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Friday, April 24
MAGS 2020 Spring Workshop  (Workshop)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Doubletree by Hilton, Laurel, Maryland
Using DNA Tools at AncestryDNA to Exploit Genetic Test Results in Family Research
Presented by Andy Hochreiter
This workshop will be a hands-on experience to become familiar with the tools at AncestryDNA to analyze and use DNA test results. AncestryDNA offers many benefits including the largest database of all the DNA test companies. It contains over 15 million people who have tested at AncestryDNA, a fact that provides increased prospects to find matches, compare family trees, and identify common ancestors. But many people are stumped after they receive their DNA results and do not know how to apply them to their family research. This workshop will provide a survey of the AncestryDNA tools and offer exercises to use them in the classroom.
The world of genetic genealogy is dynamic. AncestryDNA has been proactive in implementing new and improved tools to help test takers to exploit their DNA results. But upgrades at AncestryDNA can leave participants confused by the changes. This workshop will review these improvements to provide an understanding of their purpose and application in the DNA analysis process. Attendees will learn how to exploit the tools to advance their genealogical research. Techniques and procedures will be introduced and associated with tool use by practical exercises to reinforce the learning experience.
AncestryDNA offers several means to connect with others and explore your common roots using DNA results. These include DNA Matches and ThruLines. The use and interpretation of these applications will be explained, along with supporting features such as Groups, Family Trees, and Shared Matches. The concepts behind these tools such as Genetic Networks, Estimated Relationship, and Tree Triangulation will be clarified. The value of comparing matches’ pedigrees, ethnicity, DNA results, and groups will be highlighted in examples and exercises. The goal of this workshop is to provide the follow-on steps to apply your DNA results to finding family and breaking down brick walls.
Who Should Attend?
This workshop is intended for those who already understand the basics of genetic genealogy and want to explore how to apply various tools and techniques to extend their family history research. The completion of a DNA test, especially at AncestryDNA, will enhance the experience of the workshop. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptop or tablet, AncestryDNA (or other test company) log-in information and DNA raw data file.

Saturday, April 25
MAGS 2020 Spring Conference  (Conference)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Doubletree by Hilton, Laurel, Maryland
German Family Research
Presented by Dr. Roger P. Minert
Status in German Society 1500 to 1800: Where Did Your Ancestors Fit In?
Thanks to a great extent to the very well-developed and rather inflexible feudal system in Germanic territories in Europe, our ancestors were quite stable in their social and economic status. The structure of classes (from the highest to the lowest) is described in this presentation, with an emphasis on correctly placing our ancestors on that social scale continuum. Advantages and disadvantages for our ancestors are discussed, as well as the advantages for modern historians searching for their ancestors in that world.
Census Records in Germany 1816-1916
This presentation is based on the results of my sabbatical stay of six months in Europe in 2015. The traditional mystery of German census records can now be explained: they are in many ways unlike their counterparts in the U.S. Frequency, content, methodology, and accessibility of these records in the thirty-eight states of the German Empire will be explained and illustrated.
Residential Registration in Germany
From the sixteenth century on, local authorities monitored the comings and goings of strangers and foreigners, keeping ever more detailed records of newcomers—primarily for the safety of local residents. The personal details contained in such records make them a valuable resource for family history research. This presentation exhibits the form and content of residential registration and traces the historical development up to the late nineteenth century; by then, in most states every man, woman, and child was registered—whether local or from elsewhere.
Which Hessen is Which?
Hessen, Hessen-Nassau, Hessen-Kassel, Kurhessen, Rheinhessen, Oberhessen, Hessen-Homburg? All of these names applied to political entities in the German-language realm in the nineteenth century and some survive even today. This presentation will clarify the status of each "Hessen" and assist genealogical researchers in determining how to access records in those territories, as well as how to correctly record place names for the events in ancestors' lives.