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Foundations in DNA 2 of 5: DNA Overview by Blaine Bettinger - Digital Download
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An introduction to Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA testing, including how each of these types of DNA are inherited, how they are tested, who you should have tested, and where you should purchase testing. 1 hour 4 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts.
I Had My DNA Tested - Now What? - Digital Download
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Hundreds of thousands of genetic profiles for family history and ancestral purposes have been generated by private laboratories, universities, and the National Geographic’s Genographic Project during the past fifteen years. However, many individuals that had their DNA tested were somewhat disappointed, as the information provided by many laboratories is often difficult to understand. What do all these numbers and letters mean? What can they tell about my past? As Ann Tuner and Megan Smolenyak stated in their book, Trace Your Roots with DNA, “test results for just one person are like the sound of one hand clapping.” The great paradox in genetic genealogy is the fact that in order to understand your own DNA, you need to know something about the DNA of everyone else! Thankfully, a number of online databases are providing large quantities of searchable data in an effort to provide the missing hand. Knowing which resources are available and how to properly use them is key to understanding our personalize genetic genealogy and getting the most out of our own genetic profile. This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on May 21, 2014. 1 hour 36 minutes, plus 3 pages of handouts.
Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy - Digital Download
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In this one-of-a-kind lecture we will discuss various methods for keeping track of your DNA matches- especially your autosomal DNA matches. We will first discuss what kind of information you need to keep track of, and why. We will cover the basics of Excel, Word, email folders and correspondence. We will talk about some alternative tools like Evernote, and Kustumnote that can help you streamline and standardize your organization. We will even cover some visual tools that will help you including Google Earth. This webinar will leave you armed and dangerous, ready to identify your best autosomal DNA matches and begin to move forward with the real genealogy business of making connections. This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on November 11, 2015. 1 hour 38 minutes, plus 3 pages of handouts.
Foundations in DNA 3 of 5: Y-DNA by Blaine Bettinger - Digital Download
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A look at how Y-DNA can be used for genealogical research, with examples, and a demonstration of how to review your Y-DNA test results at Family Tree DNA. 52 minutes, plus 5 pages of handouts.
Making YDNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History by Diahan Southard - Digital Download
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With the advent of autosomal DNA testing, many are missing out on the power of the YDNA and mtDNA tests. In this fun and interactive lecture we will cover the direct maternal line test, including its pros and cons, and the best time to use it. Similarly, we will talk about the power of YDNA testing for your direct paternal line. Diahan will share case studies for each kind of DNA to help you understand how others have used it to address their family history concerns. Come rejuvenate your family history research with these two DNA tests. This was presented to a live webinar audience on March 4, 2016. 1 hour 30 minutes, plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.
Confirming Enslaved Ancestors Utilizing DNA - Digital Download
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With slave ancestral research, one is often faced with direct evidence vs. indirect evidence. Many forms of direct evidence that emphatically prove family relationships, birthplaces, and other happenings are often non-existent because slaves were merely considered “property”. Some researchers have been very fortunate to find rare pieces of direct evidence, in the form of old family letters, diaries, ledgers, Bibles, etc., to positively identify enslaved ancestors. Many researchers often rely on a preponderance of indirect evidence to confirm enslaved ancestors. Collier will present cases where DNA was the direct piece of evidence that identified or confirmed an enslaved ancestor. This was presented to a live webinar audience on April 8, 2016. 1 hour 30 minutes, plus 5 pages of handouts.
Watch Geoff Live: DNA by Geoff Rasmussen and Diahan Southard - Digital Download
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Geoff finally did it! He took his first step into the world of DNA and had his two maternal grandparents tested (autosomal tests from AncestryDNA). He recently received the testing results and has waited to explore them – for the first time – in front of a LIVE webinar audience. You are invited to watch live as his DNA results are revealed. He is hoping that somehow DNA will bring down one of his longest-standing brick walls. On hand to interpret and explain what Geoff discovers will be DNA expert, webinar presenter, and yourDNAguide.com’s Diahan Southard. Geoff has kept the results hidden from her as well. The result will be a live and unscripted session giving DNA neophyte (like Geoff) viewers a first-hand look at what to expect from their first autosomal DNA test. This was presented to a live webinar audience on April 19, 2016. 1 hour 42 minutes.
The Genetic Ancestry of Native Americans by Ugo Perego - Digital Download
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This presentation will focus on genetic markers that are typical of Native American populations and how they can be used to discover your personal Native American ancestry, even in the absence of written genealogical records. 1 hour 13 minutes.
The Power of DNA in Unlocking Family Relationships - Digital Download
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This lecture will provide a general overview on how genetic testing can
be of great assistance to family historians to trace, verify, expand,
and link genealogical records and pedigrees. Particularly, we will cover
the paternally-inherited Y chromosome and the maternally-inherited
mitochondrial DNA with the purposes of showing how these two markers can play a powerful role in the search for our ancestors. Join Sorenson
Molecular Genealogy Foundation's senior researcher, Ugo Perego, for this
webinar on using DNA tools as part of our research.
DNA Research for Genealogists: Beyond the Basics - Digital Download
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Among the tens of thousand of individuals that have already experienced the novelty of genetic testing for ancestral or genealogical purposes, many are still wondering about the real benefits that such testing may bring to their family history repertoire. Join Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation's senior researcher, Ugo Perego, for this webinar on using DNA tools as part of our research.
The New Frontier in Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA Testing -Digital Download
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After the male-inherited Y chromosome (Ycs) and the maternal mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), autosomal DNA testing offers many insights into a person's past and how he/she might be related to other people.
Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard - Digital Download
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As we march forward into another year of genetic genealogy much is being discovered about the ways in which we can analyze our autosomal DNA data. There is a hot debate over two seemingly competing ideas: the DNA Circle, or the Triangulation method. The DNA Circle was pioneered by AncestryDNA and relies on small shared segments and complete family trees. The Triangulation method requires a chromosome browser and detailed calculations of shared amounts of DNA. We will cover questions like, Which is the best route to take? Do I need a chromosome browser? How can I use these methods in my own genealogy? Autosomal DNA is an ever changing field, this lecture will cover the latest methods of analysis and interpretation for the non-scientist genetic genealogist. This was presented to a live webinar audience on June 29, 2016. 1 hour 44 minutes, plus 3 pages of handouts.
Watch Geoff Live: GEDmatch.com by Geoff Rasmussen and Diahan Southard - Digital Download
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After the incredible findings of his first encounter with genetic genealogy, Geoff is ready to take his DNA research to the next level. He wants YOU – the live webinar audience – to be there with him as he explores GEDmatch.com for the first time. On hand to guide, interpret and explain what Geoff discovers will be DNA expert, webinar presenter, and yourDNAguide.com’s Diahan Southard. The result will be a live and unscripted session giving DNA neophyte researchers (like Geoff) a first-hand look at what to expect from one of DNA’s key tools – GEDmatch.com. This was presented to a live webinar audience on July 8, 2016. 1 hour 33 minutes.
Foundations in DNA 1 of 5: Genealogy and DNA by Blaine Bettinger - Digital Download
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A very basic introduction to DNA and how it can be used in combination with traditional genealogical research. Together we will examine the answers to questions like: “why should you test your DNA?” and “how do I get started with DNA?” 56 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts.
Foundations in DNA 4 of 5: Mitochondrial DNA by Blaine Bettinger - Digital Download
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A look at how mtDNA can be used for genealogical research, with examples, and a demonstration of how to review your mtDNA test results at Family Tree DNA. 49 minutes, plus 3 pages of handouts.
Foundations in DNA 5 of 5: Autosomal DNA by Blaine Bettinger - Digital Download
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A look at how atDNA can be used for genealogical research, with examples, and a demonstration of how to review your atDNA test results at 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Family Tree DNA. 52 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts.
Strategies to Find the Most Challenging Ancestors with Autosomal DNA Data by James M. Baker, PhD, CG - Digital Download
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Case studies are used to illustrate the best strategies to use to find the ancestors you need to fill in gaps in your family tree in the 6th and 7th generation. Class members learn how to mix and match the use of Ancestry DNA, FTDNA, and GEDmatch to accumulate DNA evidence while efficiently sorting through the many possible matches. This was presented to a live webinar audience on January 4, 2017. 1 hour 43 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts.
Opening Pandora’s Box: Using DNA to Find an Unexpected, Improper Ancestor by James M. Baker, PhD, CG - Digital Download
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This presentation discusses strategies to show how DNA results can be used to identify family adoptions and other Non-Paternity Events. These events may occur at any point in one’s genealogical paper tree, and sometimes may cause major surprises for DNA users. A case study is presented in which a well-researched family tree was turned upside down by DNA results for the 4th generation. 58 minutes, plus 3 pages of handouts.
The WHO of Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger - Digital Download
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Genealogists are increasingly using autosomal DNA to find genetic cousins and examine specific genealogical questions. But knowing who to test is one of the biggest hurdles of autosomal DNA. For example, why are second cousins so great to test? Why should we test the oldest generation first? Together we’ll answer these questions and help you formulate an optimal DNA testing plan. This was presented to a live webinar audience on February 8, 2017. 1 hour 31 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts.
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