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Debbie Parker Wayne

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Lecturer: Course 2

Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, is a full-time, professional genealogist experienced using DNA analysis, as well as more traditional techniques, for genealogical research. She previously worked in the computer industry doing training, programming, support, and Web design. She is a Trustee for the BCG Education Fund, the Texas State Genealogical Society's DNA Project Director, a former board member and Advocacy Committee Chair of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and former president of the Lone Star Chapter of APG. Debbie won second place in the Dallas Genealogical Society's "Writing Competition 2012" and third place in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors' "2012 Excellence in Writing Competition" for a published article. Debbie has completed many courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), including advanced methodology courses at both institutes and the "Advanced Law Library and Government Documents" course at IGHR.

Debbie presented in 2013 at the National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Society conferences, Family Tree DNA Project Administrator's Conference, Southern California Jamboree DNA Day, "Genealogy as a Profession" course at IGHR, many local genealogical societies in Texas, and all-day workshops on genetic genealogy in Texas and Arkansas. She presented at the Texas General Land Office's 2011 Save Texas History Symposium and for several years at the Angelina College Genealogy Conference. She is the DNA instructor for the Forensic Genealogy Institute sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy.

Debbie's DNA research focuses on client projects and on research into her own family project which includes Y DNA, mtDNA, X DNA, and autosomal DNA studies. Her traditional research focuses on Texas, the Southwest, and the Southern U.S. Her publications include articles in Digital Genealogist, NGS Magazine, Texas State Genealogical Society journal Stirpes, Dallas Genealogical Society journal Pegasus, and others. Debbie has worked on multiple genealogical television series. In 2008, before the recent popularity of genealogy-related shows, Debbie worked on an episode of the Canadian series Ancestors in the Attic. This episode featured the descendants of a slave family in Smith County, Texas, who had migrated to Canada. In 2011 Debbie worked on an episode of the PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. featuring a descendant of another East Texas slave family. This episode with Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University, was broadcast on 29 April 2012. She has also done research for Who Do You Think You Are? on The Learning Channel.

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