Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society
Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society

DNA Committee of FCGHS

The DNA Committee shall inform and educate members about DNA resources and processes for genealogical and historical information. (Society By-Laws)

Genetic Genealogy
Breaking through your Brick Walls with DNA
DNA testing has exploded onto the genealogy world stage and has given us a dynamic new tool that can take your research from “Dead End” to “On the Road Again”.
May 18, 2016 DNA Interest Group - Speaker Kelli Bergheimer
Gerry's Journey to Find
Her Birth Father:
A Case Study
6:30 p.m. 4371 E. Board St. CML - Local History & Genealogy Library
Kelli Bergheimer and Gerry met online quite by accident. Gerry had watched an online speaker named Kelli talk about DNA. Gerry contacted Bergheimer thinking she was "that Kelli" and quickly discovered she had the wrong person.  Being a professional genealogist, Bergheimer told Gerry she was willing to help her. Gerry needed DNA results help, but she also needed to organize all of the information she had on Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, GedMatch, and later 23andMe.  Thus began their journey to find Gerry’s biological father.
Kelli’s presentation will include:
1. Teach how to methodically organize your DNA test results.
2. Teach how to isolate mom's family from dad's family and how to use common genealogical research
    methods to narrow down the list of "suspects."
3. Show the advantage of testing at all three DNA testing companies with the aid of spreadsheets and
    third-party software.
About Kelli:  Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, small business owner, and nature photographer. Her love for genealogy derived organically from her organizational and archivist role in her own family. Kelli holds a Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, a Master’s in Business Management, and is pursuing a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Currently, Kelli runs three small businesses—Writers Etc. (a K-12 math and science textbook editing company), Geo-Centric Learning, (a geography-based middle school curriculum company), and Mess on the Desk, (a genealogical organization company with an accompanying blog, YouTube channel, and online store). Kelli is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speaker's Guild.
Upcoming Central Ohio DNA Workshops
Tentative Fall DNA Workshops & Dates:
Sunday Sep 18, 2016 – Introduction to Genetic Genealogy – Just Beginning: Discover how DNA testing has exploded onto the genealogy world stage and created a dynamic new tool that can take your research from “Dead End” to “On the road again”. 
Sunday Oct 2, 2016 – Intermediate – Understanding your DNA Test Results: Designed for those with DNA Test Results who need guidance understanding the numbers.
Sunday,Oct 9, 2016 – Advanced – Utilizing 3rd Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA Test Results:  Family Tree DNA Family Finder, 23andMe, & AncestryDNA
Times: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: CML Main Library
         96 S. Grant St., Columbus OH
          (SW corner Broad & Yearling Road)  Parking: off Yearling
WHERE: - 3rd Floor Meeting Room    
FREE, but seating is limited, please register.
Register: 28 days prior to Workshop Online at, Go to “Events” and click “Genealogy” and input date of the Workshop above or by calling 614-645-2275.
Sponsored by:  The Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society (FCGHS)
Contacts: FCGHS: Ph: 614-871-2110     Email:
                 CML:     Ph: 614-645-2ASK (2275)

Central Ohio DNA Interest Group - Monthly
Date:  Meets the 3rd Wednesday each month
Where: Temporary Location: May 20 through end of Main Library renovation,  Old Whitehall Library, 4371 E. Broad St,   Columbus Ohio (on the SW corner of Broad & Yearling.  Parking in back off Yearing.)
Time:  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Contacts: FCGHS: Ph: 614-871-2110     Email:
                 CML:     Ph: 614-645-2ASK (2275)
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