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Using DNA to Identify Enslaved Ancestors

2020-03-12 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm


Event Details

In March 2019 the Board for Certification of Genealogists published standards for the use of DNA test results to establish genealogical proof of a genetic relationship. This webinar will focus on the application of these standards when reconstructing the lineage of enslaved ancestors, a process that presents unique challenges due to involuntary separations that severed family ties, records that rarely identified the enslaved by surnames, and other factors that could affect the determination of genetic relationships.

About our Speaker

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL(SM),is a trustee and President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She earned a BA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and both a Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from the New York University School of Law. After working as a corporate tax attorney for thirty-five years, she retired in 2013 and turned her attention to her longtime avocation of Genealogy. LaBrenda has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, among other publications. In 2016 she published A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina and Selected Finding Aids, a book that was widely hailed as a model for research in South Carolina and other states. She was the mentor of ProGen 37, and the SLIG 2019 Course Coordinator for “1619-2019: Four Hundred Years of African American Genealogy.” She is also on the faculty of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records. LaBrenda received the 2019 “Distinguished Service Award” from the Utah Genealogical Association “for her instrumental guidance in support of new programs and codified policies for SLIG.”



8:00 pm - 9:15 pm