Our Online Genetic Footprint: DNA Databases

DNA testing has become a crucial addition to the genealogists’ toolbox. Through their use we have all been breaking down long-standing brick walls and answering long whispered questions about our family secrets. But at what cost? We will explore current DNA databases and discuss how they are used, answer questions about the ethics surrounding their use and discuss ways of attempting to protect our online genetic presence. 

More about Mags

Mags is a Professional Genealogist specializing in Genetic Genealogy as founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. Growing up in a family full of family historians, Mags was primed to become a Genealogist.

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College, she began to work her own Genealogy as a “hobby”. This 30-year “hobby” eventually led her to a Leader role with WikiTree, where she currently leads: The DNA Innovators Project, The United Empire Loyalist Project and the British Home Children Project. She also leads the Templeton and McElmoyle Name Studies and the McElmoyle DNA Project. Work with WikiTree led to Mags starting Grandma’s Genes in 2016.

Mags is an international Genetic Genealogy Lecturer, Blogger and a Social Media Maven.  She serves as Admin for Facebook groups including the ISOGG Facebook Group. She is a former member of the Canadian Casualty Identification Team.


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