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Spit and You Shall Find! atDNA Identifies a Charming Scoundrel

  • 7 Mar 2020
  • 1:30 PM
  • Newberry Library

This entertaining lecture is a case study integrating traditional documentary research and analysis of atDNA and X-DNA test results to identify the biological father of Karen's paternal great-grandmother. Skill demonstration includes:

  • creation of a targeted DNA testing plan
  • reasonably exhaustive research in both documentary and genetic sources
  • correlation of shared DNA among members of a focal study group of genetic matches
  • elimination of competing hypotheses using inferential reasoning
  • X-DNA analysis
  • evaluation of match pedigrees

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG, is an author and lecturer focusing on topics related to using
genetic evidence correlated with documentary evidence to solve genealogical brick walls. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and has completed
advanced graduate study in Social Anthropology at the Colegio de Michoacan, Mexico. Her
genealogical practice specializes in Midwestern U.S., Chicago, and Mexican research as well as
complex problem-solving, unknown parentage, and DNA analysis. She is a coordinator and faculty
member at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. She received the NGSQ Award for Excellence for her complex
evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Most recently, she published “Drowning in DNA? The Genealogical Proof Standard Tosses a Lifeline” in Debbie Parker Wayne’s book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a Trustee and is chair of the standing DNA Committee.


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