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For Geneology Enthusiasts, a weekend workshop “Discovering DNA Secrets”

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.

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  1. The Luther Area Study, now on Ancestry.com., includes the Founding Families of Luther featured on our old websites. For those who don’t remember those sites, these were families of homesteaders and early businessmen whose presence in Territorial Times could be documented. Today’s version covers a much greater time period and has been extended to include many families in the surrounding 8 Townships. The count is now well over 30,000 people.

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