DNA Events​

Upcoming DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island Events

Meetings begin promptly at 10:30 am

(Be in your seat on time to be eligible to win a door prize)

Sat Feb 1


DNA Cluster Headaches

Have you tried any of the several auto-clustering programs out there? These programs take your DNA matches and put them in clustered squares that are supposed to tell you who is related to whom. They can be a great way to get an overview of your DNA matches—and can be incredibly intimidating to deal with.

We’ll go over some of the options for auto-clustering, including programs by Jonathan Brecher (Shared Clustering) and Evert-Jan Blom (Genetic Affairs, also licensed by My Heritage and GEDMatch). We’ll take a look at how they work, the information we can get from the results, and what else we can do with the data.

We’ll also talk about manual clustering (creating these types of charts by hand in a spreadsheet program) and why this is sometimes the better option.

Finally, we’ll explore other tools that can give you various ways to look at your DNA matches.

Welcome to a world where data visualization for family history is so much more than basic trees.
Lecture by: Merrill Loechner, Board member of the DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island

DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island at the Sachem Public Library 

Sat Mar 7


A Matter of Standards: DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard 

As a type of genealogical evidence, DNA is both unique and very mainstream. Despite its differences, we also need to apply tried and true genealogical criteria to the use of DNA test results in genealogy in order to meet the Genealogical Proof Standard. This begins with reasonably exhaustive research and incorporates good citation practices, thorough analysis and correlation of data, and resolution of conflicts, all of which are essential if we are to reach a sound conclusion.

Lecture by: Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist,  JD, CG, CGL

DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island at the Sachem Public Library

Sat Apr 4


Bring Your Family Tree and Find Your DNA Cousins Day
Members will be bringing a stand-alone tri-fold version of their family tree. We'll walk around the room to see if others, among us, share our ancestors.
Exciting cousin connections are sure to be made! 

Additionally, Patricia Ann Kellner will present a mini-lecture about Ancestry's ThruLines and MyHeritage's Theory of Family Relativity. These tools will help you identify your DNA match connections.

DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island at the Sachem Public Library

Sat May 2


Caitlin Hollander

Info coming soon...

DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island at the Sachem Public Library

Sat Jun 6


3rd Annual DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island Members Celebration
Put it on your calendar and join us for this very special day for our members.
DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island members will share a short lecture of their greatest DNA victory of the year. Come hear their wonderful stories. We're also feasting at our food fest. Members are asked to bring an ethnic food item from one of your DNA ancestral ethnicities. Gluten-free dishes are also requested. Lastly, members will be showing off their DNA clothing or accessory item in our annual DNA fashion show. Prizes will be awarded for the best ethnic food dish, the best DNA food, the best gluten-free food, the best DNA costume, and more. 

Registration is REQUIRED for this special event. 

DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island at the Sachem Public Library