Genealogy seminar coming to Hemet Public Library


A spring seminar conducted by genealogist Diahan Southward will be conducted Saturday, March 21, during the Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society meeting at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham Ave., in Hemet.

The seminar, which will be held upstairs in the library, will begin at 9 a.m., and is designed to help individuals understand their DNA profile and ways to trace families back in history.

Southward will provide her personalized interactive experiences to assist individuals and families interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. She said she will share her passion for genetic genealogy and love for people and a gift for making the technical understandable.

Southward studied at Brigham Young University in Utah and earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. After her graduation she worked for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, one of the first efforts to create a correlated genetic and genealogical database.

Following that she wrote “Your DNA Guide” and has lectured around the world to local audiences. She is a featured writer for Family Tree magazine and a contributor to “Genealogy Today.”

The Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society has access to the Duffin Heritage Room computers where thousands of obituaries from local newspapers, cemetery listing books periodicals, maps and other resources that may help in finding more about family history.

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