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No, You Don’t Really Have 7900 4th Cousins: DNA Basics for Those With Ashkenazi Heritage

October 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Speaker: Jennifer Mendelsohn, founder of Facebook group Jewish DNA for Genetic Genealogy and Family Research

DNA has the potential to be an essential and exciting genealogical tool. But many Eastern European Jewish testers find their DNA results completely overwhelming and unnavigable.

Based on the popular 2017 Medium piece that has garnered more than 90,000 views, this talk will help those with Ashkenazi heritage learn to make sense of their DNA results. We’ll cover why our match lists are so large, (hello, endogamy!) why all our matches seem to match each other (endogamy, again!), and how to spot the meaningful matches and separate them from the faux ones.

Using real-life examples of DNA success, you’ll learn techniques that will help you learn to work effectively with DNA to expand your tree.
Our meetings are open for members of our society only. 1-1:30 chat and check-in. Program begins promptly at 1:30. Please see our website for more information about membership.


October 25
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia