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If you just can’t get enough of your family this time of year, the National Geographic and IBM’s Genographic Project can show you at least several millennia’s worth of relatives. This ambitious genome project seeks to identify genes in terms of migratory patterns, by collecting and analyzing over 100,000 DNA samples mostly from indigenous and “traditional” people. Project director Spencer Wells travels the world swabbing cheeks, and the goal is that, after time in the lab, the stuff on those Q-tips will provide an ancestral map for mankind. Average Joe is welcome to participate, though, and for about a hundred bucks you can get a kit that the National Geographic Web site boasts will “reveal the anthropological story of your direct maternal or paternal ancestor.” Wells speaks at 7:30 p.m. at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall’s Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. $17. (202) 857-7700. (Kim Rinehimer)