Genealogy Jump-Start


WHAT: 20-minute presentation, followed by time for question and answer.

WHO: Great for newbies, novices (those in their first three years), do-overs (get it right, this time), and those returning to genealogy research after a hiatus.

WHEN: Saturday, 20 May 2017

TIME: 10:30 am

COST: $6 for SLOCGS members, $15 for non-members

WHERE: Arroyo Grande Genealogy Library

RESERVATIONS: Space limited, contact Cafi Cohen

PRESENTER: Cafi Cohen


Arroyo Grande Public Library
South County Regional Center
800 W. Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420




Hands-on Genetic Genealogy


WHAT: DNA testing for the Family Historian

WHEN: Fourth Saturday each month, beginning 28 January 2017

DURATION: Eight months (January-August 2017)

TIME: 10:00 am

WHERE: History Center of San Luis Obispo, 696 Monterey Street, SLO, basement research room

WHO: Anyone who wants to learn to interpret DNA test results to grow their family tree; open to the public

COST for all 8 classes: $10 SLOCGS Board Members; $15 SLOCGS Members; $25 SLOCGS nonmembers; monies due at first class

REGISTRATION: space limited, register in advance by emailing: Cafi Cohen

FACILITATORS: Cafi Cohen & Cheryl Storton

REQUIRED BOOKS: Genetic Genealogy in Practice (Blaine T. Bettinger & Debbie Parker Wayne) and The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy (Blaine T. Bettinger). The second book is available at Amazon. We have ordered hard copies of the first book directly from the National Genealogical Society. It will be available for purchase at the first class. We prefer hard copies over electronic editions.


History Center of San Luis Obispo
basement research room
696 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA




Class is open to new DNA testers as well as to those with experience interpreting DNA testing results. Having personal test results to review will enhance your experience (we suggest completing an autosomal DNA test at Ancestry.com at a minimum).

Class assumes that participants have basic genealogical research knowledge and experience. If you are a novice researcher, you will benefit from watching
this online video prior to beginning the class.

Expect to complete assigned readings & optional homework before each class. Plan 1-2 hours weekly or 5-10 hours monthly to get the most of out of this experience. Most people will miss a class or two due to illness, travel, and other commitments. This shouldn't be a problem, so long as you keep up with the readings. Questions? Contact Cafi Cohen.