Developing a DNA Testing Plan: a Guide for Beginners

Debra Renard
Feb 5, 2020
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About this webinar

You might already create research plans for major projects or repository visits. Plans are also valuable when applying DNA testing to your family history research. This talk answers questions such as:  What is DNA and why should I test it? Which test should I use? Where should I get my test? Who else should I test? Don't hesitate any longer to add this invaluable tool to your genealogy toolbox!

About the speaker

About the speaker

Debra Smith Renard, the founder of Eureka! Genealogy, is a professional Genetic Genealogist. She is co-leader of the Louisville Genealogical Society’s Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group. She is a former staff genealogist for N
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    1st rate – she is my favorite speaker on Legacy Family Tree

    absolutely wonderful. learned a lot

    An excellent webinar! I learned so much!

    As usual, the webinar was excellent. Debra explained everything in an easy-to-understand way. Her slides were also full of information.

    Best explanation I have had.

    Brilliant webinar with lots of great information which will help move my genealogy research forward by working out a new DNA Testing plan.

    Clear presentation of very useful information. Confidence building with practical tips.

    Debra brings broad knowledge to the table. I enjoyed her calm, measured presentation.

    Debra Renard is a very clear and organized presenter! I appreciate the time and effort she obviously puts into preparing for these webinars.

    Each time I attend a webinar on DNA I always learn something new. Very well presented in simple layman terms.

    Excellent – very clear great for beginners

    Excellent clear explanation of DNA testing for genealogy.

    Excellent presentation! Thank you & Debra – Good DNA learning opportunity.

    Excellent use of visual aids. Very logically presented.

    Excellent webinar!! Interesting! Informative! Entertaining!! And very educational!! Loved it!



    Excellent. Learned a lot. This was one of my favorite webinars!

    Excellent. Now I get it. Although this is my 50th year of researching my family, the DNA is something I have to learn as it’s so new. This is quite a learning tool. Thank you.

    Excellent. The clearest introduction to DNA testing that I have seen.

    Extremely informative and interesting.

    Fantastic as always. Thank you

    Fantastic presentation. You explained things in such a clear and concise way!

    fantastic webinar. learned so much!

    Fantastic! I learned so much and am excited to take another look at my matches!

    Good basic information.

    Good explanations for basic DNA.

    Good information!

    good overview and references to dig deeper

    Good presentation style and slide structure.

    Great and I learn again new informations, Thank you

    great as usual

    Great info on how to utilize all tests to get info needed. Thank you!

    Great information must listen to this again and thinking about joining this year.

    Great information!

    Great introduction to DNA testing. Thanks.

    great one so much help thank you

    Great review and learned new information, too! Thanks!

    Great webinar – very informative, instructional and easy to follow. Thank you Debra & Geoff !!!

    Great webinar on developing a DNA testing plan.

    Great! I’ll watch it again, maybe on the weekend; neighbor just got home and came to collect their mail so I missed the last 10-15 minutes.

    Helped explained things clearer and opened my eyes on DNA testing. Will refer back as needed until information sticks with me.

    I am a beginner with DNA and enjoyed this seminar very much. I’ll have to watch it again but I believe I understand it better and hope to get more into testing.

    I am beginning to realize that I need to take a very beginner webinar such as an introduction to DNA.

    I am still a “beginner” in understanding all of these concepts, but Debra was very helpful, very clear about explaining the “why” behind the statements, and she made the subject a lot more interesting than I expected. I will definitely listen to this webinar again–maybe even tonight! Thank you!

    I came in late but, enjoyed what I heard.

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    I have taken other workshops on DNA and this was by far the best! Thank you.

    I learned some valuable things even though I have a little more experience than a beginner. Thanks for this great class.

    I now understand a lot more. I look forward to more webinars such as this. Thank you.

    I’m not even working on DNA yet but found this to be very informative!

    I’m a genetic genealogy newbie, and have been reading and watching several webinars on the topic since getting my results. Debra’s was the best presentation so far to clarify and help me understand how to navigate this new field! She was concise, precise, had very good visuals, and suggestions on how to proceed with several of my brick wall challenges. Hope you’ll have her on again! Thanks!

    Incredibly clear and helpful. Thanks a lot

    It was a lot on information given today. But, we now have many sources to visit.. Enjoyed the webinar. Thank you.

    It was good, just more basic than what I needed but it was done well.

    It was very helpful.

    It was very well done. I’m not a beginner, so I didn’t find it as helpful, thought.

    learned a lot thanks again

    Learned a lot about dna and the different types, and how matches can be made or shown. Well done.

    Lots more to learn about using DNS information.

    Lots of great information but graphics speak louder than words. The slides were word heavy.

    Love beginner webinars!

    Loved the slides–so organized!! Nice refresher with new bits of information–thank you!!

    My rating is only based on my current knowledge. I was hoping for more information on organizing the data.

    One of the best webinars yet! Debra Renard explains basic DNA in a manner that is easy to understand.

    Outstanding material, well presented. My aging ears had problems at times with the presenters diction/enunciation. The topic was well chosen and presented. I wish I had heard/seen this webinar when I first started my DNA efforts.

    OUTSTANDING! I learned so much. It’s starting to all make sense.

    Really great explanation.

    Really helpful to hear the basics and comparisons. Thank you.

    She covered a lot of good thoughts for not only beginners. Thanks!

    She did a fabulous job of explaining. I’ve been working with it for a while now and not much was really new, but it’s a little clearer now. I also really appreciate how sensible and practical she comes across. Sadly, most of my vertical options are gone, so I’ll need to take a look at some 2nd cousins.

    So helpful to make a difficult subject (for me) much clearer. I shall redo this webinar again and again. THANKS

    Superb explanations

    Thank you for the clear and detailed differences in these DNA tests and how they can be used to solve genealogy problems.

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Thank you. Debra was able to explain this complicated info to a beginner, such as myself, in a very understandable way. Thanks, again.

    Thanks for beginner level info

    The Best, Most Informative, Easy to Understand webinar I have had thus far !

    The charts and letter were extremely helpful. Overall an excellent presentation!

    The formulas are extremely helpful.

    The information was easy to understand and well presented.

    things are clearer now

    This explained so much on the generations and who and why to test first.

    This has been the best webinar I have attended this year. Thank you so much, I finally understand DNA

    This was a very understandable explanation for beginners. I plan to send the webinar link to a few family members who don’t quite understand my own explanation. Thank you Debra Renard!

    This webinar helped unravel so many of my DNA questions. I took notes on my syllabus and plan to watch and listen again. So much value in my subscription.

    This webinar was outstanding. Even though I would consider myself as Intermediate, I learned a lot of new and exciting information! Thank you, Debra!

    Time zone problem so missed it.

    Too basic for me. I should have heeded the “Beginner” in the description.

    Very clear explanations especially for DNA beginners.

    Very clear! Thanks!

    Very clearly presented, simple slides with enough color to make them interesting.

    very easy to understand

    Very good intro to DNA testing.

    Very good presentation expanding on the basics which I appreciate. Thanks.

    Very good.

    Very informative and easy to understand. Great handout! Thank you! : )

    Very informative.

    Very informative.

    Very informative. Slowly but surely DNA is getting clearer

    very informative. thanks

    Very informative..

    Very interesting. This DNA language is so foreign, it takes a lot of time to master it. So every webinar I can see on the subject is very enlightening. Thank you.

    Very professional

    very very informative – the best one so far this year! Thank you!!

    Very well done and learned a lot. A great refresher to past webinars. She made it easily understood!

    Very well done. Very well explained. As a subscriber, I’ll go back now and watch/listen in more detail comparing the notes I took with the questions I have. Well worth the subscription price.

    Very well explained and clearly presented

    Well given, well planned out I’m not a beginner but i did learn a lot and it helped to clear up some confusion I had Can’t wait to take another webinar with her

    Wonderful review and very informative. Thank you

    Wonderful wealth of information…


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