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Genealogy conference scheduled for August 7

EDWARDSVILLE – “Finding Your Family Tree Using DNA” is the topic of the Madison County Historical Society’s Aug. 7 program.

Debi Burgess, working through the DNA Detectives Facebook page, has helped hundreds of families find their birth parents.

The program will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 7 at the lower level of Immanuel United Methodist Church at 800 N. Main St., Edwardsville, directly across from the MCHS Library.

DNA Detectives was founded and is administered by one of the nation’s foremost genetic genealogists, Cece Moore. This is a resource where people with questions about their birth family can seek help. Some are individuals who took a DNA test to find out their ethnicity, only to find that they were not related to the people they thought were their biological family. Others have sought all their lives to connect with biological families.

Burgess is one of many “research angels” connected to the page. These are people who have developed a high level of expertise and who agree to help families in their search. They are not allowed to accept payment for their work.

For the program, Burgess will explain how you can use DNA to discover your ancestors, websites to help you with your search, and available methods. The information will be useful for beginners, as well as interesting for people curious about how DNA is used in such research. She will also discuss some of the recent cold cases that have been solved using genetic genealogy techniques.

MCHS Speaker Series programs are free and open to the public. Regular hours of operation for the Madison County History Museum and Library are Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The museum building is closed for renovations, but exhibits can be found at the library and online at For more information, call 618-656-7569.