SMCGS Seminars

          SMCGS - Fall Seminar 2018 - SOLD OUT

               Thank you to everyone who registered to attend the SMCGS Fall Seminar.
               Tickets are sold out and registration is closed.

               We are looking forward to seeing you on November 3 for this exciting event!

          Exploring DNA & Genetic Genealogy with CeCe Moore

           Saturday, November 3, 2018   9:00 am - 3:00 pm
           Menlo Park LDS Church Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park

           This event is sold out.  Ticket sales opened on August 15, 2018 and sold out on August 20 2018.

           Join us for a dive into the world of DNA and genetic genealogy. CeCe Moore is one of the most well know and respected genetic genealogists and is an innovator in the use of autosomal DNA in genealogy. Among many other accomplishments, she also has been a long-time expert on the PBS show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The seminar program will not only guide you through what to do with your own DNA testing results, but also how to use that information in your own research. The last hour will be a behind the scenes look at some of the stories from the wildly popular genealogy show, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


           CeCe Moore is an independent professional genetic genealogist and media consultant who is considered an innovator in the use of DNA for genealogy and unknown parentage research. She has been the genetic genealogy expert and scriptwriter for the PBS Television documentary series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. since 2013. She is the founder of The  DNA Detectives, the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and, as a leading educator in her field, she is an instructor for a number of courses and conferences throughout North America.

           CeCe collaborates regularly with ABC’s 20/20, showcasing her cutting-edge work reuniting individuals of unknown parentage with biological relatives through genetic genealogy. She has also appeared as a genetic genealogy expert on CBS This Morning, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Sunday Today with Willie Geist, The Doctors and Finding Your Roots. 

Seminar Topics:
• I have My Results, Now What?
• Creating & Utilizing Genetic Networks in Your Research
• Breaking Through Brick Walls with DNA
• DNA Stories from "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr."

Book Sale and Silent Auction, too!

  8:00 – 9:00

REGISTRATION & Time to Browse our Silent Auction Items & Book Sales

  9:00 – 9:15


  9:15 – 10:15     LECTURE ONE

I Have My Results, Now What?

Receiving your DNA results can be overwhelming and leave you wondering what to do next. We will discuss how to navigate the sites, interpret the results from the major DNA companies, understand key genetic genealogy terms and the steps to determining the relationships with your DNA cousins.

10:15- 10:45


 10:45 – 11:45   LECTURE TWO

Creating and Utilizing Genetic Networks in Your Research

Creating genetic networks from among our matches is the most powerful tool we have as genealogists for addressing both unknown parentage cases and traditional genealogy brick wall research. This session provides in depth, step-by-step instruction and highlights the potential of this technique.

 11:45 – 12:45   LUNCH

LUNCH – Time to check out the Silent Auction Items, Book Sales and the Family History Center

 12:45  –  1:45   LECTURE THREE

Breaking through Genealogical Brick Walls with DNA

Genetic genealogy has tremendous potential for resolving age-old genealogical questions and extending our pedigrees. Learn how to use your DNA results to enhance your documentary research. We will explore the most successful techniques for identifying your lost ancestors. 

 1:45  –  2:00  


 2:00  -   3:00   LECTURE FOUR

DNA Stories from "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

 Genetic genealogy is used extensively to explore the family stories of the guests of “Finding Your Roots,” but much of that research never makes it to the screen. Get a behind-the-scenes look into the techniques used, including the intersection of traditional genealogy research and DNA of all types. This presentation makes use of the principles taught in earlier sessions through case studies from the series.