Genetics and Genealogy: The Future

Recently, I attended the Fourth Annual Hill Country Family History Seminar sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Kendall County.

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes, that’s her real name) spoke about tracing our roots using DNA. If you want to know more about the subject, visit her Web site Genetealogy.

The subject is fascinating, and I’ve started the process in my own family. However, I have a long way to go to understand it.

Leaving this seminar, I felt the same way I felt in 1994 after attending a seminar about the Internet. Back then, I didn’t even have e-mail, and I didn’t know anything about the Internet. However, I recognized the Internet was something huge for the world. I wasn’t sure how it would affect me, but I knew it would.

The brief introduction I’ve had to the future of genetics has convinced me that it will be huge for society. Just one small piece of the whole genetic puzzle that will have a dramatic impact will be the ability to predict hereditary diseases and be proactive in preventing them. I don’t know the full impact the combination of genetics and genealogy will have on the world … but I know it will be huge. I don’t know how this will affect me … but I know it will.

In this photo, I’m standing with Harry Dell, active in the Sons of the American Revolution. He and his wife, who is active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, organized the seminar.

 

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