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President's Message - November 2018
Have you been thinking about doing a DNA test? Have you done one (or two or three) and need to know what to do next? Do you need to get more from the research you have already done? Then mark your calendars for our November seminar/workshop, November 10th, 9am. McKell Keeney, a genetic genealogist, will be our guest presenter. Even if you have not done a DNA test, but are considering doing so, these workshops will be of value to you.

DNA Loves Family History (Workshop)

Have you had your DNA tested? Did you know the "gold" in your DNA test results is your DNA matches? Come and practice interpreting your results and grouping your matches into genetic networks. Use the power of DNA to break down brick walls and extend your family circle. Bring your laptop if you have one, or iPad for hands-on training. Case example will be shown to demonstrate. Hands-on help.

(Preparation: test ideally, but other autosomal test results can be discussed briefly.)

Fun with DNA Painter! (Workshop)

DNA Painter has a few amazing and easy-to-learn tools that will help you learn more about your ancestors and DNA matches. Starting with the simple probability calculator and how to interpret the categories, on to colorful chromosome painting to find out which of your segments came from which ancestors and finishing with What are the Odds? (WATO) charting to narrow down where someone might fit in a family tree. Bring your laptop if you have one, or iPad to follow along with some exercises.

(Preparation: DNA test and upload to - use initials or an alias username and a new email address without identifying information if you would like a higher level of privacy)

For maximum benefit, donít forget to bring your laptops, or tablets, to the workshops. The workshops will be at the LDS Inter-Stake Center, 830 E 2nd Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204. Enter through the north doors.

Donít forget the FHSA Indexing Group at We only have 10 members and I hope that there are more than 10 of us are indexing. If you have tried to access the site and have had issues, drop me a note and I can assist you.

Also, the location of FamilySearch Centers with access to FamilySearch restricted records and premium sites is still being updated. You can view these at, or on

Richard Young
FHSA President 2018-2019
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