How Testing Multiple Relatives Can Turbocharge Your DNA Research

Michelle Leonard
May 26, 2021
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Speaker's Introduction
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Who to Test
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The Power of Half
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First Cousins
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Second and Third Cousins
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Sharing Match Lists
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DNA Outliers
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Contacting Matches
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Additional Tools
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About this webinar

Testing yourself is a great first step into DNA testing waters but how could testing other relatives help you? Testing multiple relatives can massively boost your success with DNA research and this webinar will talk you through the whole process. You will learn about DNA inheritance and why it's beneficial to test certain close relatives and cousins as well as which relatives you should aim to test first as not all relatives are as useful as others. Michelle will reveal her top DNA testing strategies, how to go about asking relatives to test and how to get the most out of multiple kits once the results arrive. She will use practical examples provided by the extensive number of family kits she manages to illustrate how these additional results give you more of your ancestors' DNA to work with, can help you narrow down all your matches, can be used to identify outliers and overlapping segments and generally aid you in taking your DNA research to the next level.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, freelance researcher, speaker, author and historian. She runs her own genealogy and DNA consultancy business, Genes & Genealogy, and specialises in DNA Detective work part
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    Tami Owen
    2 years ago

    Great teacher! Showing her different matches and the cm changes in different relationships was helpful. I will use this to help me with a DNA mystery.

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    Helping me understand the cM and how important it is.

    I could listen to Michelle all day.

    I have tested 4 other family members besides myself, but I never thought about testing cousins or 1st cousins 1x removed.

    I learned lots of new things and will go back and view it again for deeper understanding.

    I love her presentations!

    I need to do a little more basic DNA.

    I really enjoyed this and have learned so much in just an hour and a half! Will have to go back and watch some parts again but can already see how it is going to help my research. Many thanks. 🙂

    I will have to watch it over (and over) to get it all down pat! Thanks — lots of food for thought!

    I’m anxious to listen to this again. I really enjoyed it. Thank you.

    Informative and well-presented. The examples shown added depth to the webinar. I enjoyed this webinar very much!!

    Instructor very knowledgeable, could have listened & learned more!

    Interesting and informative

    interesting but a bit above my understanding in some areas

    It was fabulous. Way more than I could get a handle as I haven’t really worked on my DNA just had it done. Didn’t realize there was so much more I can do. I’m excited now. Thanks Michelle

    I’ve watched a lot of webinars, belong to advanced DNA group through my genealogy society, read lots of books etc. This webinar with Michele really struck a cord with me. I learned a lot and have so much to think about that I just clicked with. Thanks.

    Key points well explained.

    Lots and lots of excellent information!

    Lots of excellent tips presented excellently!

    Lots of good information, very well presented (as usual). Whenever I can, I try to make sure that I can watch Michelle’s webinars

    Lots of information. Maybe a little above my knowledge-level but I’ll hope to be able to remember it and apply it gradually. Thank.s

    Love all Michelle’s webinars!

    Loved Ms. Leonard. I’ll be digging deeper into DNA and will start at the beginning!!!

    Michele is always excellent – beautiful diagrams and illustrations, very clear.

    Michelle always gives such great information in her seminars. Now I want to go dig into my cousins.

    Michelle is a first class presenter – she manages to get a lot of information into a short space of time and uses examples that make complex things easier to understand.

    Michelle is always excellent. She is so knowledgeable and her enthusiasm is contagious.

    Michelle is always great, and the syllabus is fantastic.

    Michelle is an amazing, enthusiastic and knowledgeable speaker. Love listening to her.

    Michelle is one of my favorite speakers on Legacy webinars. She lays out a lot to think about regarding how to use DNA information.

    Michelle is one of the best speakers around! Thanks for having her as often as possible.

    Michelle is so knowledgeable about all aspects of DNA. I look forward to reviewing her webinars over and over again. It’s a lot to ingest at one time. Thanks for providing such an informative speaker.

    Michelle made it very clear regarding relationships and which members to test for maximum benefit. Thank you Michelle!!

    Michelle provided approaches I had not previously considered.

    Michelle was awesome as usual. I’m new to genealogy and I need to keep reminding myself to check out matches I didn’t expect to lead anywhere.

    Michelle was wonderful!! I often get sleepy during webinars and wish I could turn up the speed. But Michelle is so excited and fast, she kept me engaged. Thanks!

    Michelle’s enthusiasm is catching. Very knowledgeable and gave lots of suggestions on how to approach analyzing DNA matches. Gave lots of examples which were very useful.

    Michelle’s webinars are always Turbo Charged/Full of energy! Always grateful for her instruction, suggestions, and advice.

    Much information presented in an easy to understand maner.

    Much, much information! Thank you!!!!!

    now to convince my brother to get tested

    Oh my gosh. So much info, I’ll have to get much more involved in my own DNA results!

    Once again, an excellent, informative presentation.

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    One of my very favorite speakers…always come away with something new to try.


    Overwhelming amount of information

    Really great tips and examples for using multiple test people and their results to fill in and learn more about more distant ancestors using DNA.

    She speaks a bit fast but lots of great information.

    She talked so fast it was hard to keep up.

    She went fast but the more DNA presentations I watch, the better I understand the whole concept. Thank you.

    She’s really good!

    So many great suggestions as to how to spot possible relationship.

    So much good info. This is a rewatch and rewatch one. Thanks.

    So much good information!! Would have liked it split into two webinars; however, I plan on watching it again at my own pace. Michelle is one of hte best webinar presenters!

    So much info. Love Michelle’s webinars so informative

    So much information to cover! It was worth hearing more of the lecture with fewer questions for THIS webinar (I like the existing normal format so don’t change it please).

    So much information! Glad we can watch it again. I love all of Michelle Leonard’s webinars.

    So much information. My head is in a whirl. Can’t wait to apply what I’ve learnt

    Someone mentioned in chat about GDAT and that was new to me. Maybe we could have someone speak about that.


    Still struggle with understanding DNA, however she did an excellent job.

    Terrific!! Not a single minute that wasn’t interesting and useful.

    Thank you

    The best ??????

    This was a comprehensive presentation with tons of information. Thank you

    Tons of great information. Probably a bit over all our heads, but shows what you can do with the information.

    very detailed

    Very easy to understand

    very good

    very good indeed

    Very informative and easy to understand

    Very informative webinar.

    Very informative! Although I have already tested all my siblings, plus my half aunt and uncle, I am now thinking of having some of my paternal second cousins test for me.

    Very informative. Have to watch it again.

    Very informative. I have done genealogy for years but am just getting started with using DNA testing. This webinar covered areas that should help me tremendously.

    very informative..

    very interesting and well presented, had my attention all the way through, even had to ignore company at the door!

    Very interesting topic. Presented well. Guess I need more siblings! Yikes!

    Very interesting. Will look at it again a couple of times to take it all in.

    webinar for negative matches, double and any other type

    What a comprehensive education in DNA through one of the best presentations which many laypersons should be able to review over and over again!

    What a trove of information. So glad I had time to view it, and can review it for all the great information.

    Where does Michelle get all her energy? Great webinar.


    Whew! excellent webinar, and handout as well. Lovely to see the careful analysis and the examples of matches when comparing her and her brother’s matches – I’ve made lots of notes to myself about that!! It went on unexpectedly long, which was a surprise – hard for me to sit that long, and focus as well. But – absolutely fantastic webinar. 🙂

    Wonderful information. The presenter explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. Thank you!

    wonderful! Gave me several ideas to work with, thanks

    Wow! GREAT webinar! Michelle is a terrific speaker! I could listen to her all day.

    WOW! That was a fantastic webinar – one I’ll have to watch multiple times as I put into action many of the suggestions and tips Michelle shared. Will also have to watch ALL of her previous webinars and Tech Zone videos – this woman knows DNA and genealogy!

    Wow! This needs to be watched multiple times as it is loaded with great info on DNA Matches whether they match us our not.

    Wow!! Going to some time for it all to sink in. Great presentation with diagrams to help visualize the concept. I like the way she covered a topic and showed how it would help the DNA research.

    WOW, what a brilliant person Michelle is, as well as so, so generous. I’ll be watching this over and over again!

    Wow, what a firehose of information! I will have to watch this video at least three more times to make sure I don’t miss a thing, lots of great info and hints. Great class!

    Wow…such great information. Glad I have a membership so I can review the webinar.


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