Our next featured 2012 RootsTech presenter is Scott Woodward. Are you interested in learning more about DNA and genealogy? If so, then his class is for you!
Genealogical and Ancestral Applications of the Paternally-inherited Y Chromosome
This class will be held Thursday, Feb 2 from 1:45 – 2:45 pm MST and is geared towards an advanced level user.
The most widely used genetic marker in genealogy is the Y chromosome for the study of surname distributions as well as in tracing ancient population migrations. Thousands of Y chromosome profiles are now available in public databases and in the literature to help genealogists unlock the history of their paternal ancestors. This genetic marker is particularly helpful in linking individuals sharing a common paternal ancestor as well as producing information about the ancient origins of a person’s paternal lineage. Combined with other genetic markers and tools, DNA for family history has demonstrated to be a powerful tool in disclosing previously unknown family relationships. For more information about this topic, see Scott’s syllabus.
More about Scott
President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and and its subsidiary GeneTree.com. He received his PhD in genetics from Utah State University. He did postdoctoral work in molecular genetics at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Utah. He was involved with the identification of gene markers for cystic fibrosis, colon cancer, and neurofibromatiosis. From 1989 to 2005, he was a faculty member of the microbiology department at Brigham Young University where he has also been involved with the Seila, Egypt excavation team, directing the genetic and molecular analysis of Egyptian mummies, both from a commoners’ cemetery and from Egyptian Royal mummies. His research interests include the reconstruction of ancient and modern genealogies using DNA techniques with samples from all over the world, the tracing of human population movements by following gene migrations (including both Old and New World populations) and the DNA analysis of ancient manuscripts including the Dead Sea Scrolls. He has been the Scholar in Residence at the BYU Center for Near Eastern Studies in Jerusalem and a visiting professor at Hebrew University.