Genealogical Society to continue focus on DNA at June meeting


By Carolyn Paschal | Archuleta County Genealogical Society

The Archuleta County Genealogical Society is pleased to welcome Dorothy Coltrin to our June 4 meeting.

This will be a hybrid meeting with Coltrin presenting via Zoom from Boulder, Colo.

In continuing our focus on DNA, her presentation will be entitled “Am I a Coltrin or a Coltrane?” She will demonstrate how Y-chromosome DNA is used to connect those individuals who have the same surname. This presentation will describe the underlying biology for this matching and present a case study to show how this tool can be used to determine these connections.

Coltrin has 15 years experience as a researcher, teacher, lecturer and writer. She is a member of the New England Historic Genealogic Society; WISE — a Welsh, Irish, Scottish, English Colorado Society; the Boulder Genealogical Society; and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She holds a BS and MS in nutritional biology and has been a community college professor for more than 30 years. Coltrin is also the group administrator of the Surname project at Family Tree DNA.

The Archuleta County Genealogical Society meets at the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street beginning at 10 a.m.

Those uncomfortable meeting in person can join via Zoom. Please contact Carolyn Paschal at for the link. A short business meeting will follow the presentation.

All visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.