DNA Analysis Methodology: Defeat the Genealogy Gremlin with Pedigree Evaluation, Mitigation, and Reasoning (a 2023 Reisinger Lecture)

Karen Stanbary, CG
Oct 20, 2023
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Pedigree Evaluation
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Case Study - The Weyer Family
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Seek Unknown Shared Matches
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Confirmation Bias
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Sort and Group Evidence
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About this webinar

Learn the tried-and-true methodology to defeat the Genealogy Gremlin and achieve accurate results using DNA for genealogy. This lecture discusses the evaluation of match pedigrees to identify potential snafus and demonstrates mitigation strategies to address the problem. Don’t let researcher confirmation bias pollute your family trees!

This class is presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series and is being broadcasted by Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG®, BCG Trustee, is an author and national lecturer focusing on topics related to using genetic evidence correlated with documentary evidence to solve genealogical brick walls. A Chicago local, she holds a Master’s Degre
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  1. DR
    Donna Roberts
    9 months ago

    I want a Genealogy Gremlin plushie.

  2. RM
    Rochelle Males
    9 months ago

    Absolutely fantastic! Definitely makes me re-think some of the DNA assumptions I’ve made previously and gives me some new things to consider going forward. Thank you so much!

  3. HS
    Helene Spierman
    9 months ago

    Delightful presentation, which revealed how difficult DNA applications are.

  4. LF
    Laurel Farrar
    9 months ago

    Such an entertaining and informative lecture: thank you, Karen!!

  5. DS
    Diane Strome
    9 months ago

    Clear, very well presented. Very helpful

  6. DS
    Diane Sagers
    9 months ago

    Her use of the gremlin and the “hero” and other clever analogies made what could have been a boring topic more interesting. Also, showing and owning the mistake she made in her earlier analysis was helpful and offered encouragement to keep trying.

  7. SL
    Susan Lowin
    9 months ago

    Marvelous presentation! A lot to think about and very enjoyable to listen to. Even though it was my 5th webinar of the day, I was able to stay completely engaged.

  8. KP
    Kori Phillips
    9 months ago

    I would have rated Karen a 10 if I could have! Perfect way to end the day, with a gremlin (that I will never forget) and a perfectly described journey of turning over every rock to find an answer… even if there is no answer.


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