Steve Morse To Speak on DNA at JGS of Conejo Valley and Ventura County Dec.11

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will be meeting on Sunday, December 11, 2011 1:30-3:45 pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Note: JGSCV has returned to meeting on Sunday afternoons

The Topic: From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were
Afraid to Ask.

The study of genetics that started with Gregor Mendel's pea experiments in 1865 has now entered the genealogy field with Megan Smolenyak's coining of the term "genetealogy" in 2000. To understand the genealogical aspects requires an understanding of some of the basic concepts.

This talk introduces genes, chromosomes, and DNA, and goes on to show how DNA is inherited. That knowledge of inheritance can be used for finding relatives you didn't know you had, learning about your very distant ancestors and the route they traveled, and determining if you are a Jewish high priest (Kohen). Examples presented include Genghis Khan's legacy, the Thomas Jefferson's affair, and the Anastasia mystery.

Speaker: Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society and more. Steve's one-step program has revolutionized how to do genealogical searches in large databases!

Everyone is eligible for the drawing of fantastic genealogical prizes for those who renew their JGSCV membership or join for 2012. You must be present to win! Light refreshments will be served celebrating Chanukah and our membership drive.

Our Schmoozing corner, which starts 15 minutes before the meeting begins will be facilitated by Hal Bookbinder, a founding member of JGSCV. This permits attendees to ask questions on brick walls and get directions on how to do their research.

Our traveling library will have categories A and C books. The books are available starting 30 minutes before the program to shortly after the program. To see which books are coming to the meeting, please see our website under
traveling library.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. (

There is no charge to attend the meeting and all are welcome to attend.

For more information including directions to the meeting, see our website

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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