Organizing Your DNA Results (updated!)

Diahan Southard
Feb 4, 2020
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Those With a Tree
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About this webinar

Now that you have pages of matches and gobs of new information, how do you keep track of it all? We will spend time going over how to create and track correspondence, organization tools within each testing company, as well as strategies for tracking the genealogy information of your matches, including surnames, locations, and genetic relationships. You are bound to walk out of this lecture with a game plan that you can implement right away.

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. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    A great speaker. The analogies used make it easier for a lay person to understand! I will definitely follow up on her ideas!

    A lot of good information

    A whole new way of looking at matches! I can’t wait to give it a go.Thank you!!

    Absolutely outstanding

    Absolutely the best graphics presentation made it easier to understand DNA.

    Although she tries to be simple in steps, I feel I have to watch this again to really get this system of organizing my matches.

    Always find Diahan fun and entertaining – and I always learn something new!

    Always get so much out of Diahan’s presentations! Thank you!

    Always good to learn something new about DNA.

    amazing, I learned alot thank you

    and the learning process continues, thank you

    Another GREAT webinar. I finally joined and bought her book. Thanks for providing this educational opportunity to the genealogical community!

    Appreciated all the relevant info. The book sounds great as well.

    As always, Diahan does an excellent job of explaining how to get the most out of our DNA tests. Thank you.

    As always, Diahan presented the information in an easy-to-understand manner that would be perfect for those just getting into a serious analysis of the autosomal DNA matches. Wonderful job.

    Awesome and inspiring!

    Awesome experience Never did one before.

    AWESOME webinar! Diahan’s presentations are always so meaningful and clear and understandable. So very, very helpful. She has such a gift for taking complex DNA information and breaking it down into understandable segments that make sense. Really looking forward to the book. Ordering it now. Thanks to all!!!

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Best this year

    Came late, so didn’t really understand a lot of what Diahann was saying. But, it may help to get her book! Nice to know about the 20% off, too!

    Clear and informative.

    Clear, concise, and relatable. Excellent webinar.

    D is so well organized and easy to follow.

    Diahan does a great presentation – thank you!

    Diahan is a great speaker – gets me fired up! Come back to Fort Wayne!

    Diahan is always a pleasure to watch, but I was expecting more on how to organize the DNA information and less on how to use the DNA information.

    Diahan is an excellent speaker: knows her stuff, keeps it moving, keeps it vibrant; challenges your thoughts; uses down-to-earth analogies and descriptions; manages time well; sums it up with succinct reprisal; and makes us want to go and do more RIGHT AWAY!

    Diahan is one of my favourite presenters. Very clear examples and an engaging manner. Always lesrn something new.

    Diahan is the best!

    Diahan makes everything so easy to understand.

    Diahan was excellent! Can hardly wait to see her at RootsTech 2020 .. and also on March 21 in Hemet, CA … A great presenter! She makes DNA discoveries sound ‘simple’ and less confusing!

    Diahan was very interesting and easy to understand and listen to. I appreciate the new idea for doing the Ancestry dots.

    Diahan’s a great presenter. Keep her coming back.

    Diahan’s enthusiasm makes her webinars very engaging. Her presentation was very methodical as she went through the steps on how she approaches analyzing her matches. The best part was that she gave me some great ideas!

    Diane is always an energetic and enthusiastic speaker. As usual, her presentation is excellent.

    Diane Southard is knowledgeable and very interesting

    ecxellent expllaination of ideas and concepts

    encouraging and informative

    Entertaining and had good Q&A follow-up

    Every day I’m realizing I don’t know nearly as much as I need to know – I’ll be watching this again – at least a couple of times! Great presentation.

    Every minute of this webinar was filled with excellent information. I’ll do further follow-up by purchasing Diahan Southard’s new book.

    Examples were helpful. Of course, I need to run a test case on my own data. Thank you.



    Excellent – a skilled presenter who knows her stuff

    Excellent and informative. A way of more efficiently organising my matches and contacts.

    Excellent as always AND something new to try too

    Excellent information that I definitely need. I’ll watch it again! Thank you.

    Excellent information to get started with DNA

    Excellent information. Easy to understand.

    Excellent job Diahan! Thank you so much!

    excellent material about dna matching

    Excellent presentation as usual

    Excellent presentation with a good strategy to apply in finding our matches and common our ancestors.

    excellent presentation! Thanks!

    Excellent program. please ask Diahan to present more programs.

    Excellent Speaker. Covered a lot of material with great visuals! Had planned to go to bed after watching tonight’s Webinar but now I want to do some DNA research. Thanks Diahan!!

    Excellent strategy and presentation. I’ll have to watch it a few more times, but I’m glad I did.

    Excellent suggestions and timely tips. Will probably watch this one again to make sure I didn’t miss something crucial.

    Excellent tips and ideas! Ordered her book, can’t wait to get it!

    Excellent topic! Very practical and helpful! Well-presented.


    Excellent! Diahan never disappoints!!!

    Excellent! Thank you for last question on Endogamy vs pedigree collapse vs multiple relationships. I have all three! I will be checking Diahan’s website 🙂

    excellent. Love how she explains things. She talks fast, but I love her energy and excitement.

    Extremely helpful, now I can stop staring at my matches and dive in. Thank you!


    Fabulous, as usual! Can’t wait till this is posted and I can go through the presentation slowly and try out some of the techniques that were new to me! Thank YOU!

    Fantastic as usual!

    fantastic webinar


    First time I’ve listened to a webinar and will now be looking for more. Hopefully, all this info has sunk in. thank you!

    First webinar I attended. Loved it. Bought the book. Will be attending more. Thank you so much!

    Flowed very nicely. Good usable info.

    Going to her site to get her book now.

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Good DNA organizational tips that we can put to use immediately. Thank you!

    Good info

    Good info. I will have to go over it and practice the techniques to really get a thorough grasp of what Dianha taught.

    good job

    Good pace. Topics were well organized and logically presented. Excellent use of graphics during the presentation. I gained new insights, tricks and techniques using a variety of the mentioned tools and databases. This was great!

    Good speaker. Good info.

    Good webinar- not always easy to understand the concepts for me.

    Great advice, straightforward and explained really well.

    Great encouragement and reinforcement. Love the new ideas talked about.

    Great info and great presentation.

    Great info. Can’t wait to get the book.

    Great information and gave me some ideas to help breakdown some brick walls.

    Great information!!!!!!!!!!

    Great information, but a little too fast for me. I had a hard time keeping up!

    Great information. I will definitely watch this one again, so I can absorb more…

    Great information. I think I might be able to finally understand my DNA matches.

    Great job as usual.

    Great points and flow. Definitely need to listen more. Thank you.

    Great presentation and presenter!

    Great presenter and really useful information. I’ve only just started looking at common DNA matches. Dianhan’s plan looks so logical and easy to use. Thanks

    Great presenter…knowledgeable and relatable.

    Great presenter; just a little over my head. Something I am going have to listen to more than once.

    Great resources mentioned! I’ll be ordering the book later tonight. Thank you!

    great webinar and “I bought the book”!!!

    Great webinar! Explanations were really clear and easy to understand! I feel I could use these techniques immediately.

    great webinar, lots of helpful information!

    Great webinar. Easy to understand steps.

    Great webinar. Easy to follow.

    Great Webinar. She was great at explaining things. Unfortunately it is a bit over my head at the moment but I know I learned a few things and eventually it will start to make more sense to me! It did give me new resources to try out and look into – like her own website for starters! THanks

    Great webinar… will be listening to it again !

    Great! Great! Wonderful teacher and easy to learn her methods.

    Great, love Diahan. She is great at simplifying and making DNA understandable.

  4. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    I always learn something from Diahan Southard. She is an excellent speaker!

    I am imagining the type of notes that I should make regarding matches found, assuming there is no magic, simply common sense.

    I am on my way to buy the book. Fantastic presentation of a current topic. Thank you so very much.

    I came in late, but what I heard sounded so good I definitely plan to come back and listen to the whole thing. Thank you.

    I enjoyed the webinar but it would have been great to have access to the notes. Thanks.

    I got a few tips.

    I haven’t spent a lot of time looking at the matches in my DNA results, mainly because I haven’t been sure how to find who our common ancestor is. Diahan Southard gave great examples, and showed how to interpret what we are seeing. This was indeed a great seminar! Thank you.

    I learned more about some DNA tools for creating temporary trees until info on relations can be verified before putting them in my permanent family tree. Thanks.

    I learned some new things to do with DNA

    I love Diahan Southard’s webinars!

    I love Diahan’s easy-to-understand method of teaching and am excited to try out some of those new tips!

    I love her seminars, so knowledgeable and helpful.

    I love what her years of experience and study have done, especially when her creativity enters in. I hope that I can “keep up.”

    I loved the “plain english” explanations, it gives me terminology to help others~ Great webinar. I can’t say enough. Thank you!

    I need more synthesis regarding this process. I have worked pretty heavily on the genealogy side via & I have had good success. This perhaps can verify what I have found of where I have relationship concerns. Thanks!!

    I need to view it again – so much great content!

    I was interrupted during the first 15 minutes and couldn’t finish the webinar! I’ll have to listen to it this week from the Legacy library.

    I will be busy over the weekend working on my matches and changing my dots on Ancestry. Lots of food for thought and ideas of how to make my matches.

    I’m a beginner in DNA so it was a little overwhelming but it encourages me to learn more.

    I’m new at this, so I really liked your idea about using the dots for several generations. I was only using the dots to divide my father’s side and mother’s side.

    I’m relatively new to the DNA topic and this seminar gave me the feeling that there is an approach than can provide positive results. Thank you.

    I’m such a newbie to this DNA stuff that I will need to watch the webinar again to hopefully understand more!

    Information I was needing and presented in an easy to follow manner. I now have a clearer idea what to do with the dna from my test, and from my brother and mother’s tests. Before I was looking at a lot of data and had no earthly idea what to do with it.

    It was a good seminar. I was just hoping for more detailed talk.I will look for other seminars in the library.

    It was a subject I already knew well but there were still some good tips

    It’s given me confidence that I CAN research with dna! :o)

    I’ve been doing DNA for a while and still learned some tips that I can use.

    Learned new and valuable information. Unfortunately, I will be up all night working with this information…:)

    Learnt many useful things. Made notes to refer to and shared the link to friends who could use such information.

    Lively, informative. Great info and well presented.

    loved it and appreciated how easy Diahan made it

    Loved the clear step by step

    More, please! Excellent, as always.

    Most informative, it has given me confidence to pursue the DNA matches and how to keep track of all the information

    Nicely organized presentation. Good images in the slides. Thanks.

    Now I really have a plan for those DNA matches!

    One of these days I may learn this stuff!

    Outstanding webinar!


    Outstanding, thank you!

    Pretty good. I have heard before about extending someone else ‘simple’ tree, but did not understand just how. Now I do understand and it appears to be more doable than I had thought. Good methodology included — I found it to be a 6-step process.

  5. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    She made it seem easy to figure out if you just follow the steps. I finally feel like I can do it!

    She makes dna easy to understand.

    She was good and kept my attention but I was hoping for something new… I already knew all she presented

    Should watch again as there’s lots of information to digest. Great.

    So good! Thanks so much!

    So great thank you !

    So much to learn and use.

    so very good i love this one

    So wonderfully easy to follow. Thank you

    Sometimes hard to follow. Speaks fast. But I did get verification that the dot system I just switched to was a good way as Diahan used the couples focus.

    Stacked with useful information

    Super. It is something I can start working on tonight. Revising my sorting that I have already done seems like a big task, but worth it.

    Thank you Diahan, that was very interesting and has inspired me to slow down and take time to organize my matches with the Dot system and also to try out the Dating, Going Steady and Marriage system. Asking a recipient of a message to confirm receiving the message then getting back to them with another question about family surnames is a great tool. And thanks Geoff for the email reminders about this webinar.

    Thank you!

    Thank you!!

    Thank you. She is so informative. Keep up the good work

    Thanks for the warning on how we look at the 23andMe beta tree.

    Thanks for the webinar

    thanks so much!

    Thanks so much! I love DS!

    The presenter was easy to listen to and had some good visuals to help explain the difficult subject of DNA.

    The speaker helped to make a very complicated subject more understandable by this organizing method.

    The speaker was excellent! It was an informative webinar and I am sure that I will be using some of the techniques which she suggested for organizing my DNA matches. Thanks!

    The topic was a little complicated for me, I hope to attend tomorrow’s webinar for beginners.

    There was a lot of basic data, but presented in a new way. Very helpful. Good luck with the book sales!

    This is my first Webinar so I didn’t know what to expect. My first was a good choice as I have Ancestry DNA and find there is a lot I don’t know about it … now I can explore to see what I missed …. thanks

    This was a very good webinar. t was full of helpful info. Thanks.

    This was excellent information presented in an entertaining format. This webinar has made me excited to use Diahans methods.

    This was great and well explained. Thank you for bringing this to us.

    This was very interesting and helpful in knowing how to handle DNA relationships.

    Too much info for a beginner……but I see the potential of what she’s talking about.

  6. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Top notch as she always is!

    Up to Diahan’s usual high standard

    Very clear and simple. I do wish the 4 steps at the end were included in the handout. (My handwriting is sloppy!)

    very clear and well presented – thank you

    Very clear. Thank you.

    very clearly explained and very useful, certainly will try

    Very good — I can’t wait to implement what I learned since the proof is in the pudding!

    Very good game plan for organizing your research.

    Very good method of working with DNA matches that might really help me. Thanks!

    Very Good! Will re-watch it again!

    Very good.

    very helpful info and she is always a delight to listen to!

    Very Helpful!

    Very helpful, I am just getting started sorting out DNA

    Very helpful.

    Very impressed as always by Diahan Southard’s knowledge and how she explains her ideas so clearly. However, I do not think that I would be able to put this into practice unless she were sitting beside me and prompting me.

    Very informative

    Very Informative and am looking forward to watching again.

    very informative and helpful.

    very informative, well presented

    Very informative.

    Very informative.

    Very interesting and helpful

    Very Interesting.

    Very interesting. She really knows her stuff.

    Very well done with plenty of how-tos and steps to take.

    VERY well done!!

    Very well presented with tips and tricks to find matches

    We think it will help my husband find the father of my 2nd great grandmother, Emily Ann Moss born 1814 in KY, who is a descendant of Edward Moss born 1610.

    Well done!!

    went a little fast over the more complicated areas

    Wonderful as always and easy to follow.

    Wonderful information! Thanks,

    Wonderful information, still so much to learn and the struggle to absorb it. Thanks.

    Wonderful webinar on organizing your DNA results.

    wonderful, must watch again…and again

    Wow Great tips from Diahan Southard!!

    Wow!! I’ve learned so much about the matching of DNA and sourcing shared grandparents! just a few clicks and already I have so much more information! This is a terrific topic–thanks so much!!


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