Finally Understand Your 23andMe Results | Take the 23andMeTour with Your DNA Guide
Millions of people around the world have taken DNA tests with 23andMe. But too many don’t understand their results! They miss powerful insights into their heritage.
January 2024 update:When 23andMe and their customers were recently impacted by a security breach and the company temporarily disabled some of their features, Your DNA Guide looked at the current tour we offer. Coach Lori has recorded a video to show some ways to still make the most of your DNA data at 23andMe. Too many people have tested at 23andMe to ignore their entire site just because a few tools are currently disabled. Even when we have to figure out some ways to work around 23andMe’s changes, it’s still worth understanding how their site works and how to analyze what you can there.
The 23andMe Tour with Your DNA Guide has answers. DNA expert Diahan Southard personally escorts you through the essential components, settings and concepts for using your DNA to explore your family story at 23andMe. Our series of prerecorded video instructions, hands-on experience, workbook activities and a research log will help you apply what you learn to your own test results.
Take your 23andMe test results from confusion to clarity
Everyone deserves to know who they are and where they come from. DNA testing can help. But when you don’t understand your results, it can be disappointing and frustrating. Instead of gaining confidence about your origins, you may feel more confused. Instead of being excited to share with family and friends, you hesitate. You may even feel like you wasted your money.
It’s not just you! With DNA, there’s a learning curve.
That’s why we created the 23andMe Tour. It’s an online learning experience that takes about 2-3 hours (you set the pace!). You’ll watch a series of short, easy video tutorials. You’ll fill in a colorful, interactive PDF workbook. These exercises and activities will help you understand the DNA concepts and apply them to your own results.
When you finish your 23andMe Tour, you’ll FINALLY better understand what your DNA is telling you about your roots. You’ll be more confident in your results and be better able to explain them to others. You’ll even start to see how, over time, your 23andMe test results may continue to help you connect with unknown relatives and ancestors.
Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard is a globally-renowned genetic genealogy educator. She designed these self-paced modules with activities that reinforce your learning to give you a progressive, confident and thorough learning experience.
Lori Napolitano is a retired forensic investigator who created a statewide Investigative Genetic Genealogy program. She loved bringing her genealogy “hobby” to work and solving cold cases, and now she brings her expertise to a step-by-step learning experience for you.
What comes with the 23andMe DNA Tour
- About 3 hours of engaging video instruction, divided into short, easy-to-learn segments so you can start, stop, and rewatch as needed to learn each key concept
- A colorful, 18-page, interactive, printable PDF workbook you can fill in as you go along–and which becomes a useful reference guide
- A total on-demand Tour experience of about 4-5 hours (videos+exercises), where you will learn at your own pace, at your convenience
- Indefinite access to your Tour, with occasional updates as MORE exciting new tools or features are added to 23andMe, so you can KEEP learning MORE of what your DNA can tell you
- BONUS: A handy digital edition of the 23andMe Quick Reference Guide, with at-a-glance reference for the important tools and features you’ll want to visit on the site
What you’ll learn
An Overview: Getting Started with 23andMe
Ancestry Composition at 23andMe: Deep Ancestry
- Navigating Your Ancestry Composition
- Dig into your DNA: Deep Ancestry
- Let’s Explore Haplogroups
- Implement Your Deep Ancestry
Ancestry Composition at 23andMe: Recent Ancestry
- Recent Ancestry Places
- Recent Ancestry Relatives
- Implement your Recent Ancestry
- Ethnicity Updates
DNA Matches at 23andMe
- An Introduction to DNA Matches
- Navigating the Match Page
- DNA Match Profile
- Implement Your DNA Matches at 23andMe
You’ve Only Just Begun!
- Next Steps with Your Ancestry Composition
- Family Tree Tool
- Chromosome Browser
- Intro to transferring
- DNA Testing Plan
- Do Genealogy!
- Set Your Settings (Settings are Boring, But They Matter)
What technical requirements are necessary?
Your Tour takes place entirely online. You’ll need a reliable internet connection for streaming the video learning sessions and for additional learning on your own time. You’ll need access to 23andMe test results, which do not come with this Tour.
Why take your Tour now?
The sooner you learn to understand your 23andMe results, the sooner you can use them to make meaningful discoveries about who you are and where you came from. That low price makes it SO much easier to say YES!
January 2024 update: When 23andMe and their customers were recently impacted by a security breech and the company temporarily disabled some of their features, Your DNA Guide looked at the current tour we offer. Coach Lori has recorded a video to show some ways to still make the most of your DNA data at 23andMe. Too many people have tested at 23andMe to ignore their entire site just because a few tools are currently disabled. Even when we have to figure out some ways to work around 23andMe’s changes, it’s still worth understanding how their site works and how to analyze what you can there.
This is the second one of these I have done. My understanding here was far better. I learn by doing! thus doing each one for me is important. In this walk thru had many ahhha moments, I do have a stack of people contacted, Just going through the steps again to see what happens after I updated to the V5 chip. last time I was working on the information of my 2013. So looking forward to that I CAN do this, such a great feeling.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so much, Lori and Diahan, I can look at things and know what they are and what I can do with it...
Diahan Southard is a brilliant, generous, and kind genealogist, geneticist, and teacher.
It is because of endogamy in the Jewish population that this tour and her other genetic website tours fall short. The tour courses are totally geared to people without endogamy, to people whose ancestors come from a number of different countries, to people whose mystery matches clearly match a known ancestor, not to Jewish researchers whose known ancestor's mystery matches are virtually the same as another known ancestor's matches, where the paternal side of origin is Lithuania and the maternal side of origin is contiguous Belarus (parts of which were once in Lithuania).
Perhaps there should be separate tours for people with endogamy that could delve into how to best use each site.
The reason I took each tour course was to see if I could learn the maiden names of my 3 2X great grandmothers born in Lithuania and of my 3 2X great grandmothers born in Belarus so that I might be able to find records for them and their birth families. That was my goal. I understood that I would need relevant third cousins to test. I do know of a few definite third cousins, but I had hoped the tours would help me find additional third cousins which they didn't.
I understand the winnowing process of matches where there is endogamy, looking only at substantial longest segment plus additional segments. I took the endogamy course. Yet I have a list of those winnowed matches with no way of telling which of my six unknown 2X great grandmothers each matches because virtually each matches all.
I will try to look again at the possible third cousins to achieve my goal. The materials for each of the site tours was repetitive which would have been fine if I did not have endogamy.
I've taken a number of DNA courses but this one taught by Lori and Diahan ranks right up there at the top of my favorites. I found it extremely interesting and useful. The knowledge I gained prompted me to do more research and to reach a new hypothetical conclusion on an adoption case I've been working on for several years. I highly recommend this tour.
Wow Rod! That's wonderful you were able to make that new breakthrough! Keep us posted on what you find!
I was sort of self-taught in 23&me until this course was offered and I did learn several helpful things, ie, how to compare your shared match list/matches in common and find known relationships that help me to decipher how I might be related. I also was able to take a known match and group others to either materal or paternal and group by 1c, 2c, 3c to see what ancestor couples I should look to find the relationship.
Thanks so much for your review Donna! Sounds like you've made some great discoveries on your tree!