Virtual Learning Opportunity: Griswold Paper Trails Proved and Disproved by Big Y DNA

We will not be holding a reunion for 2024 in Princeton, New Jersey.  We did not have sufficient organizational support for planning and executing the event.  Instead, we will be holding a virtual learning experience presented by Becky Griswold titled, “Griswold Paper Trails Proved and Disproved by Big Y DNA” on Saturday August 4th, 2024 at 4:00 PM EDT via Zoom.

Join us as we dive into the fascinating world of DNA testing to help uncover the truth behind our Griswold family connections!

Title:  Griswold Paper Trails Proved and Disproved by Big Y DNA

Presented By:  Becky Griswold, Griswold DNA Project Administrator

Price:  $15

Date:  Saturday, August 4th, 2024

Time:  4:00 to 5:30 PM Eastern DAYLIGHT Time

Venue:  Zoom (event link will be provided to you when you register using the link below)

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Members:  Be sure to check your April 2024 bulletin for a code to enter at checkout for a $5 discount!

The Griswold DNA Project has been in existence since 2005. In 19 years, we have learned a lot about the DNA of our Griswold ancestors. Recently, we have been using the newest tool in DNA analysis, the Big Y-700 test, to prove Griswold lines, to disprove Griswold lines and to solve Griswold mysteries.

This presentation will briefly review all of the DNA tests we use in the project and then show how the Big Y test has been a game changer for Griswold genetic genealogy. Big Y can do something that documents cannot. It can prove a direct paternal lineage. Documents only get us so far. Sometimes in genealogy research we have to make assumptions when documents just aren’t available. Big Y tells us if our assumptions are correct or not.

This presentation will be provided by Becky Griswold, administrator of the Griswold DNA project.  Becky has been a Genetic Genealogist for over 20 years. She ordered her first DNA test in 2003.  Soon after that, she became an administrator of the DNA projects she had started for her family surnames. She is now an administrator of 11 DNA projects at Family Tree DNA. She works closely with the Griswold Family Association, the Society of the Descendants of Johannes de la Montagne and The Swedish Colonial Society for three of the projects.

Becky has given presentations on genetic genealogy for the Griswold Family Association, The Swedish Colonial Society, the New Sweden History Conference and in 2021 she was a presenter at the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference. She also taught a Genetic Genealogy Class for the Lifelong Learning Institute in Richmond, Virginia. She gave her first presentation for the Griswold Family Association in 2008.

Becky has been studying Big Y test results for almost three years. She has used Big Y to solve mysteries in her own family lines and has helped her DNA project members fill in gaps in their direct paternal lineages.

In addition to using genetic genealogy to study her own family histories and to assist the members of her DNA projects, Becky has also used DNA tests to help many adoptees find their birth families.