Monthly Presentation

We host an open General Meeting and monthly presentation on the second Tuesday of the month. We are currently meeting at Casa Chapala.  

Date: Tuesday February 12, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Arrive early to visit or get tech help from members, and to place your food and beverage order before the meeting starts. The Help Desk will be available from 6pm to 7pm to answer your questions and help with device and software problems.

Our Featured Speaker

The General meeting will feature Craig Gowens presenting “An Introduction to Genealogical DNA Testing”. As the science behind it continues its advance and the price has continued to drop, more and more people have jumped onto the DNA testing bandwagon to see what this technology can reveal about them and their family history, possibly uncovering some secrets along the way. DNA testing has become an indispensable tool for the modern genealogist and spawned its own branch of the field, genetic genealogy. Genealogy is the 2nd most popular hobby in America and is the 2nd most visited category of websites on the Internet.

We will discuss evaluating whether DNA testing is right for you, look at how the emerging field of genetic genealogy has intersected with forensics to solve several cold case murders and rapes over the last year, and where the technology is heading. Then we’ll look at what DNA results from the major testing sites look like, what the advantages and disadvantages are of each and how you can get the most bang for the buck out of DNA testing.

CapMac member Craig Gowens will be giving the presentation remotely from his home in Seattle area. He was a stalwart on the CapMac Board until his move to the Pacific Northwest last spring.

Craig is an outstanding genealogical researcher, researching his own family history for over 30 years. Craig started on the path of DNA testing five years ago and has now tested over 30 family members. The results have successfully solved several family mysteries and broken through brickwalls on several branches of his tree. Prior to moving, Craig led CapMac’s Genealogy SIG for several years. He has been a featured speaker for the DNA SIGs of the Austin, Williamson County, and Seattle Genealogical Societies and at the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society where he now serves on the Board.

Craig will be using a PDF handout for his presentation. Please download the PDF for his most interesting and timely presentation.

Location And Logistics

NEW Location: Casa Chapala restaurant
9041 Research Blvd, Ste 100,
Austin, Texas 78758
Coordinates:  Lat:30.373409, Lon:-97.725594

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How to Get There: NE corner of Burnet and 183 right across Hwy 183 from Sherlocks.  Turn right after coming in the front door and go to the back r