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Surname Projects and DNA Projects

Mags Gaulden
Nov 18, 2020
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Speaker's Introduction
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Genealogical Timeframe
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Surname Project Registers
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Surname and DNA Projects
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Sourcing DNA
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Beyond YDNA
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About this webinar

Why create a surname project or name study? Whether it’s to help you solve a family mystery or just to answer the questions of how, we will look at how surname projects and DNA projects can be worked to answer most of your genealogy questions. From discovering NPE’s (non-parental events) to discovering your surname is a derivative of another surname, we will work a surname and show you haw Surname studies and DNA can break down your brick walls.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Mags is a Professional Genealogist specializing in Genetic Genealogy as founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. Growing up in a family full of family historians, Mags was primed to become a Genealogist. After earning her Bachelors Degree from
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    A lot of information well handled

    Always great to get some back ground training help explain any new technology or procedure.

    Another fantastic learning experience. THANK YOU

    Awesome webinar!


    excellent presentation and difficult subject but made easy by presenter.

    Excellent presentation! Way to go Mags!!! (Great hosting by Geoff as well)

    Excellent presentation! Mags is a great presenter. Most informative, helpful & very interesting. Thanks to all! : )

    Excellent presentation. Mags Gaulden is a clear and informative speaker – much appreciated.

    Excellent seminar as usual with Mags. Thank you!

    Excellent webinar.

    Excellent! Thank you!

    Excellent! Thank you!

    Exciting and energizing, could hardly wait to get started!

    extremely informative and well presented.


    Fascinating presentation. It has encouraged me with my research. Thank you.

    Full of interesting information. I need another absorbing facet to my research like another hole in my head!

    Glad I attended. I did indeed learn something!

    Good coverage of what is involved with a Surname and/or DNA project.

    Good information, but will need to watch again as she talks so fast and there is so much to learn. She said it was reduced from 3 hours–Have again with the rest of it, please.

    Good information.



    Great information ! Session flowed through the topics well

    Great information but not sure if I have the energy to implement the strategies. At least I know there is help available. Thanks for the informaton!

    Great information well presented! Thanks!

    Great lecture. Thank you Mags and Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

    Great –lots to learn and try out!

    Great presentation. I didn’t know that these studies were happening so I’m checking out wikitree now -LOTS of people with my surname so I need to add to the list.

    Great Seminar – I am involved in attempting to unravel my surname lineage, and this should help.

    great topic and great advice thanks

    Great webinar and love Mags, she was really enjoyable to listen to.

    Great webinar! Mags Gaulden is a wonderful presenter! I learned a lot today.

    Great webinar. Lots of fabulous information to absorb. Will watch it again!

    I finally connected some dots in my visual on how DNA and genealogy merge into a collaboration with other genealogists. I thoroughly enjoyed this session!

    I got information on resources I did not previously know of

    I learned a lot from Mags Gaulden today so much that I plan to rewatch the webinar later after I look around at Wikitree.

    I love that she spelled it out that DNA can not prove lineage. That has been my question for months now and finally someone said it so I understand.

    I was glad to be made aware of the surname studies and how to link the dna study to it.

    I was impressed with how knowledgeable the presenter was on her subject and related areas.

    Information was wonderful. Presentation was interesting .

    informative and richly illustrated


    Inspiring! WikiTree will get more attention from me. has escaped my notice until today. Both are related to what I have been doing for the last few years….putting atDNA matches onto my tree on Ancestry….now more than 600, well-documented on my side to the common ancestor(s) and reasonably well-documented in a 40,000+ person tree. Looking forward to collaboration and helping others.


  2. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    Interesting and informative!! PLUS I had a question that was asked and answered!

    interesting topic…one to watch again

    Lots of great information. Thank you!

    Lots of info in a short length of time, but it was very good.

    Love Mags’ friendly style and she explains everything so clearly. I’m going to explore wikitree because it may fit perfectly for what I am planning. Thanks!

    Loved the topic and would like to see more webinars on mitochondrial and Y DNA

    Mags always does a great job no matter the subject matter.

    Mags is always great!

    Mags is an excellent speaker with great examples to illustrate her points.

    Mags is brilliant and entertaining….thanks for a great class. I am now inspired.

    Mags is enthusiastic and informative. Well done!

    Mags is fantastic.

    Mags, always has a lot of great information to share, I will look into the sites she shared this afternoon.

    Mags, thank you for your very educational presentation. I’ll have to re-watch a few times to grasp the enormous amount of detailed information.

    Mind boggling! I felt like this was above my current skill level but I definitely will watch again and again as my skill levels improve (and once Covid-brain disappears). Thank you so much for providing the opportunities for us to grow!

    Must check out WikiTree!

    Must watch again — too much information to handle in one sitting.

    Not able to stay whole thing but what I could stay for was very interesting. Mags Gaulen is always a good presenter.

    Outstanding! So much valuable information.

    Presentation was great. I need to watch some other webinars to get more background before I watch it again.

    Really fascinating. An entirely different way to add to your family tree.

    Really good info. I’ll have lots to explore & learn!

    Very informative learned alot about surname and DNA projects to further help our research, Thanks so much

    Something we should all check on immediately.

    sorry I had a conflict and had to leave early – but I learned some new things! thanks


    Superb, very interesting.

    Thank You – I am going to get involved in this. I think it could be helpful on at least one brick wall line. But first I will need to do some STUDY.

    Thanks a lot!

    Thanks, once again very informative

    The subject is fascinating, though I will need to review the presentation (probably more than once)!

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    The webinar was well-prepared and conversational.

    This is a relatively high-level DNA webinar – with so much information on it, that my mind was definitely boggled!! However, her handout is very helpful, and her explanations and examples also very clear. I’ll be watching this again with DNA sites & WIKItree open on my 2nd monitor and work things out, step by step. Excellent webinar, absolutely stellar.

    This is definitely one that I will be reviewing. Great materials and presentation.

    This is hard for me to rate because, although I did my DNA with Ancestry, I haven’t gone into it technically. So, I ended up writing down terms and resources to look up — but not totally following the presentation. I think it was probably a great presentation if I knew more about the types and use of DNA.

    This webinar was very timely since I am taking a YDNA test to join a surname DNA group project. I’m also going to watch a previous webinar to learn more about WikiTree.

    This webinar was wonderful. I have not been on Wikitree for a long time. I will have to check it out again. I love learning more about DNA too. We need more FUN in our lives. Thanks so much for the info.

    Very easy to follow – she does get excited and talk fast however!! I will watch again when I can have my info on the screen to help me fo

    Very good

    very informative

    Very informative & interesting, Thank yo very much.

    Very informative, learned lots about things I never knew about! Thanks 🙂

    very informative.

    Very informative. Mags is very good at explaining things and is full of information! Thanks

    Very interesting

    Very interesting Great presenter!!

    Very interesting topic. Thank you.

    Very interesting webinar. Mags sure knew her stuff and entertained us at the same time. Looking forward to your next webinar, Mags

    Very interesting. I learned a lot!

    Very organized yet flexible in explanations

    Very thorough but clear. Need to watch again! Nice sense of humor.

    Very well done and thorough.

    Wonderful presentation! A bit above my head 🙂 but I learned new things and some great new sources! I loved Mags!!

    Wonderful webinar on surname and DNA projects.

    Would have liked even more! Please consider a part one and part two. Mags had a lot more to share. Thank you.

    Would love to have the time to do this type of work – sounds like a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Thank you.

    Wow! I’m ready to see what new discoveries I can make! Thank you!

    WOW! So much more to learn. A few good review of lots and lots of research avenues.

    Wow. My head is spinning from all the information.



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