Kissin’ Kuzzins: Using DNA in genealogy

Published 10:24 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018


By Dickie Dixon

Belated Birthdays  May birthdays: 20th: Mike Maberry 21st: Carol Riggs, Patty Cotton, Erica Harmon 22nd: Sherri Baker, Yvonne Perry, Brenda Varney, Judy Baker, Christi Thompson Yarbrough, Kim Johnson 23rd: Jeanne Walton Bryant, Claude E. Welch, Sonia Nickerson, Missy Hartnett Berry

For Posterity’s Eyes May birthdays: 24th: Rosemary Blackstock, Kati Kennedy, Amanda Kennedy, Mack Frazier 25th:  Ashley Holmberg, Terri Thomas Hutton 26th:  Ray Allen, Dottie Smith Vaughan

27th: Joanna Temple, Jim Holton 28th: Kate Smith, Michel Font, Freddie Mckee Gallas, Vic Bass, Colleen Keane Miley June birthdays: June 1st: Rhonda Holland

Save the Date! (1)The Bodan Cemetery Reunion is set for Sunday, May 27th at the Cemetery. Those attending will gather at 11:00 a.m. The business meeting will start at noon. Bring a favorite dish you would like to share with friends and family. For more information, contact Jerry Jordan 888 Northwood Circle Nacogdoches, Texas 75965 or (936) 205-4037.

(2) MEETING REMINDER ALL, 1.  The VH&GS will hold their monthly meeting on Saturday, June 2, 2018 in the meeting room of the Vernon Parish Library located at 1401 Nolan Trace, Leesville, LA.  The guest speaker will be Mr. Jim Jones from Shreveport, LA.  Mr. Jones is a Genetic Genealogist.  He and his wife have manage several blogs on DNA/genealogy.  Mr. Jones has spoken to the Society several times on DNA and it’s many uses in genealogy.  2.  Mr. Jones subject matters for the meeting will be:

(a)  The Blaine Bettinger Shared cM Project

(b)  A short explanation of Visual Phasing

(c)  Mapping your chromosomes with DNA Painter

(d)  Where is DNA testing going

  1. If any of you want to get a “jump start” on the subjects to be discussed, here are some blogs by Roberta Estes that do a good job of telling how to get started: and

She also has two more blogs coming that will explain how to analyze and use your chromosome map in genealogy research. 4.  Blaine Bettinger has recorded a you tube video discussing how to use DNA Painter to paint your chromosomes to identify and attribute particular segments to specific ancestors.  The video is only 40 minutes long and includes a mini-lesson on chromosome matching, which would be good to watch before my presentation.

  1. Also if you are bringing a refreshment, please let me know.


Cheryl Perkins

Corresponding Secretary

Save the Date (3)Dickie Dixon will discuss “The Excavation of Sheffield’s Ferry” when he speaks to the Deep East Texas Archeological Society at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Iris and Anne Howard Civic Center on 213 East Court Street in Newton Texas (75966). For more information please call Pam Wright at (409) 379-2109 Klaus Gehr at (337) 329-3829 or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378. The public can email Pam at Klaus at or Dickie at

A request from the author:  I am working on “Where the Houses Went” for the Camden Sawmill Reunion in Camden, Texas at Pine Grove Baptist Church. If you or your family rented one of the sawmill houses or know someone who did, or you or your family bought one of the sawmill houses or know someone who did, please contact me at (936) 240-8378 or  I understand some of the houses may have been torn down.

For book reviews/notices please send a complimentary copy to Kissin’ Kuzzins P. O. Box 151001 Lufkin TX 75915-1001

Send your queries to Kissin’ Kuzzins P. O. Box 15-1001 Lufkin TX 75901 by email to or by phone to (936) 240-8378