3 - part DNA Program

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Presented by the Genealogy Society of Craighead County Arkansas

Speaker: Debbie Atchley

Part 1 - Saturday, April 6, 2019
1 - 4 p.m.

Part 2 - Saturday, September 7, 2019
1 - 4 p.m.

Part 3 - Saturday, October 5, 2019
1 - 4 p.m.

Location: Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library Round Room

DNA Class 1 – Thinking of having a DNA test?

This class will cover the different types of DNA tests and the ideal use of each. We'll discuss the tests offered by the four major DNA companies. We'll also discuss the various people you should test and even touch on transferring DNA between companies. We'll do a walkthrough of the types of things an autosomal test at AncestryDNA can tell you, with or without a subscription to This process will include finding cousins and possibly determining whether that person is related to you on the maternal or on the paternal side of your family. The time allotted between Class 1 and Class 2 is scheduled to allow those who have not had a DNA test to order and receive the results from their test and even allow a little play time with the results before Class 2.

DNA Class 2 – I have my DNA results; now how do I use them?

This class assumes that all attendees have taken a DNA test and have had an opportunity to work with the results, even if only in a limited way. We'll expand on the use of autosomal DNA testing in genealogical research using results from We'll also work with the chromosome browser in the autosomal test, which will bring in three other companies - 23andMe, MyHeritage, and FamilyTreeDNA. AncestryDNA has no chromosome browser. (GEDMATCH/GENESIS will be covered in DNA Class 3.) We'll discuss the use of Y-DNA and Mitochondrial DNA testing in genealogical research by using the FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) site.

DNA Class 3 – What methods should I use to analyze my DNA test results?

The content of this class assumes that all attendees have taken at least one DNA test and have worked with their results for a while. This class will introduce some of the advanced tools for analysis, including GEDMATCH/GENESIS, DNAPainter, Genetic Affairs, and others.

Debbie Atchley

Deborah Towne Atchley has been an active member of the Tennessee Genealogical Society (TNGS) since 2008. She created the 'Let's Discuss It' program for the Society, presenting it alone for several years, and then with TNGS Member, P Z Horton, through 2017. The program is still presented monthly by a rotating group of TNGS members. Prior to joining TNGS, she was a member of the Memphis PAF User's group. She began her personal genealogical research in 1977 after watching the series, Roots, on TV.

In her professional life, she has retired from two careers, one as a software engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation, and the second as a high school math teacher. Deborah taught at schools in Incirlik, Turkey; Thomasville, Georgia; Collierville High in Collierville, TN and Houston High in Germantown, TN. She retired for the final time in 2016. In 2017, she and her husband moved across the river to Marion, Arkansas. The couple has three children who have provided them with grandchildren ranging in age from two to nineteen. As Deborah says, “Life is good.”

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