Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
10:22 pm EDT
Tue, July 7, 2020

You’ve Done Your DNA, Now What?

Get the information you need about what to do now on Thursday, Sept. 13, during a lecture by Allison Ryall at the Cooper Memorial Library at 5 p.m. to help you understand DNA results. The talk is presented by Pastfinders of South Lake County Genealogical Society.

Human DNA, consisting of 23 chromosomes in various combinations, is a biological recipe for each person. It differs from person to person but is similar in people related to each other.  DNA is also responsible in determining every feature in your body.

Allison Ryall

“If you’ve already received your DNA results, we’ll teach you what to do next,” says Allison, who is a genealogy specialist for the Orange County Library System.

You don’t need your DNA results with you to attend.

“This is beginner level knowledge,” Allison says. “I’ll be explaining how to analyze the results you receive. My talk will teach someone how to take the names on their list and research them on the internet. It will help them learn to connect different generations and understand their relationships. “

To illustrate, she says when DNA results are received, they generally only list matching names of cousins and family members. However, the results don’t explain just how these people are related in your family tree.

“Results that people are sent are good for matching cousins and family relationships,” Ryall explains, “But not for your ethnicity, which can be a fluid situation.”

What is the next step to take?

At this point, Allison will show you how to do some detective work and look further into your particular ancestry with a little digging on your own. In effect, you’ll learn how to take those names and really begin learning your family history.

The event is free and open to the public. The meeting will be held at at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont. Call 352.536.2275 for information.