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List of Resources

Guide to SNP Matching

Comparison of DTC Testing Companies


titleUpcoming Events

National DNA Day 2018 - Iowa City - April 24

Celebrating Genomics Through Awareness

Genealogy Lock-In

May 19, 3-8pm, Digital Media Room (2nd Floor), Iowa City Public Library

Festival of Genetics,


-6 pm

Activities and demonstrations of DNA principles for all ages, including a help desk for guidance with interpretations and previews of DNA test results from 23andMe, AncestryDNA, etc.


:00-4:00pm Iowa Genealogical Society instructor Linda Greethurst will present "My Tree is Sick... What Can I DO?" She'll explain how you can save lots of time and frustration by analyzing your sources and facts so you can avoid a painful and major pruning of your family tree later. Greethurt herself discoved that a long researched branch of her own family tree was not only sick but based on fiction at best. 

4:00-5:00pm Iowa Genealogical Society President Kevin Spire will discuss using Google in genealogical research. 

5-5:45pm Dinner Break

5:45-8:00pm ICPL After Hours: If you want to stay for the after-hours part of our day, please join ICPL staff in the Digital Media Lab on the 2nd floor by 5:45pm as the Library will be closing at 6:00pm. You'll need to be in the Lab before the library closes. (You can leave at any time). You'll have access to the library’s print and online resources to either begin your tree or find a new piece of information, and ICPL staff and members of the UI Personal Genome Learning Center will be here to help where we can. From experienced researcher to new to genealogy, all are welcome!

May meeting of the DNA Interest Group - Iowa City

How Genes Inform Drug Therapy

May 22, 6-

7 pm

The Human Genome

National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project 15 years ago in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix 65 years ago in 1953. The program will provide a historical overview of the timeline for sequencing the human genome and summarize major outcomes of this effort, while also engaging the audience in a game of human genome trivia7pm, Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library

A discussion of how genetic variations can be used to predict an individual’s response to certain pharmacological drugs. The presentation will focus on explaining the link between genetics and drug metabolism, analyzing DTC and clinical pharmacogenomic testing resources, and discussing cases in which pharmacogenomic testing can have an impact on drug therapy.


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Past Events & Materials

titleDNA Interest Group

The Human Genome - April 2018

Why the Y? (and not the mtDNA) - March 2018

What Are You? Rave, Ethnicity and Genetic Testing - February 2018

Changes in the DNA Marketplace - January 2018

Doggy DNA - November 2017

Identifying and Predicting Relationships - October 2017

Reference Pedigree and Shared cM Summary

Family History Revealed: Part 2 - Finding - September 2017

Family History Revealed: Part 1 - Searching - August 2017

Saigon to Sioux City

Archaic Ancestry - July 2017

Genetic CommunitiesTM at AncestryDNA - June 2017

DNA Mythbusters - May 23, 2017

DNA Day 2017 - Personalizing Genetics Education - April 25, 2017

Student Genetic Ancestry Testing - Dr. Charles Aquadro, Cornell University

Interpreting SNP Data - March 28, 2017

Ancestry Prediction - February 24, 2017

Exploring the DNA Marketplace - January 24, 2017



The Personal Genome: Navigating the DNA Marketplace

Triangle Club, Iowa City, IA - February 18, 2018

Full pdf Slides ppt

Using DNA in Genealogy: Navigating the DNA Marketplace

Franklin Avenue Library, Des Moines, IA - February 21, 2017

Slides Handout

The Personal Genome: The Past Revealed through Genetic Tests

UIAA Lifelong Learning - November 9, 2016, 6:30 pm


titleCourses - October 2016

Genetics for Genealogy: Hands-On Computer Workshops

Kirkwood Regional Center at The University of Iowa, Room 60

Getting to Know Your DNA Relatives - October 5 & 6, 2016

Guide - SNP Matching

Slides - Oct. 5

Slides - Oct. 6

Shared Matches Worksheets

Building DNA Families - October 12 & 13, 2016

Guide - SNP matching

DNA Family Worksheet

DNA Summary Spreadsheet

Slides - Oct. 12

Slides - Oct. 13

titleCourses - August 8-11, 2016

Genetics for Genealogy: Hands-On Computer Workshops

John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, Des Moines, IA

Getting to Know Your DNA Relatives - August 8 & 9, 2016

Guide - SNP Matching

Concept map

Slides - Aug. 8

Slides - Aug. 9

Building DNA Families - August 10 & 11, 2016

Guide - SNP matching

DNA Family Worksheet

DNA Summary Spreadsheet

Slides - Aug. 10

Slides - Aug. 11

title2016 Spring Conference - Iowa Genealogical Society

DNA: Unlocking the Code (Syllabus)

April 9, 2016 - Des Moines, IA

Session 1 - Navigating the DNA Marketplace (slides)

Session 2 - Connecting Cousins for Genetic Genealogy (slides)

Session 3

  • Option A - Getting More from Your SNP Data (Advanced - slides)
  • Option B - Small-Group Tutorials (Beginner)

Session 4 - Ancestry Analysis from DNA (slides)

titleSpring 2016 Senior Course Schedule

Genetics for Ancestry, Genealogy and more

Week 1, Feb. 4 - DNA and the Human Genome

DNA & Your Personal Genome

Potential Consequences of DNA Testing (written for a seminar course)

Comparison of DNA Testing Options

Week 2, Feb. 11 - Ancestry Analysis from DNA

Genealogy to Trees: Inheritance and Tracing Ancestry Near and Far

Mitochondrial Eve & Y-Chromosome Adam

Week 3, Feb. 18 - Connecting Cousins for Genetic Genealogy

Autosomal Inheritance

Genome Comparisons

Week 4, Feb. 25 - Recreational Genetics