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Science Tuesday: Will DNA Testing Help My Family History Research?

March 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
1 PM to 2 pm
Rockville Senior Center
1150 Carnation Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

Will DNA Testing Help My Family History Research?
Exploring the Capabilities and Limitations
John M. Butler, Ph.D.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST Fellow & Special Assistant to the Director for Forensic Science
Genetic ancestry testing is a growing market with over 26 million people examining their DNA in recent years. DNA testing will not solve all your family history questions but can provide helpful associations in some cases. Tests provided by FamilyTree DNA, Ancestry, and 23andMe will be discussed. Using a case study, we will examine the capabilities and limitations of advancing your family history research with DNA testing. We will also discuss the recent use of investigative genealogical testing by law enforcement to capture the Golden State Killer.
John M. Butler has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Virginia. He did his graduate work in the FBI Laboratory’s Forensic Science Research Unit at Quantico, Virginia, where he pioneered the techniques now used worldwide for forensic DNA testing. Dr. Butler has written over 175 scientific research articles and five textbooks on Forensic DNA Typing and has given hundreds of presentations on the subject across the U.S. and in 26 other countries. He and his wife are parents of six children, all of whom have been proven to be theirs through the power of DNA testing.


March 12
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Rockville Senior Center
1150 Carnation Dr
Rockville, 20850 United States
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