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20 March 2021 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

GSBC 2021 Seminar
Intermediate DNA: A Four-Lecture Program with Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., The Genetic Genealogist®
Saturday, 20 March 2021, 9:30 am–4:00 pm, US Eastern
Online Seminar! ($25–$35)

Please join the Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC) as we welcome Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., The Genetic Genealogist®, for a day of intermediate DNA sessions!

On Saturday, 20 March 2021, Blaine Bettinger will present the following four live sessions and end with a Q&A period.

  • Session 1: Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry
    Y-DNA and mtDNA testing have helped genealogists break through thousands of stubborn brick walls. Learn about the unique inheritance of Y-DNA and mtDNA in your family, how these tests can be used to explore your ancient ancestry, and how the results can identify your relatives both close and distant.
  • Session 2: Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
    Even though our 18th and 19th century ancestors have been dead for decades, their DNA still survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to attack and potentially solve genealogical mysteries and brick walls for ancestors who were born or lived in the 1800’s, 1700’s, and beyond.
  • Session 3: Using DNA Painter to Map and Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
    DNA Painter is an easy-to-use third-party tool that enables you to assign segments of DNA shared with cousins to a map of your chromosomes. Together we’ll look at this powerful new tool, and how you can use it in your research.
  • Session 4: Evaluating a Genealogical Conclusion Including DNA
    Someone tells you that they’ve proven their connection to a genealogical ancestor using DNA, but have they really proven it? Did they avoid the known pitfalls? Together we will discuss the most common pitfalls when using DNA evidence and propose the minimum requirements for a genealogical proof comprising DNA.

There are a limited number of “seats” for this event. By presenter’s request, this event will NOT be recorded.

Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., has  been using traditional genealogical research to learn more about his ancestry for nearly 20 years. He has a Ph.D. in biochemistry with a concentration in genetics and is extremely interested in the recent developments in genetic genealogy. Bettinger is and instructor and lecturer, the co-author of “Genetic Genealogy in Practice” (NGS, 2016), and the author of “The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy” (2016),  and was the former editor for "The Journal of Genetic Genealogy" (2010–2012) and authors a blog at

Seminar Schedule

(All times US Eastern time. Live event, schedule subject to change.)

9:30 am Webinar sign-on begins—introduce yourself in the chat window! (We recommend joining us early so you can test your connection and get familiar with the interface buttons.)
9:45 am Welcome, Announcements, and Introduction
10:00 am Session 1: Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry
11:00 am Short Break
11:15 am Session 2: Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries 
12:15 pm Lunch Break + Door Prize Raffle—“Genetic Genealogy in Practice” (NGS, 2016) by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL
1:00 pm Session 3: Using DNA Painter to Map and Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
2:00 pm Short Break
2:15 pm Session 4: Evaluating a Genealogical Conclusion Including DNA 
3:15 pm Q&A and Seminar Wrap-up
4:00 pm Goodbye and Sign-off



Tickets are $25 for GSBC Members; $35 for non-members. (Join today and save $10 on your Seminar registration!) [The GSBC Members' discount code was provided in the 14 January Members' email.]

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Registrants will receive a link upon registration as well as a reminder about a day before the seminar.


If you need assistance, would like to join the GSBC and receive your discount, or have other questions, contact us.