Creating a DNA plan for Geoff’s brick wall

Diahan Southard
Dec 7, 2022
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Speaker's Introduction
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Test the right person
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Genetics vs genealogy
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Genetic network
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Split the network
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Generation of Connection
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Do genealogy
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Next steps
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About this webinar

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.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Diahan Southard knows firsthand what a difference it can make to know where you came from. What started off as an educational and career interest in genetic genealogy became deeply personal when she used DNA to discover her mom’s birth parents and
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  1. DG
    Diana Gill
    1 year ago

    Fantastic and so inspirational – thank you both! I will watch this again and again

  2. RA
    Robyn Aldridge
    1 year ago

    That was so inspiring. I’ve a lot of catching up to do, seeing there have been a number of non-genealogy obstacles in the way but at least I’ve made a start!

  3. EN
    Emma North
    1 year ago

    Oh my. After watching this and looking back at my matches…..I think my GG grandmother has a different father to her siblings! Brilliant webinar. Now redoing all my dots!

  4. JP
    Jonathan Perl
    1 year ago

    This is a really outstanding webinar. Well done Diahan and well done Geoff and I hope you’ll report back once you make further progress!

  5. MN
    Magda Nash
    1 year ago

    Thank you for the closed captions so I can watch at work (wink). Fabulous as always.

  6. BP
    Bobbie Peeler
    2 years ago

    How do I get to the chat to find the code for ebook (DNAguide)?

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    • Marian Pierre-Louis
      2 years ago

      The 3 coupon codes that Diahan offered start at 01:02:46 in the video (in the Next Steps section).
      The codes are:
      Your DNA Guide – DECBOOK
      Your DNA Guide eBook – EBOOKDEC
      DNA Mentoring – DECMENTOR

      The coupon codes are good through 14 Dec 2022 at

  7. TG
    Terry Giannetto
    2 years ago

    Such a great webinar! Diahan is a great presenter…and combined with the real life test case of Geoff’s ancestor, it makes for a very interesting and practical way to learn and reinforce our dna search strategies! Thanks!!

  8. WV
    Webinar Viewer
    2 years ago

    As usual I learned something from Diahan. Always so well organized. Liked the back and forth between the two of you, also.


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