Autosomal DNA is a flexible, information-rich test that has most people left wondering what the next steps should be. We will briefly explore the more advanced tools and methodology behind the results at the major testing companies. We will talk in detail about phasing, centromeres, chromosome browsers, and the molecular clock. We will also explore external genetic genealogy websites with their vast array of additional analysis tools including: Gedmatch- a meeting ground for those tested at any of the three main companies, Gedmatch has a wide variety of tools available including chromosome browsers, admixture calculators, and a unique tool called Lazarus that can help you reconstruct the DNA profile of your ancestor. DNAGedcom.com- there are a variety of tools available here for helping you make connections with your genetic cousins. We will specifically explore the Autosomal DNA segment analyzer to understand its power in helping to navigate your results at Family Tree DNA. Promethease- For a small fee you can extract a limited amount of health information from an autosomal DNA test completed by any major DNA testing company. We will talk about the pros and cons of this kind of information and help you make an informed decision about obtaining health information from your genetic genealogy test results. Take your DNA test to the next level with these exciting genetic genealogy tools!
Diahan Southard is a leading voice for consumer DNA testing from her position as Founder of Your DNA Guide. Diahan teaches internationally, consults with leading testing companies and forensics experts. Southard's company, Your DNA Guide (YourDNAGuide.com), deploys a team of scientists who provide one-on-one genetic genealogy education and research services. She recently published Your DNA Guide-the Book, that takes you on a step-by-step journey with your DNA in order to find answers to your genealogy questions. You will walk away from an interaction wither her enlightened and motivated as she has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.