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A DNA expert visits the Genealogical Society

The Fayette County Genealogical Society met on October 17 with Kelli Bergheimer, a DNA expert from Powell, to present the “What You Need to Know About the 5 DNA Societies” program.

The five DNA companies are Ancestry, 23andMe, MyHeritage, LivingDNA, and FamilyTreeDNA. Kelli introduced each company by giving the specialties each company could give while doing DNA research. Attendees received a document showing the percentages of DNA that individuals share with their parents, siblings, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. in your family tree.

Family trees should be used when using DNA in genealogical research because the percentage of DNA can be similar for different relationships. A grandparent and a cousin could both share about 25% of the DNA with you, like a half-brother would. Therefore, a family tree that would give other factors such as age, other family ties, and history would be needed to determine the relationship someone would have with you.

Kelli Bergheimer is a national genealogy writer, teacher, editor and speaker. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in education: curriculum and instruction, and a master’s degree in business management. Kelli is the Director of Curriculum and Assessments for Blue Kayak, a K-12 textbook company. She also works as a DNA report writer for Legacy Tree Genealogists and contributes to Your DNA Guide.

Kelli owns two small businesses: Geo-centric Learning and Mess on the Desk, a genealogy organization company with a YouTube channel and online store. Kelli is the host of Genetics, Genealogy, and You, an online DNA interest group. She is a member of the Association of Genealogists and the Guild of Genealogical Speakers. The company is fortunate to have Kelli as its annual guest speaker on DNA.

The next meeting of the Fayette County Genealogical Society will be held Monday, November 21 in the meeting room on the ground floor of the Economic Development Building, 101 E. East St., Washington Court House at 7 p.m. Parking is next to the building on East Street. Members and their guests will enjoy a game of Fayette County genealogical history and Fayette County historical facts.

For more information regarding this meeting, membership in the Society, membership in Lineage Societies, or research, please contact Lineage President Cathy Massie White at 740-333-7227, or [email protected]Sue Gilmore, President, at 614-864-9609 or [email protected]or Peggy Lester, Research Chair, at 740-495-5720 or [email protected]

DNA expert Kelli Bergheimer (middle) spoke at a recent meeting of the Fayette County Genealogical Society. She is pictured with Cathy Massie White (left), secretary, and Sue Gilmore (right), president.