Jim Sims

Making genetic genealogy more understandable...

I have more than 15 years experience in genetic genealogy. I am the volunteer administrator of the Symes Surname Project, which uses Y-DNA. That project is hosted by Family Tree DNA. I have 20 years of experience as an amateur genealogist, working mostly in the Southern and Mid Atlantic states from the British Colonial North American period through the 20th century. I began speaking on the topic of genetic genealogy in 2014 in the Metro Detroit, Michigan area. I have spoken on the topic of genetic genealogy to genealogical societies, lineage societies and clubs, to patrons of public libraries, audiences at community colleges and I presented at the 2018 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar in Lansing, Michigan.

I'm a regular attendee and frequent speaker at the Oakland County Genealogical Society DNA SIG, which meets more or less quarterly at the Highland Township Public Library in Highland, Michigan on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30AM. The address is 444 Beach Farm Circle, Highland MI 48356. If you plan to attend, please register for a meeting using the Highland Township Library calendar/registration system, so there are plenty of chairs and tables. All are welcome, and the meetings are free to attend. The topics for my presentations at the meetings are chosen to help advance a better understanding of genetic genealogy concepts and techniques with a secondary emphasis on specialty software tools. One of the many benefits of attending my SIG talks is I make the slides available as a pdf file under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution license! I encourage others to use them for their own learning and to teach others.

Since retiring in 2013, I don't do paid consulting or projects. I do accept speaking fees for talks, and travel reimbursements when I travel outside of Oakland County, Michigan.

I earned a BA in biology and a PhD in chemistry. I did postdoctoral research at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri. I taught biology and biochemistry to undergraduates, graduate students and medical students over the course of my academic career in Texas institutions of higher eduction. I retired in 2013 after a 28 year career at a health science center in Texas, where I held several academic positions and was a health science center administrator.

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