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Are you looking for someone to guide your group or society through the complicated world of DNA testing? Look no further. Short on funds? Why not try a webinar? Please peruse my list of topics below and then contact me for pricing information.

Keynote

Rewrite History With DNA, Two Clara's, a Blood Test, and Country Music It seems like every day we are seeing news stories about individuals who are suddenly discovering their parentage and heritage using DNA testing. We will talk about how these experiences are shaping lives and changing perspectives, and about how you can be inspired and encouraged by their stories.

Let Your DNA Tell Your Story  Your DNA, by its very nature, is one of a kind. There is no one else on the earth exactly like you. In this class we will cover all three kinds of DNA test types and discover ways you can use this unique record to tell the story of your family history. We will strip down your DNA results into their essential parts, and learn together how to use this fascinating technology to tell an engaging story of your past, using tools you already have, so that even your most skeptical family member will want to hear more about your family history.

How DNA Made a Family Out of Strangers My mom was adopted from an unwed mother’s home in Seattle, Washington. Come learn how we were able to use a combination of genetic and genealogical tools to connect with our biological family, and how it has affected our lives. Leave with concrete ideas on how to apply these same methods to your own personal genetic genealogy endeavors, whether you are looking for your father, or your 3X Great Grandfather.  

Breakout Sessions

Three DNA Tests = Three Times the Fun Three kinds of DNA tests, five testing companies, and many different outcomes. Learn the basics and leave with confidence in this new area of research.

YDNA and MtDNA

The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite  Come learn basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA verify and extend your pedigree chart, including how to make the most of your YDNA family project.

Your Mom’s mtDNA  The mtDNA test is among the more expensive of DNA testing options and most find the results confusing and inconclusive. Is this test worth your time and money?

Making YDNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History YDNA and mtDNA are often overlooked in this autosomal-centered industry. Come learn how both of these tests can enliven your family history work.

Autosomal DNA

Beginner/Intermediate

Me and My 1,000+ DNA 4th Cousins  If you have seen the results from an autosomal DNA test you have likely seen a long long list of 4th cousins. Who are all of these people? Are all of them relevant to my family history research? How do I go about figuring that out? We will cover the tools available at your DNA testing company that will help you sort and filter your match list, to present you with only your Best Matches, those who are most able to help you with your genealogical questions. We will learn both analysis and organizational techniques that are sure to add another leaf to your dinner table.

DNA Third Party Tools You Actually Need When your list of needs for genetic genealogy analysis are not met at your DNA testing company, you may find yourself adrift in the world of Third Party Tools. All of them are created by innovated, talented genetic genealogists trying to provide better solutions to the problem of analyzing and using your data.

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: Choosing an Autosomal DNA Testing Company With more and more companies joining the ranks of autosomal DNA testing, and without unlimited resources, how can you choose the best company to fit your needs? We will cover the five main autosomal DNA testing companies, as well as other smaller companies vying for your business.

Five Tips To Make Sense of Your DNA Testing  So you have had your autosomal DNA tested- now what?! Come learn in 45 minutes what would take you hours to read about online, and leave armed with enough information to start making your DNA work for you.

An Outsider’s Look Inside AncestryDNA  AncestryDNA is taking growing exponentially every week.  But can their super computers and large database really help you in your genealogical efforts?  Come find out.

Finding Missing Persons With DNA DNA testing can be a very powerful tool to help fill in the blanks in your family tree. But how helpful can it really be when you know absolutely nothing about the person you are trying to find? As it turns out, with the right techniques and a careful search, your DNA might be able to tell you more than you think.

Your Slice of the DNA Pie  Have questions about your ethnic origins?  Just want to know what all the maps and percentages mean? This is the place. We will cover all major testing companies, and AncestryDNA's Genetic Communities tool.

The Combined Power of YDNA and Autosomal DNA: A Case Study  This case study integrating YDNA and autosomal DNA testing can teach you how to navigate your own DNA.

Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results  Long lists of matches and multiple buttons and graphs at your DNA testing company can often lead to information overload. But not all of the thousands of matches on your DNA match list are important, and not all the buttons are useful. Learn how to leverage your admixture results, the reports from your testing company, and the Shared Matches tool to slim down your match list and begin making genealogical discoveries with your DNA test results.

8 Ways Your DNA Test Impacts Your Family History With many finding parents and siblings and long lost grandparents thanks to the power of DNA testing, you may have the impression that Genetic Genealogy is only for those with limited genealogy. However, that is not the case! Those with especially conspicuous ancestors can still benefit from the results of DNA testing. We will cover how to use your test results to verify your known family history, how to use it to get younger generations involved in family history, how to use it to explore your health, and much more! 

Organizing Your DNA Results  Now that you have pages of matches and gobs of new information, how do you keep track of it all? We will spend time going over how to create and track correspondence, organization tools within each testing company, as well as strategies for tracking the genealogy information of your matches, including surnames, locations, and genetic relationships. You are bound to walk out of this lecture with a game plan that you can implement right away.

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda: A Look At Ethics in Genetic Genealogy While DNA testing isn’t the only way of discovering a family secret, it certainly is efficient. As the genetic genealogy databases swell with individuals searching for their relatives, both distant and immediate, you are bound to find yourself in some kind of quandary about what to do next. We will explore the options surrounding what you should do, identify what you can do, and generate some ideas on what you might want to do next. 

Jack and Jill: Can DNA Reveal The True Story On The Hill?  Using Jack and Jill as our example, we will cover the ins and outs of autosomal DNA and what it can actually reveal about two people, their heritage, relationship, and their story. We will examine media stories to help uncover fact or fiction, including the role of law enforcement. All to determine if DNA can really help determine why Jack went tumbling down the hill.

DNA and Jack Sprat’s Wife (Who Couldn’t Eat Any Lean) With the advent of autosomal DNA testing, women were catapulted into the limelight, no longer needing to rely so heavily on the men in their life to spit or swab. This lecture will focus on all things female from mtDNA, XDNA, and especially how to use the wives of your ancestors to help identify your autosomal DNA matches.

For those who are ready

Connecting Your DNA Matches While it is possible for you to analyze your DNA matches one at a time to determine how you are related, there is much that can be accomplished by first identifying the connections between those on your match list, organizing those matches, and then working together to determine how you are related to each other. Learn the tips and tricks to this powerful method of match analysis.

Genetic Genealogy: Behind the Curtain  There is more to your genetic genealogy test results that what is displayed on the website at your DNA testing company. There is tremendous power in those little shared pieces of DNA that you can unleash if you know how. In this lecture we will cover HOW the testing company is coming up with these numbers, and how that knowledge, and a couple tools, can empower your family history research.

A Day Out With Your DNA   While DNA testing for genealogy is no longer a new idea, many companies are offering a new way to look at your DNA.  In this lecture we will cover the biggest and brightest options, and help you decide where you should take your DNA, and how to make the most of it.   

Hands-On 

From Mouse Click to DNA Connection  Learning and doing are two entirely different things. Combine them in this fun and effective lecture about genetic genealogy. Computers and reliable internet connection required.

Try Your Hand At Genetic Genealogy Working in pairs or small groups you will get a chance to take a DNA case step-by-step to learn exactly how to explore your autosomal DNA match list and make family connections. No computer required.

Traditional Genealogy

3 Ways To Get Youth Involved in Genealogy  The more we learn about our family the more we want to share. Learn easy ways to involve those you love in the research process.