Maine Genealogical Society's

2016 Spring Workshop 

with featured speaker  

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Augusta Elk's Club
397 Civic Center Drive
Augusta, ME 

A Quick Overview

The Maine Genealogical Society has planned a day long Workshop devoted to DNA Genetic Genealogy. This workshop starts with an interesting keynote address by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. Dr. Bettinger is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. 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.

Dr. Bettinger will be the only speaker throughout the day. In addition to the Keynote Address, he will also deliver three additional presentations throughout the day dealing with DNA Genetic Genealogy as well as take part in a Question and Answer panel at the end of the day.

And if you are not a member, join now! Submit you membership application with your conference registration and you can take advantage of member discounts for both the workshop registration fees and for any MGS book purchases you may make on the day of the event.  Plus, you'll instantly be added to our mailing list for our quarterly newsletter and our scholarly journal, The Maine Genealogist.

To stay up to date on all the conference activities or to learn more about the Maine Genealogical Society, visit our blog

Day At A Glance



Welcoming Comments
MGS President, Helen Shaw

Introduction to DNA
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

In addition to learning about Y and mtDNA, we'll learn about the newst tools available to genetic genealogists, autosomal DNA.  Genealogists can use these tools together with traditional research to explore their ancient ancestry, find genetic relatives and break through brick walls.

Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Genealogy
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Y-DNA and mtDNA testing are the workhorses of genetic genealogy and have helped genealogists break through thousands of stubborn brick walls. Learn about the unique inheritance of Y-DNA and mtDNA in your family tree, how these tests can be used to explore your ancient ancestry, and how the result can identify your relatives, both close and distant. 

Luncheon Buffet 


Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Even though our 18th and 19th century ancestros have been dead for decades, their DNA sill survives in their descendants.  In this lecture we'll 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 or earlier.  Together we'll also examine some of the ways that leaders in the field have attacked or solved their own family history mysteries using autosomal DNA. 

Using Third Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Although DNA testing companies provide their own analysis of test results, there are free third party tools that allow test takers to learn even more about their genomic heritage, including admixture calculators and identification of genetic cousins.  Together we'll close out the formal presentation time expploring some of these tools and learning how to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Question & Answers

Even after a day of lectures regarding DNA as it relates to genealogy, we know there will be more questions. Dr. Bettinger has graciously offered to allow some free time at the end of the day to help with answering some of those nagging questions and trying to make sure you've got the most out of the day's topics.  Feel free to join in with your own questions, or justs it and listen to what other's have to say.  This time is intended to be as interactive as possible to ensure everyone walks away feeling a little more confident about taking the next steps in researching their genetic genealogy.

Closing Remarks