CUBA, NY – The Cuba Circulating Library, 39 E. Main St., invites the public to learn about themselves and the importance of knowing their family histories during a May 20, 6:30 p.m., program given by Chris Dalton, a member of the history faculty at St. Bonaventure University.

In the age of genetic testing and internet ancestry, family legacies have made personal identities increasingly complicated, interesting and problematic. Dalton will address how family history defines people and how they define their history and encourage them to consider how their family trees connect them to those that came before them and how they connect with those in their family trees. They also will learn how their DNA makes them unique, but unique in the same way as 100 billion other human beings.

Dalton will explore questions of ancestry and heritage, considering claims to royalty and exploring the math behind bloodline percentages. He also will discuss how people might reconcile the unfortunate circumstances of ancestors who lived through hardships or even contributed to those hardships. Some attendees may have  fun discovering their connections to the Vikings or the Mongols or to the pharaohs.

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Attendees are encouraged to bring family stories and legacies.

This class is free and open to all ages. No registration is required.