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Lecture: Using DNA and Genealogy to Solve Family History Mysteries  

Instructor: William Woodard  

  • March 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

In this class William Woodard will show how he used DNA testing combined with traditional genealogical techniques to find his biological father and, along the way, made interesting discoveries about his heritage and his ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. He will cover the basics of how DNA testing works to help you find the missing branches of your family tree and how it can lead to surprising revelations.

William Woodard is an associate professor at Northern Virginia Community College’s Manassas campus. He holds master’s degrees in Spanish, linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and has taught Spanish, English and linguistics for over 25 years at various colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. In his spare time, he plays guitar and banjo, writes songs, and pursues his interests in history and genealogy. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in American history.