Cobb County Genealogy Society Georgia will have its August meeting on Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta. The program will be “DNA — Finding Cousins Thru Chromosomes.”
Genealogist Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr. will present an introduction to genealogy testing — a description of what each test and its results look like at the two major DNA testing companies, followed by an emphasis on what each type of test can show to help with understanding personal genealogy.
There will be a focus on case studies — the results that Thomas has had that enhanced his understanding of his own family tree and shook, if not solved, some of his long-standing brick walls. His goal is to encourage more people to do DNA testing so that their results can benefit others besides just themselves and to bring to everyone who attends the fact that DNA testing results are more than just one’s ethnic origins profile as often seen on TV.
Thomas wants participants to know that all personal DNA results lead to real people whose ancestry is somehow shared and the fun part is trying to figure out how.
He has been the genealogy columnist for the Sunday Atlanta Journal-Constitution for forty years since May 1977. He is a 9th generation Georgian who is a frequent lecturer on genealogy and historical topics, most recently on DNA. A native of Columbus, Thomas is an Emory University graduate and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He worked 33 years with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in the Historic Preservation Division, working with research on historical properties and with the National Register of Historic Places, retiring in 2006.