November 2013 Meeting

Using DNA to Explore Your Ancestry

Saturday, November 16, 2013, Mason O. Damon Auditorium, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Central Branch, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203

Open to the Public. Free to Attend.

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Brief WNYGS Business Meeting and Annual Vote
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Presentation with Question and Answer

With the growing popularity of genetic genealogy testing services such as 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Family Tree DNA comes an increasing number of questions for researchers. Join us as nationally recognized scientist, lawyer, and blogger Dr. Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. discusses the use of the DNA technology in genealogy.

In his talk, Dr. Bettinger will explain autosomal DNA testing, the newest type of testing used to explore ancestry. Rather than simply testing one line like Y-DNA or mtDNA tests, autosomal tests provide a more complete picture of an individual's ancestors. Autosomal DNA testing can be used to find long-lost genetic cousins, reveal ethnic roots, and even explore a person's health. Together, we'll examine the science of autosomal DNA and how best to use this new tool in genealogy research.

An avid genealogist, Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. is an intellectual property and technology attorney at the firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King. He obtained a Ph.D. from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse where his research was in the fields of biochemistry, genetics, cell biology and molecular biology. Dr. Bettinger has extensive experience with the many ethical, legal and social implications and issues associated with personal genomics. He is a former editor of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy and the author of The Genetic Genealogist, a leading blog in the area of direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

Click here to download a copy of the program flyer.


To help those who might be unfamiliar with the area, I have attached a map to help you identify nearby parking locations and navigate some of the surrounding one-way streets. Those individuals requiring special accommodations are encouraged to arrive early to ensure the best possible parking.

A. Free Parking:

On the weekends, all metered street parking in the immediate area is free. It has been marked on the map in orange.

The 7-story Adams Parking Ramp is located on the corner of Washington and Eagle - one block away from the library. This facility is conveniently located and free on the weekends. Simply enter using the Washington Street entrance and park.

  • Please remember not to park in the any of the specially marked numbered spaces (reserved for monthly payers) as you could be towed.
  • While there will be substantial parking available in the ramp, the facility's owners lock the elevators on the weekends. The stairs and ramps will be your only methods of exiting and entering the upper levels.

B. Paid Parking:

Attendees can park for $4.00 in the automated AllPro lot on the corner of Washington and Broadway. The location is across the street from the library's Washington and Ellicott Street entrances.

Public Transportation:

The Central Library is served by both NFTA bus and MetroRail Service (Lafayette Square Station). To plan your route, visit

Parking Map

Last updated: Saturday, November 9, 2013