Lois Abromitis Mackin will present “Why Use DNA for Genealogical Research” at a 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, program at the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul.
Abromitis Mackin is a certified genealogist with a Ph.D. in history from Brown University.
She will explain some of the basics of DNA testing, the types of tests available for tracing ancestry and the current DNA testing companies. She will also cover some guide books for beginning genealogy. Emphasis will be placed on atDNA (autosomal DNA) in both males and females, where results can be used to show connections for all ancestral lines back as far as five to six generations, in some cases.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dick Thill at 651-452-5926.