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Introducing Y-DNA for autosomal DNA testers
Many DNA testers have started with autosomal DNA testing. For these people Y-DNA is still a mystery. This talk is aimed at those already using genetic genealogy but are curious about Y-DNA testing. I will explain the Y-DNA test and results in basic terms to help those starting out.
Many DNA testers have started with autosomal DNA testing. For these people Y-DNA is still a mystery. This talk is aimed at those already using genetic genealogy but are curious about Y-DNA testing. I will explain the Y-DNA test and results in basic terms to help those starting out.
Sat, February 15 2020: 0:00 UTC
54:56
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The Promise & Limitations of autosomal DNA
The first cousin-matching autosomal DNA tests became available in 2009. Sales have exploded in the last few years and over 30 million people have now tested. However, the currently available tests still have many limitations. It is important to consider these uncertainties when incorporating DNA evidence into genealogical research. As…
The first cousin-matching autosomal DNA tests became available in 2009. Sales have exploded in the last few years and over 30 million people have now tested. However, the currently available tests still have many limitations. It is important to consider these uncertainties when incorporating DNA evidence into genealogical research. As…
Sat, February 15 2020: 0:00 UTC
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The Ballycarry DNA Project – Initial Findings
The Ballycarry project is examining a geographic area through DNA and attempting to find connections between people descended from families who lived there in days gone by.
The Ballycarry project is examining a geographic area through DNA and attempting to find connections between people descended from families who lived there in days gone by.
Fri, February 14 2020: 0:00 UTC
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Family Matching Update – how to get results
Getting your DNA results can be daunting for the beginner, but this need not be the case. The talk will guide you through how to use Family Matching on FTDNA and show how impressive successes can be achieved without any previous knowledge of the subject.
Getting your DNA results can be daunting for the beginner, but this need not be the case. The talk will guide you through how to use Family Matching on FTDNA and show how impressive successes can be achieved without any previous knowledge of the subject.
Fri, February 14 2020: 0:00 UTC
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Using GenomeMate Pro & Other Tools
This presentation will delve into the world of DNA segment data and how to use it to enhance your genealogical research. I will explain how to use both the tools provided by the main testing companies and the most useful currently available third party tools. I will use practical examples…
This presentation will delve into the world of DNA segment data and how to use it to enhance your genealogical research. I will explain how to use both the tools provided by the main testing companies and the most useful currently available third party tools. I will use practical examples…
Sat, October 19 2019: 0:00 UTC
59:29
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Irish Genealogies & DNA: Back into the Mythological Past
When people research their Irish family history and ancestry, their surname is probably the most important part of their identity.
When people research their Irish family history and ancestry, their surname is probably the most important part of their identity.
Sat, October 19 2019: 0:00 UTC
58:36
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Exploring new Y-DNA Horizons with Big Y-700
The Big Y-700 test provides a new frontier in Y-DNA testing options. I will discuss the details of this test and what you can expect to find from it.
The Big Y-700 test provides a new frontier in Y-DNA testing options. I will discuss the details of this test and what you can expect to find from it.
Sat, October 19 2019: 0:00 UTC
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Irish DNA Down Under
The topic will give an overview of migration waves and patterns from Ireland into Australia and New Zealand and discuss a number of examples of Irish ancestry puzzles and the role DNA has had in resolving them.
The topic will give an overview of migration waves and patterns from Ireland into Australia and New Zealand and discuss a number of examples of Irish ancestry puzzles and the role DNA has had in resolving them.
Sat, October 19 2019: 0:00 UTC
57:23
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The DNA Journey: Perspectives from Irish Adoptees
I’ll be talking about my experience as a psychotherapist working with adoptees on their voyage of discovery: what it's like to search when you have nothing.
I’ll be talking about my experience as a psychotherapist working with adoptees on their voyage of discovery: what it's like to search when you have nothing.
Sat, October 19 2019: 0:00 UTC
50:22
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Canadian Casualty Identification Program – using Databases to connect Families to Their Lost Soldiers
We will take a look at the work being done by the Canadian Casualty Identification Program as well as the use of DNA databases to help in the process.
We will take a look at the work being done by the Canadian Casualty Identification Program as well as the use of DNA databases to help in the process.
Fri, October 18 2019: 0:00 UTC
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Did the Irish bring rare mtDNA to Newfoundland?
Given the substantial number of Irish who settled in Newfoundland, it is natural to ask whether Ireland is the source of this mtDNA lineage. This lecture will highlight what is known of the H5a5 profile in Newfoundland and where it may have originated.
Given the substantial number of Irish who settled in Newfoundland, it is natural to ask whether Ireland is the source of this mtDNA lineage. This lecture will highlight what is known of the H5a5 profile in Newfoundland and where it may have originated.
Fri, October 18 2019: 0:00 UTC
54:33
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The Tools at DNAgedcom & Genetic.Family
DNAGedcom has been around since 2011, but there have been a lot of changes recently there. Join us for a review of the changes over the last year, including new announcements first seen at Genetic Genealogy Ireland.
DNAGedcom has been around since 2011, but there have been a lot of changes recently there. Join us for a review of the changes over the last year, including new announcements first seen at Genetic Genealogy Ireland.
Fri, October 18 2019: 0:00 UTC

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Wed, July 6 2022: 18:00 UTC
What’s New at DNA Painter
Wed, July 6 2022: 18:00 UTC
DNA Painter is a popular website for genealogists who want to explore their autosomal DNA test results. Join site creator Jonny Perl for this update on new features for tree visualizations and chromosome mapping, as well as other recent releases and tools.
DNA Painter is a popular website for genealogists who want to explore their autosomal DNA test results. Join site creator Jonny Perl for this update on new features for tree visualizations and chromosome mapping, as well as other recent releases and tools.
Wed, July 6 2022: 18:00 UTC
Tue, July 12 2022: 18:00 UTC
Exploring Your Ethnicities on MyHeritage
Tue, July 12 2022: 18:00 UTC
The MyHeritage DNA test offers the most detailed ethnicity report on the market, pinpointing your origins across thousands of genetic and geographic regions. Learn how to explore, analyze, and interpret your results to gain insights about where you come from.
The MyHeritage DNA test offers the most detailed ethnicity report on the market, pinpointing your origins across thousands of genetic and geographic regions. Learn how to explore, analyze, and interpret your results to gain insights about where you come from.
Tue, July 12 2022: 18:00 UTC
Wed, August 17 2022: 0:00 UTC
Finding Fayette’s Father: Autosomal DNA Reveals Misattributed Parentage
Wed, August 17 2022: 0:00 UTC
Traditional documentation clearly identified Fayette’s father without conflict. However, the DNA results of Fayette’s descendants told a different story. Learn how DNA evidence combined with a trail of clues and the application of the Genealogical Proof Standard revealed a secret from the summer of 1913.
Traditional documentation clearly identified Fayette’s father without conflict. However, the DNA results of Fayette’s descendants told a different story. Learn how DNA evidence combined with a trail of clues and the application of the Genealogical Proof Standard revealed a secret from the summer of 1913.
Wed, August 17 2022: 0:00 UTC
Wed, September 7 2022: 18:00 UTC
mtDNA and YDNA in 2022
Wed, September 7 2022: 18:00 UTC
We know the DNA testing industry is changing all of the time, but how much have YDNA and mtDNA changed? Let’s cover what is tried and true and what is new with these two “other” kinds of DNA tests.
We know the DNA testing industry is changing all of the time, but how much have YDNA and mtDNA changed? Let’s cover what is tried and true and what is new with these two “other” kinds of DNA tests.
Wed, September 7 2022: 18:00 UTC
Fri, September 30 2022: 14:15 UTC
The Top Ten DNA Do’s and Don’ts!
Fri, September 30 2022: 14:15 UTC
In this presentation Michelle will outline her most important DNA tips with a list of her top ten things you should do if you want to make progress with DNA testing for family history as well as her top ten things you should avoid. These tips will help you be successful on your DNA journey and steer clear of common mistakes and pitfalls.
In this presentation Michelle will outline her most important DNA tips with a list of her top ten things you should do if you want to make progress with DNA testing for family history as well as her top ten things you should avoid. These tips will help you be successful on your DNA journey and steer clear of common mistakes and pitfalls.
Fri, September 30 2022: 14:15 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
Wed, November 2 2022: 18:00 UTC
Right Place, Right Time, Right Person: Intersections of DNA and Document Evidence
Wed, November 2 2022: 18:00 UTC
While genetic evidence can aid in the resolution of research obstacles, at the end of the day, genetic genealogy is just genealogy and must be considered within the context of documentary evidence. Even so, the aims of documentary research to make sense of anomalies in genetic evidence often center around finding the right person in the right place at the right time to be an ancestor of a research subject. Learn how to creatively use documentary evidence to recognize and detect intersections of DNA and document evidence.
While genetic evidence can aid in the resolution of research obstacles, at the end of the day, genetic genealogy is just genealogy and must be considered within the context of documentary evidence. Even so, the aims of documentary research to make sense of anomalies in genetic evidence often center around finding the right person in the right place at the right time to be an ancestor of a research subject. Learn how to creatively use documentary evidence to recognize and detect intersections of DNA and document evidence.
Wed, November 2 2022: 18:00 UTC
Wed, December 7 2022: 19:00 UTC
Creating a DNA plan for Geoff’s brick wall
Wed, December 7 2022: 19:00 UTC
Despite his best efforts, Geoff Rasmussen’s long standing brick wall hasn’t come down yet. John Williams, born in New York City between 1840-1854, was the son of John Williams. Family tradition says that “he was orphaned at the age of 10 and shifted around until he was 16”. Geoff thinks it’s time to add a little genetic genealogy to his plan. On hand to help him develop this DNA plan is DNA expert Diahan Southard. Join us and learn techniques that you can apply to your own family tree.
Despite his best efforts, Geoff Rasmussen’s long standing brick wall hasn’t come down yet. John Williams, born in New York City between 1840-1854, was the son of John Williams. Family tradition says that “he was orphaned at the age of 10 and shifted around until he was 16”. Geoff thinks it’s time to add a little genetic genealogy to his plan. On hand to help him develop this DNA plan is DNA expert Diahan Southard. Join us and learn techniques that you can apply to your own family tree.
Wed, December 7 2022: 19:00 UTC
Thu, July 14 2022: 0:00 UTC
Montana Genealogy Treasures
Thu, July 14 2022: 0:00 UTC
Montana has 56 counties, and there’s a plethora of sources available across this 4th largest state. You’ll get a quick tour of Montana genealogy treasures online. Also, a tour of Montana sites and their specific genealogy databases available from archives and local history societies, along with a site-specific guide telling of the latest archives, museums, libraries and historical/genealogical societies open to aid in your search for ancestors, and ghost towns and mining camps, too! We’ll experience historical Montana maps available online, learn how to plan a specific trip to maximize the archives and local historical sites where other records (taxes, poll taxes, road taxes, poor taxes, boulevard districts, real estate additions, types of directories available per area, etc.), and note the specific genealogy and history societies/museums available to provide local helps. You’ll have access to a 30+ page (online) of the resources and references noted in the presentation.
Montana has 56 counties, and there’s a plethora of sources available across this 4th largest state. You’ll get a quick tour of Montana genealogy treasures online. Also, a tour of Montana sites and their specific genealogy databases available from archives and local history societies, along with a site-specific guide telling of the latest archives, museums, libraries and historical/genealogical societies open to aid in your search for ancestors, and ghost towns and mining camps, too! We’ll experience historical Montana maps available online, learn how to plan a specific trip to maximize the archives and local historical sites where other records (taxes, poll taxes, road taxes, poor taxes, boulevard districts, real estate additions, types of directories available per area, etc.), and note the specific genealogy and history societies/museums available to provide local helps. You’ll have access to a 30+ page (online) of the resources and references noted in the presentation.
Thu, July 14 2022: 0:00 UTC