sessions are approximately an hour in duration.
Significant question and answer time is recommended.
Our most popular sessions are those focused on
basics and are noted with an asterisk (*).
Cumberland Gap Migrations - Who
were the pioneers who settled in the Cumberland Gap
area? Where did they come from? Who stayed and who
used the Gap as a gateway to the west? What does the
DNA of the members of the Cumberland Gap group tell
us about those hearty pioneers, where they came
from, and who they really were??? Join us on our
journey along the Wilderness Road to discover their
*DNA and Genealogy Introduction
– Come and learn about how DNA can be used for
genealogical research. You’ll learn about how DNA
testing works for both males and females. We’ll make
science understandable, and by the end of this
lecture, you’ll be putting together your own
genealogical DNA test plan. Bring your pedigree
chart along for quick reference.
The Lost Colony – What twists
and turns of history and fate would cause 115
English colonists to become stranded in the Virginia
wilderness in 1587? Who were those colonists and why
were they here? How are pirates involved? What
became of the colonists? Where are their descendants
today? What can DNA do to help us solve the mystery?
Come and learn about the greatest unsolved mystery
in America today and what we’re doing to solve it.
*Twists and Turns in the Rocky Road
– This fun filled lecture uses case studies of both
Y-line (paternal) and mitochondrial (maternal) DNA
testing to show how DNA can be used to both prove
and disprove relationships between people. Be
prepared for surprises. This is our most
entertaining and most requested presentation and
makes a few family skeletons dance.
Getting in Touch with Your Feminine Side
– Confused about mitochondrial DNA but want to learn
more? Then this session is for you. We explain how
mitochondrial DNA works, give examples of successes
and dispel the myth that mtDNA isn’t very useful.
Don’t shortchange your genealogy by ignoring or
underutilizing this important tool.
Finding Your Native American or African
American Heritage Using DNA – Does your
family history include a story of an Indian
Princess? Many do! How about slave ancestors, free
persons of color, or Melungeons perhaps? Use DNA in
conjunction with other resources to find your
elusive non-European ancestry. Don’t think you have
any? You might be surprised!
Making DNA Loveable – Take your
DNA results and turn them into an heirloom gift for
your family. See examples of how this is done.
Families love them. This is a lighthearted and fun
All About Autosomal DNA Testing
– What Can It Do For Me? – Have you heard about
autosomal DNA testing where you can discover, among
other things, the percentage of your ethnic
heritage? Did you know there are 5 different tests
and they provide you with different information?
Would you like to see examples of the results? Come
find out if this type of testing will answer your
genealogy questions, if the tests are reliable, and
how to use these tests most effectively.
*Yikes, My Results are Back! Now What???
– Have results but aren’t sure what to do with them?
This session walks you through how to interpret your
results and how to get the most out them. This
presentation is for both Y-line and mitochondrial
Melungeon Heritage – Who are the
Melungeons? Where did they come from? Which families
are involved? What is their heritage? What is true
and what is fiction? This presentation combines
history, genealogy and DNA to address the mystery
and myth of the Melungeons of Hancock and Hawkins
County, Tennessee, their ancestors and descendants.
Where Have All the Indians Gone? Native American
Eastern Seaboard Dispersal, Genealogy and DNA in
Relation to Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colony of
- This new presentation uses the information
presented in Roberta’s most recent academic
publication (scheduled for fall 2009) titled “Where
Have All the Indians Gone? What We Know and What We
Don’t about Native American Eastern Seaboard
Dispersal, Genealogy and DNA”. This unique approach
combines long buried historical data about the
Native American tribes that inhabited the area
between the Atlantic seaboard and the Appalachian
Mountains with DNA information to provide both
answers and new questions. Where are the descendants
of the Indians today? Who are they? Where are they?
What happened? This is interesting to the historian
as well as the DNA enthusiast and guaranteed, you’ll
find some surprises. (Note that this presentation is
typically longer than an hour.)
SURPRISE - Revealing your DNA -
This very popular session is custom for each group
and involves testing one or two individuals ahead of
time, typically one male and one female, and
revealing what has been learned by their DNA as part
of a learning experience. This is particularly
popular for organizations and Science Centers.
DNA – the State of the Union –
Have you heard about new tests and new testing
companies? Are you interested in the new fuller
spectrum tests, but concerned about receiving
medical information? Where is the DNA for Genealogy
industry today and where is it going? How to decide
what to embrace and when to wait. What’s new, what’s
hot and what’s not.
To discuss or request public speaking,