On Saturday, August 4, 2012, the Allen County Public Library and The Genealogy Center will host Applying DNA Studies to Family History: The Melungeon Mystery Solved. This free all-day seminar will provide information concerning the application of DNA research in family history, and will explain how the previously-mysterious origin of the Melungeons was discovered through DNA studies, presented by Roberta Estes, scientist and genealogist, expert in DNA research and founder of DNAexplain.com, Jack Goins, Hawkins County, Tennessee archivist and founder of several Melungeon research projects, and Wayne Winkler, past-president of the Melungeon Historical Society. 

The day's schedule:

  • 9:15-9:30 AM - Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:30-10:30 AM - Roberta Estes - DNA and Genealogy - An Introduction
  • 10:45-11:45 AM - Wayne Winkler - The Melungeons: Sons and Daughters of the Legend
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch on your own
  • 1:00-2:00 PM Jack Goins - Examining Our Melungeon Neighborhood and Migrations
  • 2:15-3:15 PM - Roberta Estes - Melungeons: A Multi-Ethnic Population
  • 3:30 PM - Q&A about Melungeons and DNA applications in the genealogy field

This free seminar will take place in the Theater on Lower Level 2 of the Main Library. Pre-register for this free event by calling 260-421-1225 or send an email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info.