With the incredible drop in the cost of DNA sequencing, DNA testing is now affordable for individuals, and Mr. Sage will discuss the role that it can play in genealogical research. Presentation of the basics of human genetics will clarify the essential features of the two very different categories of tests: the Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA tests on the one hand and the autosomal DNA test on the other. Examples will illustrate how conclusions can properly be drawn from results of each type of test, with an emphasis on the appropriate uses of the tests and on what can and cannot be learned from them. The talk will also briefly cover how to order and perform the tests and how much they cost.
Speaker: Jay Sage served as co-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB) from 2000 to 2003 and is currently co-editor of the Society’s journal, Mass-Pocha.