September Member Meeting


Margaret Nicholson will be back with more DNA goodness for our September member meeting. Here’s a taste of what’s in store for us . . .

An aunt asked me to get involved with our family genealogy. Then she talked me into sending my DNA to I was surprised to find a close, but unknown, DNA match. To learn how this person was related to me, I had to become proficient in using a peculiar website and master the methodology behind shared matches (triangulation).

My presentation will take you through my journey to the discovery that the daddy who raised me was not my birth father. Along with my story, you will learn what can be done on’s website: building and sharing trees for free, reviewing DNA results after paying for a kit, and, finally, using advanced features available to “big money” subscribers.’s recently revised interface will also be discussed.

This presentation is structured to appeal to both novice and experienced users of genealogy/DNA online sites as well as those who have not submitted DNA.

Margaret M. Nicholson, PhD moved to St Augustine from Harrisburg, PA, sixteen years ago, prompted by the birth of her grandchild. Creating a family tree for Noah sparked Margaret’s interest in genealogy. She says, “He’s sixteen and ignores me if I utter the words, ‘first cousin once removed,’ but he will look at the ship manifest showing the arrival of his maternal great-grandfather from Italy.”

After retiring from university teaching, Margaret eagerly switched from academic writing to personal subjects. Close to completing a travel memoir, the unexpected results of her DNA test prompted a change of topics. She published My Surprise Family: Find Your Ancestry Story this past January. Described as a mystery, a memoir, and a manual, the book can be ordered from Amazon. Books will also be available at the meeting for purchase and signing.

Join us Saturday, September 21st, at the Southeast Branch Library for a bit of history and a little partying. Check-in begins at 12:30pm and the meeting is called to order at 1:00pm. Visitors are always welcome at no charge.

March – Unlock the Mystery of Autosomal DNA

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DNA model by ryangs via Flickr

For our March member meeting Connie Bradshaw returns with more DNA goodness to help our research efforts. Her presentation takes a look at the different companies providing Autosomal DNA testing along with their pros and cons, what results are provided from the testing labs and what to do with your results.

Connie is a 26 year U.S. Navy veteran, a member of a variety of national and local genealogical and historical societies and a well-known speaker on genetic genealogy. In addition to genealogical research, Connie advises individuals on methods of preserving their own life stories, photos and heirlooms with the Legacy Stories’ Reminiscing With Purpose program.

Our March meeting will be held on Saturday, March 16th, at the Southeast Branch Library located at 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL. Check-in begins at 12:30pm with the meeting called to order at 1:00pm. Visitors are always welcome at no charge.

June Member Meeting

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Jack Butler is returning with more DNA goodness for our June member meeting. Members are encouraged to bring their DNA questions. The June meeting is scheduled for June 17, 2017 at the Southeast Branch Library located at 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086. Check-in begins at 12:45pm and the meeting starts at 1:oopm. Society meetings are free and open to the public.

September – Genes in Genealogy

Photo by Petra B. Fritz via Flickr

Mark your calendar for 10:30am Saturday, September 10th. Our speaker is Jack Butler and his topic is DNA 101 – Checking Out the Genes in Genealogy! Jack is a professional genealogist, author and lecturer with more than 20 years experience.

Meetings are held at the Southeast Branch Library located at 6670 U.S. 1 South. Visitors are always welcome. There is no charge and refreshments will be served.