The Ellis County Genealogical Society presents Mary-Ready Gatewood at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in a special program at the Ellis County Woman’s Building.

Gatewood will discuss “The ABCs of DNA - Basic Highlights for Genealogy.”

Gatewood became interested in genealogy in 1989 during the Great Ramses II exhibit in Dallas, where she served as a docent. Her interest led to membership with the American Research Center in Egypt, which is a nonprofit historical society dedicated to preserving the artifacts, culture and history of ancient Egypt.

She also joined 10 other genealogical and historical societies, including the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, the National Genealogical Society and others located in Illinois, Ohio, Virginia and Ellis County. She has written a family historical article that is being reviewed for publication in “Pioneers of Perry County, Vol. 2,” which is a compendium of short stories about ancestors who settled or lived in Ohio County prior to December 1830.

She is involved in surveying, photographing and uploading tombstone photographs for the USGenweb Project, private family Web sites and county and graveyard projects. She is serving as a FamilyTreeDNA group administrator for a surname project.

Refreshments will be served and visitors are welcome to attend.

The society typically meets the first Monday of the month, with this month’s meeting date changed due to the Labor Day holiday.