DNA Genealogy Conference

Are you confused or fascinated by your DNA results?
Do you have questions on locating information and records for your Ashkenazi or Sephardic ancestors?
Are you interested in what New Mexico’s unique DNA reveals?

For answers to these questions and more, the annual Jewish DNA and Genealogy Workshop will help.
Four expert speakers will offer assistance, information, and resources at the all-day event, which is open to all.

Gil Bardige
Ohio native and genealogist Gil will cover genealogy and genetic genealogy, a timeline of Jewish history and heritage, types of DNA tests, DNA as a genealogical research tool, managing expectations, where the clues lead, who should test, why to test, surprises, what the four major services offer, costs and savings, endogamy for both Ashkenazim and Sephardim, and other topics. He was an early DNA adopter as a tool for genealogists and his mission is to lessen confusion about DNA, and answer questions on testing and results from the four major DNA testing services.

He speaks at local and international conferences, and is the volunteer administrator of four DNA projects at FamilyTreeDNA. He also runs the IAJGS conference mentoring program, with one-on-one assistance for conference attendees and topic experts.

Todd Knowles, AG
Todd is a Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch. He is based at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City. His lifelong search for his own Jewish roots led to the creation of the Knowles Collection: six databases containing records of nearly 1.5 million Jewish people. His blog is The Knowles Collection, and he is president of the Utah Jewish Genealogical Society (UJGS). He will speak on: “Making the most of FamilySearch for Jewish Research.”

Miguel A. Torrez
New Mexico native Miguel is the administrator of the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s DNA project. He is a research technologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working in Material Science. He earned his BS in Environmental Science from Northern New Mexico College, has authored and co-authored many articles on genetic genealogy, and has served on the board of directors for the Chimay√≥ Cultural Preservation Association as President and Vice President. He will discuss the NMGS DNA Project and what the results reveal about the ancestry of Nuevomexicanos as a whole.

Rabbi Jordi Gendra-Molina
Barcelona-born Rabbi Jordi is an integral member of the Spanish Citizenship Committee of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, and has assisted in preparing thousands of applications with his knowledge of genealogical resources and archival experience. The director of Casa Sefarad, and the first Spanish-born rabbi ordained (Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) since the Inquisition, and holds a Ph.D. (Medieval Jewish History and literature) from the Universitat de Girona (Spain), and an M.A. (Linguistics, Semitic languages: Hebrew and Aramaic) from the Universitat de Barcelona.


The annual event – a joint project of Casa Sefarad and the Jewish Genealogical Society of New Mexico – will be held from 9.30am-4.30pm on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at the JCC of Albuquerque.

For more information, contact event chairs Maria Apodaca and Schelly Talalay Dardashti at

Online ticket sales have ended but walk-ins are welcome.
You may purchase tickets onsite for $15 at the door.
Checks payable to Casa Sefarad ,or cash (exact change) only.
Sorry no lunch option can be purchased on the day of the event.