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Genealogy in Your Genes: Using DNA for Genealogical Research

Written on: July 26th, 2017 in Blog PostsEvents at the Archives

(Dover, DE) On Saturday, August 5 at 10:30 a.m., Certified Genealogist Michael Hait will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives that will focus on the basics of ‘genetic genealogy’ as a way to supplement one’s traditional research and break through brick walls. This presentation will include details on Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA research. Attendees will learn about comparing their test results with other individuals and surname projects, and how to target one’s testing to discover the desired connections.

Michael Hait is a full-time professional genealogical researcher, writer, and lecturer. He has written case studies for several genealogical journals including the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. In 2012 Hait won 1st prize in the National Genealogical Society Family History Writing Competition for his article “In the Shadow of Rebellions,” exploring descendants of an enslaved woman living in 19th-century Maryland. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

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