DNA Basics at Denver Library next Tuesday
If you are thinking about purchasing a DNA test kit, the Denver Genealogy & History Club is offering a free program at the Denver Public Library on Tuesday, Apr. 23 at 2 PM.

There are many test kits available through companies like Ancestry, 23 & Me, and more. They are easy to do, relatively inexpensive, and provide clues to one’s ethnic history.

Theresa Liewer, from the Iowa Genealogy Society in Des Moines, will be at the library to present “DNA Basics.” Liewer is the former president of the IGS and moderates the monthly DNA Interest Group that meets there.

Liewer will discuss the three DNA tests — Y, mtDNA, and Autosomal — in layman’s terms, and talk about the major testing companies and what information these tests can offer the user. She will review real results on the various websites, answer common questions, such as “Why doesn’t my Native American ancestry show up in my results?” and “What are the privacy issues I should be considering?”

The program is free and open to the public. If you are interested in attending this program, contact Denver Public Library at 319-984-5140 or email kplatte@denver.lib.ia.us. to pre-register so space is available and enough handouts are provided.

The Denver Genealogy & History Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. A speaker on genealogy or local history is featured at each meeting at the Denver Public Library. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Future Meetings

Upcoming, the group will host Larry Nerge, a genealogist from the Family History Center in Seminole, Florida for a workshop on “Researching Your German Roots.” Nerge has gathered an extensive database of family names in Bremer County, in particular those having connections to St. John’s Maxfield Church, the oldest church in Bremer County. This special workshop will take place on Tuesday, May 14 from 2-4 PM.

At the group’s regular meeting on Tuesday, May 28, at 2 PM, Ellie Hilbert from the Revolutionary Dames, Waverly Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), will speak on the history of the group and the research and documentation needed to become a member of the DAR.
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