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October 9, 2019

Contact: Beth Wylie
Oklahoma Genealogical Society
Office: 405-625-5090

Oklahoma Genealogical Society and Oklahoma Historical Society to Host DNA Workshop

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Genealogical Society and the Oklahoma Historical Society will host “Discovering DNA Secrets,” a workshop explaining genetic genealogy, on October 11 and 12, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center, located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. Workshop instructors include two nationally recognized experts on genetic genealogy, Blaine Bettinger and Melissa A. Johnson.

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is the author of “The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy,” and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning “Genetic Genealogy in Practice,” the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook. He also co-authored “Genetics for Genealogy” with Judy Russell in 2018’s “Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice and Standards,” edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Melissa Johnson is a Certified Genealogist® with expertise in New Jersey research from the colonial period to the present day. She is on the faculty of the Boston University Genealogical Research Program, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research. She has previously served on the faculty of the British Institute and the Forensic Genealogy Institute.

To register online or download a registration form, please visit okgensoc.org. Cost for this two-day event is $75. Cost for one day only is $55. Registration for both days plus recorded webinars is $99.

The Oklahoma Genealogical Society was created to bring together interested persons for discussion and exchange of information, to study research methodology, to issue publications, to collect and preserve data and to assist members with their genealogical research and writing. For more information, please visit okgensoc.org.

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


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