Speaker: Jennifer Mendelsohn
DNA has the potential to be an essential and exciting genealogical tool. But many Jewish testers find their DNA results completely overwhelming and unnavigatable. Based on the popular 2017 Medium piece that has garneted more than 90,000 views, this talk will help those with Ashkenazi heritage learn to make sense of their DNA results. We'll cover why our match lists are so large, (Hello endogamy!) why all our matches seem to match each other (endogamy, again!) and how to spot the meaningful matches and seperate them from the faux ones. Using real-life examples of DNA success, you'll learn techniques that will help you learn to work effectively with DNA to expand your tree.
Jennifer Mendelsohn is a Baltimore-based freelance journalist, Mendelsohn is a passionate genealogist and the creator of #resistancegenealogy, viral Twitter burns in which she confronts anti-immigration public figures with their own family histories. The ancestors she finds often have plenty in common with the immigrants they’re now condemning. A former People magazine special correspondent and Slate columnist, her work has appeared in numerous local and national publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Washingtonian, Tablet, Medium, McSweeney's, and Jezebel.
Sponsor: The Jewish Genealogy Society of Central Maryland