10 2023

JGSTB - The 3-Legged Stool Protocol for Genealogical and Genetic Research

1:30PM - 3:30PM  

Contact Chris Burklund

Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay

The 3-Legged Stool Protocol for Genealogical and Genetic Research

Presentation by Arthur Sissman

Sunday, September 10, 2023

.The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will hold a meeting on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023. Participants can choose to attend in person or watch via Zoom.

  • Date:                     Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023
  • Time:                    Social with refreshments begins at 1:30 p.m.; Program – 2 p.m.
  • Place:                    In Person: Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd.,                                    Clearwater, FL33760

                                          Online: Zoom (RSVP information below)

  • Program:             The 3-Legged Stool Protocol for Genealogical and Genetic Research
  • Speaker:               Arthur Sissman


Assuming that your goal in building a genealogical tree is to place unknown potential relatives in your tree through any means possible — family Bible, historical documentation, family history and lore or DNA match connections, Arthur Sissman will discuss the components of the 3 Legged Square Topped Stool Protocol. He will use this protocol to demonstrate how he puts two separate branches together, using DNA, shared matches and most recent common ancestors. Sissman will also explain strategies for maximizing the impact of DNA testing companies in pursuit of making genetic cousins into genealogical cousins.

Sissman has been engaged in family history genealogy since 1999 and genetic genealogy (DNA) since 2015. He has built over 30 family history trees for his various family surname lines and through DNA matching, has found unknown relatives using his methods and built out one  family history tree by 150 persons in 10 days.

Sissman leads the online Jewish Genealogy Special Interest Group and a DNA SIG. He gives talks and leads workshops on DNA testing and other topics. He is a member of the Genealogical Society of Collier County, Lee County Genealogical Society and various Jewish Genealogical Societies.

In-person attendees can socialize and use JGSTB’s library before watching Sissman together via Zoom.

Online attendees must reserve to receive sign-on instructions. You can do this on our Reservation Page. The program is free to members and $5 for non-members. Dues, which will run through 2024, are $25 for single members and $35 for couples/families and can be paid through  our Dues Payment Page.

For specific questions please contact Bruce Hadburg at 727-796-7981, or email him at For more information about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay, go to

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