Dana Leeds

Dana Leeds started researching her family tree in 1998. She bought her first DNA kit in 2016 and solved her first unknown parentage case in early 2018. While working on another case that year, she created the innovative genetic genealogy tool known as the Leeds Method. This method quickly sorts DNA matches into clusters allowing the user to see which matches belong together. Dana quickly became a nationally known genetic genealogy speaker, and she enjoys helping others to easily understand and work with their DNA results.

Dana's Upcoming Live Webinars (2)

Wed, May 4 2022: 18:00 UTC
Quickly Organize Your DNA Matches with the Leeds Method
Wed, May 4 2022: 18:00 UTC
When you take an autosomal DNA test, you get a list of people who share DNA with you because you share common ancestors. The Leeds Method uses Shared Matching to create colorful groups of these matches. Each group is likely related to you through one part of your family, and many people get four groups based on their four grandparent lines. This method is based on DNA, not trees, so it is also often effective in cases of unknown parentage. This presentation will help you create a Leeds Method chart, understand your results, and use that chart to learn more about your family tree.
When you take an autosomal DNA test, you get a list of people who share DNA with you because you share common ancestors. The Leeds Method uses Shared Matching to create colorful groups of these matches. Each group is likely related to you through one part of your family, and many people get four groups based on their four grandparent lines. This method is based on DNA, not trees, so it is also often effective in cases of unknown parentage. This presentation will help you create a Leeds Method chart, understand your results, and use that chart to learn more about your family tree.
Wed, May 4 2022: 18:00 UTC
Wed, October 5 2022: 18:00 UTC
Using Clusters to Quickly Identify DNA Matches Relevant to Your Research Question
Wed, October 5 2022: 18:00 UTC
Clusters can be created using Shared Matches, the Leeds Method, and automated tools such as AutoCluster or the Collins’ Leeds Method. Each cluster represents a group of people who are tied together because of close family relationships based on DNA. Finding an appropriate cluster can help you solve your research question even in cases of misattributed parentage or changed names. This presentation will show you how to work with clusters to answer your research questions.
Clusters can be created using Shared Matches, the Leeds Method, and automated tools such as AutoCluster or the Collins’ Leeds Method. Each cluster represents a group of people who are tied together because of close family relationships based on DNA. Finding an appropriate cluster can help you solve your research question even in cases of misattributed parentage or changed names. This presentation will show you how to work with clusters to answer your research questions.
Wed, October 5 2022: 18:00 UTC