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Genealogical Society to discuss DNA, ancestry link

McDONOUGH — The Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Inc., will meet on Aug. 18, at 10 a.m., in the Educational Building of First Baptist Church of McDonough. The scheduled guest speaker for the free event is Terry Barton, co-founder and president of WorldFamilies.net. He will speak on autosomal DNA, which is used as a test to determine a person’s genealogy.

Jo Ann Miller, a publicity representative for the genealogical society, said the group’s efforts to educate local residents on their family history are “still going strong.” One reason for that, she said, is because many Georgians can trace a portion of their ancestry back to Henry County.

“Henry County is known as the mother of counties,” said Miller. “It was formed in 1821, and a lot of the counties came out of Henry.”

Following the Aug. 18 meeting, attendees will adjourn to the Brown House, at 71 Macon St., for refreshments.