DNA Coaching Services: Expert, Confidential DNA Advice

Sometimes, what you need to make progress with your important DNA questions is to get some expert advice. Our Coaching consultations point you in the right direction to answer YOUR specific DNA questions and situations in a confidential setting. We don’t do the research for you–we help YOU continue your own DNA discovery process.

Book a live, 30-minute confidential video consultation with one of our expert DNA coaches! During your time together, your coach will address your specific DNA question by reviewing your test results with you. You will receive insights and recommended next steps for your specific situation. The service includes a recording of your session plus an email that summarizes key points, so you have a permanent record of what you learned.

Here’s what people are saying about our Coaching Services:

Thank you so much for your ideas regarding my Schieber/Koelfgen research! Our Zoom session was wonderful and I have a path forward now. Your ability to communicate DNA information in plain English makes you unique and I greatly appreciate that as I am not science oriented.

Ruth Ann Hager

Even though I’m a…fairly experienced genealogist, Diahan’s insight and expertise were invaluable in breaking through a decades-old brick wall. I have never felt like money was so well spent or time so well used.

Lisa Can Gemert

My consultation helped me to better understand how to use my DNA test to find missing relatives and opened avenues to explore that I never would have come up with on my own. I highly recommend this service.

Barbara Gee

Classic and Premium Coaching: Which is right for you?

We offer two levels of Coaching: Classic and Premium. A Classic Coaching session is exactly as described above. Do you have a question that deserves more complex consideration than a 30-minute conversation? Choose Premium Coaching. Your coach will spend a full hour analyzing your test results BEFORE your 30 minutes together. This gives the coach more time to delve deeply into your test results, matches and tree data. Depending on the question, your Premium Coaching results may include a determination of target genetic match groups (which groups of DNA matches may best help answer your question). Coaching services are available for personal research questions only, not for professional researchers who want to verify client work.

Classic Coaching | $149

  • Submit your research question ahead of time
  • Spend 30 minutes in a live video consultation with an expert DNA coach, reviewing your question
  • Expert evaluation of your findings (if applicable) and recommended next steps
  • Recording of your session
  • Email follow-up with summary of key points

Worth every penny. You have done more in 20 minutes with a DNA match than we’ve done in 20 years.

Rona Saunders

Classic Coaching Customer

Diahan Southard helped me decide which Y-ch test I should buy for 2 distant cousins and the test was perfect to answer my question.

Walter Clinton

Classic Coaching Customer

Thank you! Now I have some direction.

Juli Bulleigh

Classic Coaching Customer

Does this sound like what you need? Order a Classic Coaching session now.

Premium Coaching | $259

  • Submit your question and test results ahead of time
  • Your coach spends 60 minutes analyzing your question BEFORE your video consultation
  • Spend 30 minutes in a live video consultation with an expert DNA coach, reviewing your question
  • Expert evaluation of your findings (if applicable) and recommended next steps
  • Determination of target genetic match groups, if applicable
  • Recording of your session
  • Email follow-up with summary of key points

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I have literally spent hundreds of hours poring over DNA matches to solve a brick wall in my research. Because of how time consuming it is, I was a little skeptical of how much help it would be for the expert to spend 60 minutes looking at my information. Now I know, it is because of high level experience, expertise and organizational skills. Michelle was absolutely amazing and well prepared for our meeting! She was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I can now see a clear path to organize my data and to gather the other information I need to help me solve my genealogy mystery. I highly recommend her services!

Sherri Batterson

Premium Coaching Customer

My consultation helped me to better understand how to use my DNA test to find missing relatives and opened avenues to explore that I never would have come up with on my own. I highly recommend this service!

Barbara Gee

Premium Coaching Customer

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Larry Olson
Immensely productive coaching session with Lori Napolitano!

I cannot say enough about the value of Lori’s coaching. I had a very specific genealogical question - the identity of my wife’s paternal grandmother’s father. I had started dotting her DNA matches but got hung up. Lori pointed out a couple of obvious BMM suspects among the matches and suggested a simple change to my dotting procedure. Within an hour of her call, I was able to split the networks and isolate close to 50 leftovers. Using the Finding Living Relatives techniques, I was able to identify several matches, find some common surnames among their trees, and identify an MRCA couple! Lori quickly responded to a couple of follow-up questions and has been very encouraging as I updated her with my great news.

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KLatt
Need a 10-Star Option!

My coaching session with Lori Napolitano was positively invaluable. I'm a rookie genealogist who had been struggling to find a connection for several DNA matches. These were high matches, who should be easy to figure out, right? I had myself going in circles and could not break my thought cycle. Lori helped me do that and so much more. She helped me better organize my thoughts, my matches and redirect my analysis to probabilities I had never considered. And she did it in such a way that even a rookie, like me, could understand. Time spent with Lori was worth every nickel. I now feel more confident about continuing my research knowing I am equipped with better tools and better methods. If you are on the fence about private coaching, get off and sign up. You will be very happy you did. Thank you again, Lori, and Your DNA Guide. Like my title implies: 5 stars simply are not enough.

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Kathleen Tutwiler
Classic Coaching with Michelle Leonard

Michelle is an excellent facilitator and coach. I was so impressed with the speed and efficiency in which she assessed my family tree and DNA matches. She quickly provided feedback to confirm my suspicion of why I had difficulty splitting the network. My genetic network did not match genealogy in my family tree. Knowing this was a complicated mystery, I setup multiple one-on-one sessions. Michelle’s knowledge and skills in genetics and genealogy are exceptional. She continues to provide guidance and recommendations for my research and reviews progress to ensure I’m on the right track. Michelle definitely goes above and beyond with coaching.

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Glenn
Session with Michelle Leonard

Amazing how much Michelle could do in the 1 hour prior to our session. She was totally up to speed on my problem and gave me great organizational tips and a process to get potentially to a solution. There were also some specific match recommendations for me to pursue that I had never recognized to that point. The way I was working on solving my problem was more of a hit or miss approach and I am confident the path she has put me on will end up positively. Michelle covered a lot of ground in 30 minutes, and was very clear and concise in explaining things so at the end, I really didn't have any questions, but had a lot of answers! Thank you very much, Michelle!

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Terrance Coyne
Excellent session with Lori Napolitano

I had a great session with Lori and she reviewed my work in considerable detail and confirmed my initial analysis about a mystery DNA match. I am trying to identify the common ancestor to my closest mystery match after the process of building out her tree failed to generate one. Based on the amount of DNA I share with the mystery match and the amount she shares with cousins from the same part of the family tree, I suspect there is a misattributed parental relationship involved, something that Lori said seemed likely. Lori gave me several more ideas for how I might try to investigate further. This session was well worth the money and I am very happy with the results.

DNA testing itself is not included in our Coaching service. You need to take a test and bring us the results. Our expert analysis focuses ONLY on your DNA results; we will leave the related genealogy research to you. Our goal is to help YOU keep making your own DNA discoveries.