What’s New in Genealogy? DNA and More!

Book cover for Trace Your Roots with DNAIf you are a family historian and wondering what’s going on around Missouri related to genealogy, then consider yourself  lucky. Here are just some of the events happening here in the heart of the country, providing opportunities to learn some new tools, techniques and how-tos.

In Columbia, at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, is the meeting of the Genealogical Society of Central Missouri. Be sure to check their website to see what topics will be discussed.  There’s always an interesting program at this gathering.

The Columbia Public Library will be hosting a special guest at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 in the Friends room.  The Presenter is Kathleen Brandt, a professional genealogical researcher and lecturer from the Kansas City area.  She will be talking about one of the hottest topics in genealogy – DNA.  Her wit and charm will delight you while you get answers to questions about the test options, how accurate tests are and – the big question – how much testing costs!  This event is free and open to the public.

Starting the very next day is the Missouri State Genealogical Association’s annual conference being held at the Stoney Creek Inn off Providence Road in Columbia. The main speaker for this event is none other than D. Joshua Taylor, a nationally known speaker on the use of technology in genealogy research.  Both D. Joshua Taylor and Kathleen Brandt are professional  researchers who worked on the family histories of some celebrities featured on “Who Do You Think You Are?”  This popular show returns this summer, airing on TLC starting July 23.

The Ozarks Genealogical Society, based in Springfield, Missouri, will be hosting their annual conference September 12 and 13.  Their guest speaker will be none other than Mark Lowe out of Tennessee.  He, too, is a great speaker on genealogical topics – especially migration patterns out of the coastal states into Tennessee and Kentucky and then on into Missouri.

Think about planning to attend one of these events!  It just might help you make your family tree grow. How much more luck do you need?

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