17 April 2014

Jamboree - Meet the Speakers: Cheri Mello

Professionally, Cheri Mello is a math teacher with degrees in psychology, sociology, human and child development, and master’s in education. She became a National Board Certified Teacher, the most prestigious and highest teaching credential in the educational world.

The genealogy bug was planted in Cheri with the 5th grade history project. Her maternal grandmother gave her some material which she used. She used it later for a Girl Scout badge and pulled out the information many times and wondered about her family and how she could learn more. Some of this material is still incorporated into her current presentations.

Cheri began her active adult research 22 years ago, after the death of her remaining grandparents. She has done research in many states, even taking a trip overseas in search of her Portuguese ancestry. Ten years ago, she became involved in DNA, and was recruited as the Project Co-administrator for the Azores DNA project. She runs five DNA projects and manages mailing lists involving Portuguese-Azorean genealogy.

Cheri lectures now not only on Portuguese and DNA topics, but a host of other topics including software programs and Find-A-Grave.

TH003 Thursday June 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Making the Connection between Your Family Tree and DNA

A brief overview of DNA and its applications will segue into learning how to maximize the results by generating a GEDCOM to pinpoint the common ancestor.

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