My 20 Year Mystery – Finding family origins with Y-DNA

Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG
Oct 20, 2021
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Case Study
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About this webinar

Beginner genealogists often research their surname origins first, and get stuck at a certain point. The skills needed to surmount these early brick walls come in time, with study and practice, and the increasing availability of DNA and online resources. In this webinar, Shellee describes her brick wall ancestor, Samuel Morehead, of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, and the techniques that she used to identify his parentage and place of origin. Sticky problems like this require a variety of approaches including Y-DNA analysis, the FAN club, tax, land and court records, censuses, historical analysis and mapping techniques, to name a few. She will detail the clues acquired from all of these methods as she developed an hypothesis to satisfy the Genealogical Proof Standard.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG, has a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology from the University of Utah and is an associate professor of Biology at the New England Institute of Technology. She was certified by BCG in 2012, and researches, writes and lectures o
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  1. KF
    kenneth Fehr
    3 years ago

    This webinar was very informative about research strategy starting with family lore and some facts. While I have not yet my family with Y DNA, I have been working with DNA matches and forming other peoples family trees. Watching this webinar, gives me encouragement to dig deeper for the facts for my family. Thanks to the Speaker and BCG for doing webinars.

  2. SF
    Susan Ferrell
    3 years ago

    Very well presented seminar. Excellent illustrations and good overview of the helpfulness of Y-DNA use.

  3. HM
    Harold McClendon
    3 years ago

    I’m not sure I learned enough from the talk to make full use of the information. I plan on listening for a second time to expand my understanding of the talk.

  4. SD
    Sandi Driskill
    3 years ago

    Related to research I am doing.

  5. PB
    Patricia Bean
    3 years ago

    Very helpful.

  6. DM
    Debbie Mayes
    3 years ago

    Excellent! Very pleasant & knowledgeable speaker. I just recently had my cousins take Y-DNA tests to break down our family brick wall & her sample case study really helps me know ho to use the traditional genealogical research & the Y-DNA test results together. Really helpful!

  7. SB
    Suzanne Brayer
    3 years ago

    Nice review of records to research and good list of skills needed.

  8. RM
    Rochelle Males
    3 years ago

    I can NOT wait to watch this again later! DNA mysteries are always so fascinating to me and I love seeing the process to work them out. Thank you!


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