Join the JGSGO for “DNA: Panel Discussion and Q&A,” at the Jewish Community Center of Greater in Maitland, on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7 P.M. Three presentations will summarize Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA, their strengths and pitfalls.  These will be followed by an open forum taking questions from attendees submitted in advance or from the floor. 

Panel Members:

Elaine Hatfield Powell is the President of the Central Florida Genealogical Society. She has been a genealogist for over 30 years. She started the Hatfield Y-DNA Project in 2002 and is the Administrator of both the Hatfield and Hobday Y-DNA Projects. She has used autosomal, mtDNA, and Y-DNA test results to solve genealogical puzzles in her own family.

Barry Sieger, a retired physician, is the JGSGO webmaster.  He has been actively doing his genealogy for about 20 years, focusing the past 2 years on using DNA to enhance one’s research. Through his research, he met his cousin, the late world-famous actor Leonard Nimoy, and has found much of his fascinating family history.

Diane Jacobs, a retired professor, has been engaged in genealogy research for 20 years. She was co-chair of the 2017 Conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, held in Orlando, and is the current president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Central Florida. 

Chuck Goehring, a longtime member of the Central Florida Genealogical Society, is experienced in using chromosome browsers to analyze individual autosomal DNA results.

JGSGO is pleased to welcome the Central Florida Genealogical Society and recognize their participation on the panel. There will be no charge for CFGS members.

Before the program, starting at 6:30 P.M., is a good time to network with fellow genealogists, make new friends, and/ or receive assistance from a Jewish genealogy expert. The program be live-streamed on go-to-webinar for members who can’t be present and who register in advance. 


DATE:             Tuesday, June 5, 2018

TIME:              7 pm

ADMISSION:    Free for members, no charge for members of CFGS, $5 for non-members, which can be applied to dues. 

LOCATION:    Roth Jewish Community Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751

Pre-register for either in-person or online participation at

Pre-registration is required for online viewing. 

For those who cannot attend, we broadcast the same video via Gotowebinar. Registration is required. To do so please go to 

About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando is a non-profit organization formed in 1990, for sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy. Anyone may join the JGSGO. Annual dues are $35 for an individual and $40 for a family. JGSGO’s monthly meetings are free to members.



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