Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Genealogical Problem Solving

Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
Feb 1, 2023
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About this webinar

Utilizing this form of DNA testing in genealogy garners a lot of negative advice. Learn how vitally important this kind of testing can be when you use DNA as an active tool in the genealogical toolbox. This case study will show you how pairing good research and DNA testing can be the perfect marriage.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian and professional genealogist born and raised in northern Indiana. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self- descr
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  1. PN
    Patricia Nemeth
    1 year ago

    Fantastic and very helpful.

  2. MJ
    Marie Jeanne Kerr
    1 year ago

    I missed something, why is Geoff doing another DNA test? Did he not do this ages ago? Jeanne Kerr

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    • Geoff Rasmussen
      1 year ago

      Hi Jeanne – this time it is a mtDNA test. I’ve previously done the autosomal and ydna tests.

  3. SM
    Suzanne McClendon
    1 year ago

    I am so very glad to finally hear someone *not* discouraging mtDNA testing! Thank you!

  4. VM
    Victoria McGuinness
    1 year ago

    Great presentation both in style and content! Thank you for awakening me to new research strategies!

  5. ZD
    Zack Daugherty
    1 year ago

    Glad to finally see Michael added to Legacy FT Webinars. There are very few applied mtDNA case studies, so it is great to finally have one to point to when I’m approaching potential testers for mtDNA.

  6. JB
    Judith Bird
    1 year ago

    The presentation was very clear and concise. It was very informative, and I learned so much. I had never considered a Mt DNA test a necessity, until now. I have Norwegian ancestors and the OLSON surname is very common. It comes from both my father and mother. Perhaps this test could sort out any matches on my mother’s side that aren’t Norwegian. I know there is at least one, Barth ancestor (probably German)..

  7. LH
    Lisa Henderson
    1 year ago

    I love Lacopo’s case studies and how they clarify the meaning that can be derived from the various DNA tests. Excellent translation of science for the layperson!

  8. RM
    Rochelle Males
    1 year ago

    Fantastic! Such a great presentation on how to use mitochondrial DNA to help aid us in solving genealogical mysteries. Thank you so much!


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