Monthly Meeting – February 1, 2018: “I have taken a DNA Test – Now what do I do?” by Barbara Rae-Venter

If you are like most of us, when you look at the match results from your DNA test at AncestryDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage or FamilyTreeDNA’s FamilyFinder, you see a list of names for upwards of two or three thousand strangers. Maybe there is a surname or two in common with those in your family tree, if you have one. Each testing company provides some tools on their site of varying degrees of usefulness to you, depending on your goal in testing. Barbara will discuss some of the third party tools that are, in her view, most helpful in turning those lists of strangers into resources to help you reach your testing goal. Barbara will discuss tools used,, WikiTree, and If you have taken a DNA test for genealogical purposes, this is the program for you!!

Barbara Rae-Venter, J.D., Ph.D., is a retired intellectual property attorney who specialized in the patenting of biotechnology inventions. She earned a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin Law School and a B.A. double major in Psychology and Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biology (Biochemistry) at the University of California at San Diego. She is licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office and the State Bar of California (inactive). Barbara is a Search Angel with and also helps teach the autosomal DNA classes offered by to help adoptees use their DNA match results to identify birth relatives. Barbara uses this same technique to assist law enforcement with identification of crime victims. Barbara is a frequent speaker at genetic genealogy conferences and genealogy research groups. She is the founder and facilitator of the MoCoGenSo DNA Special Interest Group and a volunteer at the Seaside FHC. Barbara also offers fee-based consulting at We are lucky to have her in our community.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.

“You never lose a dream, it just incubates as a hobby.” – Larry Page

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