Connecting the Dots – Introduction to Auto Clusters at MyHeritageDNA

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Jul 14, 2020
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Speaker's Introduction
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Genetic Networks
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Autocluster Report
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What a Cluster Represents
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What Next?
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Genetic network analysis is a powerful approach for interpreting DNA match lists, and MyHeritageDNA has an autocluster tool built into their interface to enable this analysis. Learn how to interpret the results of an autocluster, what a cluster means, types of cluster alliances, and next steps for your cluster analysis. 

About the speakers

About the speakers

MyHeritage is the leading global destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. Our platform and DNA kits make it easy for anyone, anywhere to embark on a meaningful journey into their past and treasure their family stories fo
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From a young age, Paul Woodbury fell in love with genealogy research. To pursue his passion for this field, he studied genetics and family history at Brigham Young University. To aid in his desire to share his knowledge with others, he has also re
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    1. Excellent presentation.

    5 is not sufficient. Paul’s graphic are great along with the explanations

    A lot of info! I ll need to see this again-but this is great tool. Now I understand how to use it better.

    A lot of interesting information and well done!!

    A truly wonderful presentation, clear and helpful. Thank you!

    Always get helpful information from these, thank you.

    Another excellent MyH webinar. I now have a better understanding of the gray boxes and how to make clustering work for me. Thank you!

    Speaker was knowledgeable and presented clearly. Learned new information that will help me as I’m just getting started with DNA analysis.

    Clear explanations I am learning more about how DNA can help us with genealogy.

    Clear instructions on an intriguing subject.

    Clear, well presented. Good info.

    Complicated material. Thank you for the introduction.

    complicated subject. i may need to view again. Also, i can never find the syllabus.

    Complicated topic made understandable. Thanks!

    Comprehensive overview. Would appreciate more focus on how to use the tool.

    Content was good.

    Deeper into DNA than I have delved. (A little over my head.) But it is something new for me to look at…something I may never have taken advantage of.

    Descended into incomprehensibility in the last 20 minutes.

    Difficulties for a DNA beginner. Will relisten.

    Due to my ignorance, this lecture was way above my 87 year old brain!

    easy to understand I will be using my notes to work on the dna

    Enjoyed & am looking forward to the next seminary’s.

    This one has made DNA a little more understanding.

    Excellent as always thanks

    Excellent as always! Thank you for making the hand-out available so quickly.

    Excellent information and well explained. I now have a better idea of what to do with my AutoCluster reports.

    Excellent information, though a little too technical for me at times. I will go back and look at his previous webinar on shared DNA.

    Excellent job

    Excellent material and speaker presented it well….just need to see again to absorb the info. Thank you!

    Excellent presentation and Syllabus! Learned a lot. Thanks!

    excellent presentation of a somewhat difficult topic

    Excellent presentation.

    Excellent presentation. looking forward to reading the handout !

    Excellent presenter

    Excellent speaker, Very clear. easy to listen too,

    Excellent webinar! Thank you!

    Excellent! Will watch it again and again!

    Excellent. I plan to watch it again!

    Excellent. Thank you.

    excellent. Well presented and very understandable

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    Fabulous webinar on Auto-Clusters, network analysis, and more! I need to watch again to go over a few points and how-to’s, and I definitely need to pore over this EXCELLENT handout – it’s literally like a mini-course! Paul was excellent, calm, used a comfortable pace for this complex info. Much appreciated!!

    Fantatic webinar for someone who wants (needs) to create gentic networks! I Look forward for re-reviewing this webinar after I review the handout and the beginner webinar.

    Fascinating. So much to learn!

    First time I understood how clustering works.

    Good but a bit confusing.

    Good explanation and demonstration

    Good explanation for a confusing topic

    Good information on this topic. Have just now requested a report!

    Good information, and presented in an easy-to-understand way. Thanks.

    Good information, though I had a bit of trouble keeping up trying to understand the examples… went a little fast for me.

    Good insight into genetic clusters and the different representation techniques (formats, charts) to group descendants and identify common ancestor(s).

    Good intro to understanding all the squares in the cluster boxes! I ran my Auto Clusters in late May but was clueless about the colored cluster boxes. Thank you.

    Good introduction to concepts and mechanics of using the autocluster tool.

    Good presentation of a complicated subject.

    Great handout that I will need to spend time digesting. I need a bit more education before listening to this webinar again.

    Great information and presenter. Loved the live demonstration.

    Great new information. Looking forward to checking out my auto clusters! Thanks

    Great presentation with lots of great info. Lovely to get the handout and all the other links. Paul is an excellent speaker who I would recommend to others based on this presentation. In fact, I will be passing the link on to others I know who might be interested. Thanks.

    Great slides … can’t wait to dive into the syllabus!

    Great topic, but perhaps needed to spend less time on the basic autosomal information and more on using the clusters in practical research problems. Loved the example at the end and would have liked to have spent more time on that.

    Great webinar on auto clusters.

    Great webinar which I will need to watch again to glean the most information from the talk.

    Great webinar- would like him to have a brickwall and show us a live demo of how he solved it with DNA

    Great webinar. He said it was an intermediate level, but would bump this up a little. Have done my Autoclusters on My Heritage. Gave me a couple ideas to follow thru with for some 4th-5th cousins. Thanks

    Great webinar. I was able to follow and understand Paul. I was clueless as to what to do with my Auto Cluster Report.

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    He did a wonderful job!

    He explained everything so well that I can better use the tool. Thanks so much.

    He knew his subject well and presented it clearly and in an understandable manner.

    He was great & explained it well

    I got some good tips!

    I always love Paul’s presentations.

    I am still lost about auto clusters.

    I am very grateful for the comprehensive handout, as this is new to me and therefore harder to digest at a single presentation.

    I appreciated the descriptions/labels on the Graph Formats: NodeXL.

    I could hear the speaker very well all the time and enjoyed his topic.

    I didn’t realize this was an advanced course. I did miss the first few minutes so I will go back and review. This is a subject I really want to understand!

    I found this presentation extremely helpful. Thank you so much.

    I had done my report and his explanation helped

    I have downloaded the cluster reports before for me and my sons, but was overwhelmed on what to do next. This webinar will help me understand the next steps. I’m so thankful for such a good syllabus to help. Thanks to Paul!!

    I learn much more by listening instead of reading about DNA tools. It was great!

    I learned a lot about interpreting the clusters. I will go back and look at my clusters again with the added information. Thank you.

    I learned a lot from this webinar today. I’m inspired to investigate Nodal charting and other things. Thank you.

    I learned a lot!

    I learned a lot. Thanks.

    I look forward to exploring my auto clusters now that I have seen this webinar. Thx

    I love Paul Woodbury’s presentations. He makes arcane material very available.

    I need a bit more basic knowledge to follow properly.

    I think I will need to view this again and study the syllabus. Not an easy topic to understand.

    I thought the content was great, Paul’s delivery was fantastic.

    I was able to follow along but towards the end I was lost on exactly what he meant. I wish the slides were included in the printout.

    I’ll need to watch this again, probably a number of times—there’s a fair amount I didn’t catch first time thru, but in general very helpful. So thankful for the syllabus!

    Information clearly expressed and explained.

    Instructor was very knowledgeable and provided ample examples. Also, an excellent Syllabus was provided. Thank you so much for sharing your talents!!


    interesting – haven’t tested with My Heritage so this one did not help me as much as some others

    It quiickly went over my head and I did not finish it. But he was a good presenter.

    It was a great overview and explanation,but a lot to take in.Thanks for the handout!

    It was a very helpful overview that gives me a point from which to begin.

    It was very good, as a newbie in DNA i found his explanation easy to understand

    It would be helpful to have the syllabus ahead of time.

    I find it easier to concentrate on what the presenter is saying rather than trying to write down information and make graphs. A lot of great information. Thanks.

    Just fantastic! Thanks too for the wonderful, comprehensive handout. I am inspired!

    just his explaining the words. Subject, nodes, edges and clusters helped me.

    Learned a good deal about auto clusters that I hadn’t figured out on my own. Webinar well worth my time..

    Lots of great information. I’m not intermediate, so I’ll be going back to the introductory lecture to get more basics though.

    Lots of helpful information. I may need to watch it again!

    Lots to absorb from this complete webinar.

    Love it, but should have gone further to explain how to find an unknown distant ancestor. If own family data did not success, make up hypothetical family.

  4. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    Many questions were answered but I still have many more. Presentation was very clear and informative.

    Missed how to remove cluster groups that are not research interest.

    Mostly information I am familiar with already. Thanks for doing this.

    Mostly over my understanding level.

    need to watch again, and again.

    Needs to slow down a bit so I can absorb new info and terminology along with what it means visually. Lots of good info and tools.

    Next level just helpful

    One of the best explanations I have heard of the clustering results. Thanks!

    Pace was too fast for complicated topic

    Paul – thank you for your in-depth explanation and use of this methodology for sorting and arranging our genetic cousins into clusters (groups) thereby also enabling our further research and analysis.

    Paul answered the question on setting minimum values for shared dna by saying that capability exists at Genetic Affairs. As an existing Genetic Affairs user, I know that there is no way to link to a MyHeritage account so it would be helpful to explain how to use Genetic Affairs tools on MyHeritage match lists.

    Paul appeared very knowledgeable. I’m just learning about this side of DNA analysis. Will need to watch this again later as I put it all together.

    Paul could slow down just a little for those of us new to Auto Clusters and trying to take notes & follow what he is saying. Over all I liked the webinar, but would probably need to watch it again to get full use of what he covered, as he did cover a lot of useful information.

    Paul has been doing DNA research for me for the last year. So glad you provided this seminar with him. It was extremely helpful to my continuing DNA research.

    Paul is always make a difficult subject very clear and I appreciate the visial charts to explain his points.

    Paul is very knowledgeable and explains the DNA auto cluster process very clearly. Thank you.

    Paul is very well organized. He also has chosen his words very well. On a basically difficult subject.

    Paul presents information very well. I will have to watch again as there is so much information to learn about. Thank you.

    Paul spoke very clearly and distinctly for those of us that are hard of hearing! No strain to understand. Thanks.

    Paul touched on the Leeds Method, and I would have liked to have seen how he incorporates that chart to his Autocluster research.

    Paul was well organized with clear slides and cases. Love autoclusters and he did them justice!

    Paul Woodbury is a 5 Star presenter and is very knowledgeable regarding DNA! Excellent presentation!

    Paul Woodbury is a great presenter.

    Paul Woodbury is always excellent. He is so good at clearly explaining things.

    Paul Woodbury took a complicated topic and made it understandable enough that I feel confident to finally try to make sense of my autoclusters!

    Paul Woodward gave a really well thought out presentation on autoclusters. So thank you Paul …and MyHeritage for providing this tool!

    Pretty technical information at some points but was a great intermediate presentation. Can’t wait to try it on my family conundrum!

    Really great presentation

    Really helpful explanations. So much easier to learn about autoclusters when tutored like this. Thanks

    Really interesting and informative.

    Really interesting to learn about this tool.

    So much great information. Some of it confirming that I was on the right track with how I was using auto clusters. I will certainly listen again.

    So much information. Now I know how to use it.

    some good strategies that I hadn’t though of, but will try out!

    Such a lot of information that I will have to watch it more than once to really grasp all the details!

  5. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    Thank you for the webinar which helped to explain and clarify autoclusters.

    Thank you so much. This was very informative, and I need to listen again and again!

    Thank you!

    Thank you, Paul! Great info and well presented. Going to take a look at the clusters much closer now!

    Thank you, Paul. Excellent!

    Thanks for clearing up some of the questions about Auto Clustering.

    The clearest presentation of this type of information. The speaker’s presentation was clear, understandable and so well presented.

    The info was great. However, it is a little over my head

    The level was a little higher than I am at but I was able to understand the overall direction. It really has me psyched to get going.

    The material was great

    He’s a very good speaker.

    The more I hear, the more I am beginning to understand.

    the presenter was great and interesting topic

    The speaker and syllabus are both excellent. Thank you for this terrific webinar.

    The webinar was very detailed. I left the webinar early because it was over my head. I will need to take more beginner classes first.

    the webinar was very informative, thank you

    This is going to require some experimentation.

    Thanks so much for making this webinar free.

    This was very helpful and I am sure I will find the handout very useful as well.

    This was very interesting

    This was very interesting.

    This webinar really helped me understand the Clusters report!

    Thoroughly enjoyed and learned alot.

    too advanced for me

    Truly excellent. All my questions were answered and then some!

    useful info

    Very clear analysis of DNA results!

    Very clearly presented. I plan to re-visit the program to review his examples. Thank you!

    very competent presenter

    very good presenter. He covered a lot of material and i got lost a couple of times. I will definitely ago back and watch it again. I am so imptessed with the amoujnt of material in the syllabus.

    Very good. Would like to see a future webinar on using Auto Clusters specifically with endogamous populations (e.g., Ashkenazi Jewish).

    Very helpful information I will want to use tomorrow

    Very helpful!

    Very helpful. Explained clusters.

    very informative

    Very informative, thanks!

    Very informative. Thank you!

    Very informative.

    Very interesting information. Was very excited to win the door prize at the end!

    very interesting! organized and well done

    Very interesting.

    Very nice info on auto-clustering.

    Very relevant and I plan to watch it again on replay.

    Very useful for getting some useful results from the tool.

    very useful. Thank you.

    Very well presented. Good use of visual aids.

    Was hoping for a step-by-step methodology to review and analyze the auto cluster report. Great information, though. I probably need to rewatch this webinar.

    Well presented and clear for complicated material. I’m a few steps closer to managing my matches with this help!


    You answered several of my questions. Thank you!


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