Quickly Organize Your DNA Matches with the Leeds Method

Dana Leeds
May 4, 2022
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Welcome
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Speaker's Introduction
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Introduction
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Creating a chart
5m 11s
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Analyzing charts
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Overlap
6m 39s
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Check your work
3m 16s
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Sorting your spreadsheet
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Adding higher matches
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Identifying surnames
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Case studies
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Announcements / prizes
4m 29s
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Questions / answers
12m 44s

About this webinar

When you take an autosomal DNA test, you get a list of people who share DNA with you because you share common ancestors. The Leeds Method uses Shared Matching to create colorful groups of these matches. Each group is likely related to you through one part of your family, and many people get four groups based on their four grandparent lines. This method is based on DNA, not trees, so it is also often effective in cases of unknown parentage. This presentation will help you create a Leeds Method chart, understand your results, and use that chart to learn more about your family tree.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Dana Leeds started researching her family tree in 1998. She bought her first DNA kit in 2016 and solved her first unknown parentage case in early 2018. While working on another case that year, she created the innovative genetic genealogy tool know
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    Monica Palmer
    2 weeks ago

    This was amazing! One of the most helpful webinars I’ve seen. It has helped me get started on finding some missing father information and organize the thousands of DNA matches! Thank you!

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    Rochelle Males
    2 weeks ago

    Wonderful. I actually think I understand what I was doing incorrectly while adding in the higher and lower matches! I can’t wait to do another pass on my mom’s match list to see if I can clean some things up a little better now that I think I have a better understanding of how to do this. Thank you so much.

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    Graham Lowe
    2 weeks ago

    Dana – thank you for your very educational presentation and syllabus. Your DNA shared matching method will be an invaluable addition to my research toolbox.

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    Jamesetta Hammons
    2 weeks ago

    Very clear and understandable presentation! Appreciate entering * to note first person, and also including a column for cM. Thank you again for this excellent webinar.

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    Barbara Giezentaner
    2 weeks ago

    Excellent presentation. I will be watching it again. Because I’ve been making Leeds charts ever since I first heard of the method 4 (?) years ago, the most informative part for me was what Dana does after the chart has been completed. This will be extremely helpful in my search for my grandmother’s birth parents.

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    Joanne Cherry
    2 weeks ago

    Very informative and easy to understand.

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  7. RR
    Ramona Roller
    2 weeks ago

    Dana always has such great presentations. Her Leeds Method is so easy to use. I can’t wait until October for your next one.

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    Allison Murray
    2 weeks ago

    Excellent webinar, looking forward to watching it again to review certain points. It was very clear.

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