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Tuesday, January 15 through Tuesday, June 18
"Let's Talk DNA" 6-Session Course  (Study Group)
6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St., Frankfort, Kentucky
Starting Jan. 15, KGS will partner with the Paul Sawyier Public Library in downtown Frankfort to launch a six-session course designed for genealogists who want to add DNA to their research toolbox. The course is part of the KGS commitment to help researchers prepare for Seminar 2019 (Aug. 3, 2019), which will feature renowned genetic genealogist Dr. Blaine Bettinger.
On the third Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the library, KGS Past President Linda Colston will present sessions about how to get started in genetic genealogy. Each of these sessions will build on the one before it, guiding novices through the process:
Getting Started – Overview of various DNA testing companies, available tests, and ethics. (Jan. 15)
Ethnicity – What do those percentages and countries of origin really mean? (Feb. 19)
yDNA and mtDNA – who, what, when, why? (March 19)
atDNA – What can I do with that? (April 16)
GEDMatch – A popular third-party tool (May 21)
Other/Third-Party Resources plus a course re-cap (June 18)
Colston uses DNA in her own research and has taught DNA classes.
If interested in taking the course, please register online prior to the first class. For more information, contact Linda at or Diane at or (502) 352-2665, ext. 108.

Saturday, February 9
KGS 2nd Saturday  (Second Saturday)
10:30 am
100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601
Kathy Reed 
Lecture 1) Ethnicity Estimates --Don't Exchange Your Lederhosen for a Kilt Just Yet
We are all aware that genealogy companies provide "ethnicity estimates," but why are those estimates so inconsistent among the different companies? Come hear the explanation.
1. How reliable are ethnicity estimates?
2. What is the science behind the estimates?
3. What is a "reference population"?
4. Is one company better than the others for your research question?
5. What changes in the science are anticipated?
Lecture 2) Diseases of Our Ancestors – Lives Altered and Cut Short
Life expectancy at birth in the mid-19th century was around 40 years for males and 42 years for females. This was largely explained by high infant mortality rates. A child who lived to the age of 5 could be expected to live until the age of 55. Take a trip back in time and try to imagine the many challenges faced by our ancestors whose survival ultimately resulted in our existence.
About the Speaker
Kathy R­­­­­eed has been researching her German, Irish, and English roots for the past 18 years. She is involved with the Hamilton County Genealogical Society, currently serving in the role of Director-at-Large, and leads a regional DNA Interest Group. She shares her family history through the publication of two blogs and has had several articles published in genealogical publications. Kathy is a frequent speaker in southwest Ohio and Kentucky.

Saturday, March 9
KGS 2nd Saturday  (Second Saturday)
10:30 am
100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601
Randell Jones
Session 1: “Daniel Boone Before Kentucky” shares through engaging storytelling the exciting and formative 35 years of Daniel Boone’s life before he came to Kentucky. He lived 21 of those years in North Carolina, where he married and where most of his children were born.

Session 2: Other Lives of Daniel Boone” reveals some surprising stories of three women in Daniel Boone’s life across three generations. Through sharing a host of images, we look at the ways America has embraced, celebrated, and commemorated America’s pioneer hero Daniel Boone through the years.
About the speaker:
Randell Jones is an award-winning author and storyteller from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His several history books include In the Footsteps of Daniel BooneTrailing Daniel Boone, and Before They Were Heroes at King’s Mountain. In 2014, he received the national History Award Medal from the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution in recognition of his body of work during the prior ten years. He also has received two Kentucky History Awards from the Kentucky Historical Society. He consulted for 12 years with the then-Superintendent of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, a unit of the National Park Service. Since 2007, he has served as an invited member of the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council. He has spoken often in Kentucky and from Pennsylvania to Florida.
Jones is a writer and historian by avocation. He has two engineering degrees from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His interest in history began after he located his North Carolina Jones ancestors on the west side of the Appalachian Mountains after the American Revolution and before Tennessee became a state. Since then, he has discovered his immigrant Jones ancestor arriving in Virginia in 1663 from Cardiganshire, Wales. His wife had a lovely name until she married him and became “Mary Jones,” never again to be identified with a modicum of confidence within official records. They have two adult daughters (who wisely became the more distinguishable Quigley and Challener) and two grandchildren.