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Press Release
October 27, 2005

National Archives Holds Free Genealogy Workshop

Dr. Thomas Shawker to discuss DNA Testing: Tracking Your Genes in Genealogy

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will host a free workshop by Dr. Thomas Shawker, "DNA Testing: Tracking Your Genes in Genealogy" on Wednesday, November 2, 2005, from 10:30-11:30 AM. Dr. Shawker will address new breakthroughs in DNA testing for genealogy, how to interpret the results, and how the results can be used.

Thomas H. Shawker, M.D., is chief of the ultrasound section in the Imaging Sciences Program at the National Institutes of Health, a professor of radiology at the United Services University, and a fellow of the American College of Radiology. He is chairman of the National Genealogical Society’s Family Health and Heredity Committee and president of the Prince George’s County Genealogical Society. He is the author or coauthor of over two hundred scientific publications, including Unlocking Your Genetic History: A Step by Step Guide to Discovering Your Family's Medical and Genetic Heritage.

The workshop will be held in Room G-24 of the Research Center in the National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 7th and 9th Streets, Washington DC. Please enter on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the building. Government-issued photo identification is required to enter the building. The Research Center opens at 8:45 AM. The closest Metro stop is the Archives/Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow and Green lines. Although the workshop is free, reservations are required and can be made by phone at 202-208-0781, extension 248.

Background:
The National Archives holds the permanently valuable noncurrent records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists such as decennial censuses, immigration records, military records, and public land records. The National Archives also offers the public a comprehensive program of genealogical workshops and courses in its facilities nationwide. Topics include an introduction to genealogy and research into records such as census schedules, military service and pension records, and passenger lists. For more information genealogy-related on National Archives programs and holdings, see http://www.archives.gov/genealogy.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-501-5526.

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