News Across My Desk

There have been some interesting items in my news feed I wanted to share with you this week


  • DNA relative graphic: I love a good visual. The folks at Family Tree Magazine have a graphic that was produced by Blaine T. Bettinger.  This visual will tell you the “average percentage of atDNA shared with relatives.” It is found on page 94 of his new book, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. You can learn more about ordering your own copy of this book at Family Tree Magazine.


  • Blaine’s other brand new book is being offered through National Genealogy Society. Blaine and Debbie Parker Wayne teamed up to produce, Genetic Genealogy in Practice. This book is a workbook to help you learn how to figure out the DNA relationships in your family tree. Both of these new books are receiving high marks in the reviews I’ve read thus far.


  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) still has a few seats left in the “The Coaching Lab: Forensic Genealogy from Inquiry to Affidavit” being taught by Catherine B.W. Desmarais, CG and Amber Goodpaster Tauscher. If you meet the requirements below and have an interest in forensic genealogy this class is not to be missed! 
  • “Prerequisites: Forensic genealogy is not a beginner’s specialty. Students should have at least a year’s professional genealogy experience writing genealogical research reports for multiple paying clients before considering this course. The course is also appropriate for experienced forensic genealogists who wish to improve their skills and streamline their workflow. Students need to bring a laptop computer and possess solid word processing skills.”



  • Make sure that when you hire a professional genealogist you can find them online listed with a professional organization.  Most professional genealogists are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists.


  • There are three credentialing bodies in genealogy:
  1. Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)
  2. Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG)
  3. International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen)

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