DNA Webinars and Education

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Did you know there are webinars about DNA testing as entire conferences focusing on DNA? Check them out at National DNA Day!

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Listed below are various webinars and educational opportunities related to DNA testing, genetic genealogy and related topics.

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DNA Webinars

Upcoming Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Note: Click here to register for multiple upcoming webinars at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

  • The First 5 Things to Do with Your New Test Results, presented by
    by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 1:00 pm Central – “You’ve just received your test results, now what should you do? Together we’ll examine some of the first things you should do with your new test results.” Click HERE to register!
  • The Family DNA Project presented by Nicka Smith, Friday, June 8, 2018, 1:00 pm Central – “Genetic genealogy truly bears fruit if multiple family members on multiple lines of the family have tested. Learn how to create and manage a project for your family while being mindful of privacy and sensitive issues that may arise.” Click HERE to register.
  • The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite, presented by Diahan Southard, Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 1:00 pm Central – “The Y chromosome DNA, with its direct paternal line inheritance pattern, is a powerful tool for any genealogist, male or female, seeking to extend or verify a genealogical line. This lecture will cover basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA verify and extend your pedigree chart.” Click HERE to register
  • True Stories of Families Reunited thanks to Genetic Genealogy presented by MyHeritage Webinars, Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 1:00 pm Central  – “MyHeritage has brought together many long lost relatives thanks to DNA Matching technology and a huge database of family trees and historical records. In this webinar, our research team will present a few of our favorite heartwarming reunions.” Click HERE to register.

Note: many webinars are free to attend and then the recording is available for either site members or to purchase as a digital download after the event.

 

Upcoming Live Hack Genealogy DNA Boot Camps

Hack Genealogy has produced a series of DNA Boot Camps covering a variety of topics with genetic genealogy expert Mary Eberle, JD.

 

Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results – Saturday, May 12, 2018

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  • Family Tree DNA: Learn how to navigate your Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) results both on the FTDNA website. This webinar will also provide an overview of the third-party tool, DNAGedcom, and how to use it to analyze your FTDNA results.
  • 23andMe: Learn how to best use your 23andMe results. This webinar covers both the genealogy portion and the health information that 23andMe provides.

Researching Difficult DNA Matches & Understanding Ethnicity Estimates – Saturday, September 29, 2018

Registration opens September 1, 2018

  • Best Tools for Researching Difficult DNA Matches: Have a really strong DNA match, but that the person doesn’t even have a name, let alone a tree? This webinar covers both free and subscription-based websites to help your detective work. It also covers the clues that can be used to figure out who matches are, where they’re from, and other important information. These new insights into your mystery can help you figure out your connection to them and place them in your family tree.
  • Understanding Ethnicity Estimates: Think that ethnicity estimates provided by DNA testing don’t help, they’re wrong, or at best, they’re just fun? Learn how and when your client’s ethnicity estimates can be useful. This talk will cover 1) how ethnicity estimates are generated and the ancestral timeframe they reflect; 2) differences between the DNA testing companies; 3) additional tools to further explore ethnicity estimates; and 4) how to identify situations in which they can be very helpful. Several case studies where ethnicity estimates helped solve the genealogy mystery at hand will be covered.

GEDMatch & Combining DNA and Non-DNA Evidence – Saturday, November 3, 2018

Registration opens October 1, 2018

  • GEDMatch – Powerful Tools for Analyzing DNA Results and Finding New DNA Matches: GEDMatch is a free, third-party website offering additional tools to interpret your DNA results. Tools include a chromosome browser. GEDMatch accepts DNA test results from DNA testing companies, such as Ancestry, FTDNA, and 23andMe. It can be a great way to find new matches. Learn how to use this helpful website.
  • Case Study: Combining DNA and Non-DNA Evidence: This case study shows the importance of combining DNA and non-DNA evidence to solve an unexpected genealogy mystery. With an extensive tree in hand, it might seem that DNA would only help fill in gaps and breakdown brick walls. However, DNA pruned an entire branch of the client’s tree and uncovered a mystery. DNA—along with census records, family stories, and a pony—helped reconstruct the pruned branch.

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DNA Digital Downloads

A digital download could be a cheat sheet, a reference guide or a recorded webinar with handouts.

Family Tree Magazine

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Many of the live webinars held at Family Tree University are recorded and sold as digital downloads at Family Tree Magazine. Click HERE to view all webinars available.

Hack Genealogy DNA Boot Camps

Hack Genealogy has produced a series of DNA Boot Camps covering a variety of topics with genetic genealogy expert Mary Eberle, JD.

Hack Genealogy has produced a series of DNA Boot Camps covering a variety of topics with genetic genealogy expert Mary Eberle, JD. View the offerings below or use this short list to jump to a specific topic:

  • Getting Started with DNA and Genealogy
  • Additional DNA Tools and Concepts
  • Using Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, and X-DNA for Genealogy Research
  • Interpreting Your AncestryDNA Results
  • Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results
  • Solving Family Mysteries with DNA
  • Finding Birth Families Using DNA

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Upcoming DNA Conferences

The following events including dedicated DNA and Genealogy conferences OR Genealogy Conferences with a DNA education track:

  • National Genealogical Society Family History Conference: May 2-5, 2018, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Click here for details.
  • Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree – Genetic Genealogy 2018: May 31, 2018, Burbank, California. Click here for details.
  • Ontario Genealogical Society 2018 Annual Conference: June 1-3, 2018, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Click here for details.
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR): June 2-7, 2018, Athens, Georgia. Click here for details.
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP): June 24-29, 2018. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Click here for details.
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP): July 22-27, 2018. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Click here for details.
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP): July 29 – August 3, 2018, Amherst, New York. Click here for details.
  • BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy: July 31 – August 1, 2018, Provo, Utah. Click here for details.
  • International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) 2018: August 6-10, 2018, Warsaw, Poland. Click here for details.
  • Northwest Genealogy Conference: August 15-18, 2018, Arlington, Washington. Click here for details.
  • New York State Family History Conference: September 13-15, 2018, Tarrytown, New York. Click here for details.
  • BIFHSGO Family History Conference: September 28-30, 2018, Ottawa, Ontario. Click here for details.

 

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