DNA Education

We help you decode your DNA and make it fun to find your family and their stories.

You have questions about your DNA results? We have answers.

We help you use your DNA results to connect with your roots and find your family.

Have you taken a DNA test yet?
What’s next?
Which test?

Your DNA Guide is on

Everyone deserves to know who they are and
where they came from. DNA can help!

But DNA can be…

We teach you to DO the DNA confidently and accurately.
And we make it FUN!

“When I discover who I am,
I’ll be free.”

Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man

What You’ll Get
from Your DNA Guide

Get clear
about using DNA
Follow step-by-step plans for exploring your questions
Know you
are doing it

How to DO the DNA with Us

You COULD spend hours learning things about DNA
that won’t actually help answer your questions.

Not with us! We help you quickly figure out what you want to know. We save you time, money and frustration
while helping you gain insights into your roots.

Get started
with free webinars and mini-courses

Take a tour
of your DNA testing company results–just $29

Dive Deeper
with Your DNA Guide–the Book from $17
confident, hands-on Courses and Workshops from $129

What people are saying about Your DNA Guide

What does DNA testing REALLY tell you about your ethnicity?

Get your free copy of “DNA Ethnicity Results
Quick Start Guide” by Diahan Southard

We do DNA education right

DNA can be a powerful tool for discovering your origins–if you can figure out how to use it.

But a lot of DNA education happens in one-time webinars or articles. While helpful and inspiring, these don’t deliver the ongoing, interactive experience most people need to make their own DNA discoveries accurately and confidently. Most people need:

  • Expert teachers who break down the science into EVERYDAY LANGUAGE
  • Step-by-step INSTRUCTIONS for tasks linked to their specific DNA goals
  • TIME to process what they learn
  • PRACTICE: exercises and repetition to master new concepts
  • Clear next steps to BUILD on their knowledge
  • HELP when they get stuck
  • a FUN and CONFIDENT learning environment so the discovery experience remains rewarding

The SPIN Process

All of these principles are built into our signature SPIN learning process, offered in our Academy Courses and Workshops. These are interactive, sustained experiences where you:

  • Study the concepts
  • Practice on guided activities
  • Implement them with your own DNA results, and take
  • Next Steps based on your discoveries and goals

We also offer get-started solutions you can use to advance your learning independently: our popular DNA Testing Company Tours and Your DNA Guide–the Book.

Our company founder, Diahan Southard, has been helping people use DNA to explore their roots for over 20 years. She started her career at the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, which created the DNA database that became AncestryDNA. After witnessing the power of DNA for family history–and the difficulties people face in using it effectively–she launched a pioneering career in DNA education.

Over the last 20 years Diahan has given hundreds of lectures on DNA from Burbank to Oslo, London to Seattle, to crowds of tens to thousands. Diahan’s talents for making DNA accessible, exciting and relevant are on full display as host of the PBS special, Your DNA Secrets Revealed. Diahan teaches on global platforms such as RootsTech, GenealogyTV and Legacy Tree Webinars. She appears on popular genealogy podcasts and is a DNA columnist for Family Tree Magazine. Read more about us.

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Start your journey

Identify unknown ancestors and fill in empty spots on your family tree.
Connect with genetic relatives and learn more about your birth roots.
Learn about taking DNA tests and how to understand your test results.
See what those DNA ethnicity percentages are really telling you.
Once a month, you’ll get
a little news, tossed with
tips & inspiration to
Do the DNA!

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