SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — The Utah Medical Association and Heritage Genealogical College are pleased to announce the Genetics and Professional Genealogy Seminar, “Grandpa’s Genes, the Ancestral File, and Current Genetic Research.”

Over the past twenty years, Salt Lake City has gained international prominence for Genetic Research and Studies at the University of Utah, and the Huntsman Cancer Center.  This is also the worldwide center for Genealogy Research, through the facilities and collections of the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Family History Library’s famous Ancestral File and International Genealogical Index databases have long been utilized by genetic and medical research teams searching for new medical breakthroughs relating to DNA and genetics studies.  A purpose of this seminar is to discuss the historical development of genetic and DNA research, and the benefits and limitations of genealogical da.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the Utah Medical Association (UMA) and Heritage Genealogical College. The UMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The UMA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

The Utah State Office of Education also recognizes this seminar in its program for Continuing Education for Teachers, and will provide 8 credit hours of Teacher Relicensure Credits for Utah school teachers.   

Important Topics that will be discussed include:

1) DNA testing and future insurance issues;

2) DNA methods of identifying your family relationships;

3) New roles for professional genealogists in genetics and medical research fields;

4) Medical reasons for additional verification of your family research;

5) Understanding Genetic Health Issues and Answers; and

6) Developments in Medical Genetic Studies.

To make it easier for APG members and other genealogists to have the opportunity to attend a seminar that will directly affect future courses of genealogy, HGC is holding this seminar the day before the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Federation of Professional Genealogical Societies Conferences being held from September 7-10, 2005, right across the street at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. This is a wonderful opportunity for people in many interests to learn about new developments in DNA studies relating to Medicine, Science, and Genealogy Research:

1) Learning about a topic that will have far reaching effects on everyone.

2) Cost of $70 for the day (with registration by June 30th – $90 afterwards).  Special Pricing for Students will be $50.00 for the day. 

A) Medical Continuing Education Credit – 6 CME Category 1 Credits ($12.00 per credit hour.)

B) Teacher Relicensure Credit = 8 credits. ($8.75 per credit hour.)

3) Included with the seminar will be lunch and two refreshment (snacks) periods.

Registration is limited to 300 seats. Please register soon!

Heritage Genealogical College was approved and licensed by the Utah State Board of Regents on April 6, 2000, and began teaching genealogical research classes through Salt Lake Community College from January, 2001, until May, 2005. HGC is now providing all courses necessary for its Genealogical Certificate Program, Associate Degree, and Bachelor Degree. HGC is currently licensed through the Utah Department of Consumer Protection.

The seminar program will address current research in genetics, the value of genetic counseling, and problems encountered by those with genetic conditions in obtaining insurance coverage.  Emphasis will be on cooperation between different types of professionals with the fields of Genetics and Genealogy Research for the benefit of patients and clients with genetic concerns and interests. Speakers include:

Paul N Daniels, BA, BS, DPM, President of Heritage Genealogical College

John M Kitzmiller, II, AG, FSG, owner Kitzmiller Genealogical Services

Alan Rope, MD and Pilar Lenglet, MS, from the Division of Genetics, University of Utah

Marc Williams, MD, with the Genetic Institute of Salt Lake City.

Scott Woodward, PhD, with Sorenson Molecular Research Foundation

Robert Crisp, PhD, University of Utah, College of Science

Stuart Schultz, JD, with Strong & Hanni law firm in Salt Lake City

James W Petty, AG, CGRS, with Heirlines Family History and Genealogy

For more information regarding registration and fees for this truly unique seminar opportunity, go to the web site: or to or feel free to call 801-944-0254.

Contact: Jeanette Daniels, Vice President, Heritage Genealogical College – 801-944-0254.