St. Tammany Genealogical Society presents:

"Understanding DNA and Your Results"

by Clarise Soper, CG

October 14, 2017

DNA testing and analysis is fast becoming a standard research tool for genealogists and, for some genealogical investigations, may be required in order to satisfy the “reasonably exhaustive search” requirement of the Genealogical Proof Standard.  It is therefore important for those undertaking genealogical research to become acquainted with the available types of DNA testing and results provided by the main companies that offer these services.     

The St. Tammany Genealogical Society and St. Tammany Parish Public Library will co-sponsor a presentation entitled Understanding DNA and Your Results with Clarise Soper.  Ms. Soper will provide participants with information regarding inheritance patterns that will assist them in choosing the optimum type of DNA testing (Y-DNA, mtDNA, or autosomal DNA) for their individual research.  She will also describe the differences in the interpretation of autosomal DNA results provided by the three major DNA testing companies: 23andme, AncestryDNA, and FamilyTreeDNA.  Join us to expand your knowledge of how DNA analysis can be used to support your genealogical hypotheses and conclusions!

This program will be presented at the St. Tammany Parish Library at 310 W. 21st Avenue in Covington, Louisiana, on 14 October 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  The program is free and open to the public.  A general meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. during which light refreshments will be served.  Reservations will be required for this event.  Please make these reservations by calling the Covington Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library at 985-893-6280.  Seating will be limited, so book your reservation early and arrive on time to preserve your reservation.

Clarise Soper, CG, is a professional genealogical researcher and lecturer.  She has been conducting genealogical research for over 30 years, specializing in research in Mississippi and Alabama.  Ms. Soper was certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® in 2014.  She is a board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists®, an administrator for the Mississippi Genealogy Researchers’ Facebook group, and a member of several other national and local organizations for whom she frequently delivers lectures.  After living in Mississippi for twenty-five years, Ms. Soper recently moved to Louisiana to accept the genealogist position with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in residence at The National WWII Museum.  Their mission is to identify and return the remains of missing military personnel to their families.

STGS Board Members for 2016-2017

President: Sheila Delacroix 
Vice President: Marguerite Scully 
Treasurer: Dick Boever 
Recording Secretary:  Sharon Webb
Corresponding Secretary: Pam Herty 
Archivist/Historian: Debbie Murphy
Board Member-at-Large: Linda Prats

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Meeting Location:

Covington Branch

St. Tammany Library 310 W. 21st Avenue

Covington, LA



September 2017