DNA and the GPS solves a mystery: Hamiltons in Colonial New England

DNA and the GPS solves a mystery: Hamiltons in Colonial New England

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by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG

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DNA and the GPS solves a mystery: Hamiltons in Colonial New England


Who was Capt Thomas Hamilton? Y-DNA solves a 300 year old mystery of his origins. Using the Genealogical Proof Standard as well as DNA evidence, Shellee describes solving a 300 year old mystery: Who was Captain Thomas Hamilton? This talk briefly describes the genealogical proof standard, the question relating to Hamiltons in Colonial New England, and describes another Irish Hamilton whose parentage is being addressed using DNA. We will cover targeted testing and how to get started using DNA to solve family mysteries.


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Presenter: Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG

Shellee Morehead has a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology and is an adjunct instructor of Biology at NEIT. She was certified by BCG in 2012, and researches, writes and lectures on family history. Her most recent article is "Thomas Hamilton -- Progenitor of a Colonial American Family: His Ulster Origins revealed using DNA" which appeared in the Directory of Irish Family History Research. Recent speaking events include NGS 2016, The Genealogy Event in New York, the Ukrainian Historical and Education Center in New Jersey, and NERGC 2015 in Providence. She was one of the program Tri-Chairs for NERGC 2015. In 2010, she appeared in an episode of Danish Television's Who Do You Think You Are?


Her specialties include Rhode Island, Italian, and French-Canadian research and genetic genealogy. She is an associate of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), an active member of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, American-French Genealogical Society, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) New England Chapter.

Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG