caddo-Bossier Window Users and Microsoft Windows SIG Groups – Second Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
GENCOM members Bernie and Glenda Conradi conduct this Special Interest Group and all members of GENCOM should find them of interest.
J. C. Barnett’s Word/Excel SIG Group has moved their meeting and will meet with Bernie Conradi’s Windows Class. These classes are held the third Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church, 290 Idema Street off Linwood Avenue. If you need help in either Microsoft Windows and Word or Excel, these are the meetings to attend.
At our GENCOM DNA Special Interest Group meetings, I have been asked several times how to correspond with your matches on your DNA results. On her blog, Roberta Estes lists twenty three ways not to correspond or respond to your matches. Even though she lists the “Do Nots” you can probably pick up many hints about how to properly communicate.
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For most people, being a PITA doesn’t come naturally….so you might need some help knowing how to be one, or perhaps perfecting your PITA skills. Yes, in case you’re wondering….my tongue is firmly implanted in my cheek.
For genetic genealogists, there are special ways to be a PITA. Let me share some of these with you, just so you can fine tune and add to your PITA skills.
First and maybe the best ways to be a PITA, right off the bat.
1. Send e-mails with no subject or punctuation and an indecipherable topic, especially to someone you’ve never communicated with before. Here’s an example. You can just copy and paste this and send it to anyone you want to irritate or confuse.
“i would love to have any information you…
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Originally posted on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy:
Family Tree DNA has launched a new Learning Center. Meant to be much more comprehensive and interactive than their previous FAQs, with everything available in one centralized place, the new Learning Center encompasses a blog, the former FAQs, Webinar information including currently scheduled and archived past Webinars available, FTDNA’s Forum, a link to group projects, Users Guides, Group Administrator Guides and tools, a glossary, links to scientific papers and more.
In fact, the site is so comprehensive that there is even a tutorial about how to utilize the Learning Center.
One of the best aspects of the Learning Center is that it’s fully searchable. Just as a test, and because I’m a skeptic, I typed the word “heteroplasmy” into the search field. This term, if you’re not familiar, is a relatively obscure term for mitochondrial DNA. About 2% of the people who take a full sequence test will have a heteroplasmic mutation…
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 23 trips to carry that many people.
FAMILY TREE DNA TEST SALE!For the remainder of the year FTDNA has a sale on their Y-DNA and Full mtDNA tests. You can get details and order the tests at this website http://www.familytreedna.com/products.aspx. If you have any questions about these tests email me or call me at (318) 773-7406.