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“Mixing DNA Results with a Paper Trail” – a talk by Dr. Penny Walters

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This meeting has been cancelled in light of new Government guidance on Coronavirus.

Penny explains how to merge established paper trails with DNA results, the biology and jargon of which can be overwhelming. Through DNA testing people receive ethnicity estimates, a heritage map, a list of people that DNA matches (overlaps) with, and the opportunity to contact and collaborate if they wish. Many people only focus on that ethnicity result and don’t know what to do with the other information. Advantages and disadvantages of different tests are explored, a consanguinity provided and useful information for adoptees, and triangulation explained. Penny will show how to add ‘useful’ DNA matches to your Tree to inform a restructured paper trail. She will also outline a variety of ethical dilemmas.

Dr. Penny Walters’ PhD researched ethical dilemmas, and she is a University Lecturer in Psychology and Business Studies. Adoptee Penny lectures internationally about genealogical topics, and regularly writes articles for Family Tree magazine. DNA testing and collaboration with 2nd and 3rd cousin matches has revealed 91% Irish heritage, and has also revealed fascinating insights into her childrens’ cultural heritage. Penny has also published two books – “Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy” and The Psychology of Searching”.

N.B. Non-members Welcome  £2 on the door


March 17
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sue and Pete Redfearn


St George’s Church – Large Hall
Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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