Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Regina Negrycz - Speaker Profile

Regina Negrycz
Talk Title: An Irish-Ukrainian Case Study

What do you do as a Day Job?

Regina has been employed by an international life insurance company for over 22 years in a multitude of positions, including Systems Analyst, Production Support, Project Manager and Business Analyst.

What do you do as a Night Job?

In 2016, Regina accepted delivery of a 15-foot POD containing approximately 1,000 city directory books, 875 microfilms of city directories, 400 telephone directories, and millions of telephone books on microfiche. The hard copy city directories have been scanned (mostly) and are becoming part of a unique online database that can be searched on up to five fields (surname, first name, business, street name & city). These directories are from the United States and portions of Canada (British Columbia, Montreal, Vancouver) for the time period 1891 through 2002. Regina is also publishing a series of quick guides under the moniker Ancestral Guides and books based upon deaths and marriages found in the city directories. Regina has also been lecturing on DNA at the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour in Salt Lake City, Utah each December.

How did you get into genealogy?

When I was 8 years old, I was given an assignment to fill in my family tree. Both of my grandfathers had died before I was born, so I called each of my grandmothers. One didn’t know any information to give me, and one did but wouldn’t! This peaked my curiosity and set me off on a mission to fill in the puzzle pieces!

What about your involvement with genetic genealogy?

I began attending DNA lectures in 2014. My first instructor knew the topic very well, but skipped over portions of the explanations, so I would continually ask questions. From there, I attended every DNA lecture and webinar possible. While lunching with my genealogy society in October 2015, I decided to begin leading a DNA Special Interest Group, the first of its kind in Florida. The group was widely received. I’ve tweaked it over the years to included one-on-one sessions and it has now morphed into online sessions with limited attendance, again the first of its kind in Florida. I will be extending these online sessions in January 2020 to the general public.

So, what will you be talking about?

Sometimes it is simple to tell which side of the family a DNA match is on via the surnames, other times not. This presentation will show examples identifying a match’s relationship for two different ethnicities. The case study will also illustrate the identification of the relationship for a Y-DNA match using autosomal DNA.

What DNA tests will be discussed?

Y-DNA, autosomal DNA

Where can people get more information about you or your topic?

These lectures are sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and organised by volunteers from ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy).

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