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Clinton County Historical Society to present The ABCs of DNA & Genealogy

September 2, 2021

On Thursday, October 7 the Clinton County Historical Society will present The ABCs of DNA & Genealogy with Jessica Trotter at 7 p.m. at AgroLiquid, 3055 M-21 in St. Johns. No pre-registration is required.

What can DNA testing tell you? What tests should I take? What does it all mean? DNA testing can be a powerful tool to wield in your genealogy toolkit. This session offers a beginner’s overview on tests, testing companies, and how you can use your results.

Jessica Trotter will be our featured speaker. A genealogist, researcher, and librarian, she is a dynamic presenter who has been a featured speaker at genealogy meetings and seminars throughout the Midwest.

Trotter, a librarian from Lansing who holds a master of science in information, archives and records from the University of Michigan, has researched her family’s African-American roots for more than 20 years. She encouraged genealogists to continue doing research and DNA testing even when it gets confusing or frustrating.

“I am not a scientist; I’m a genealogist,” the 42-year-old Trotter says. “DNA testing can be a powerful tool to wield in your genealogy toolkit. It’s an interesting tool, but you still need to be doing your paper research.”

A DNA kit from Ancestry will be given as a door prize at the end of the meeting to the person whose name is drawn. Refreshments will be provided.

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