DNA Study Group | Spend a Year with Your DNA Guide

Get ready for ongoing DNA learning and support! Join monthly live classes and case study reviews with Diahan Southard and her team of expert DNA coaches. It’s fun, it’s affordable and it keeps you diving into your DNA on a regular basis.

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What’s included with the DNA Study Group

  • Two live, 60-minute Study Sessions every month (skill level varies) on pre-planned topics with Diahan and our expert DNA coaches. Attend as many as you like!
  • Handouts for each Study Session to help you remember what you learned, and additional resources to extend your learning experience
  • Study Sessions recordings that are archived for two full months so you can watch again
  • Discussion boards, some monitored by our expert DNA coaches and others available for members to chat amongst themselves
  • Optional add-on purchase: A Your DNA Guide Binder, with dividers, to keep your handouts and notes. Also included are a copy of “The Plan,” the Your DNA Guide glossary of terms, and a printed schedule you can add to the front for quick reference.

 How much does it cost to attend? Two options

Who should join the DNA Study Group?

You! The DNA Study Group serves all skill levels. Each Study Session has a suggested skill level and you can attend whichever ones you like. We have three skill levels and a general category for traditional genealogy skills:

  • Core Concepts: Build (or review) foundations in genetic genealogy with essential concepts and strategies. No prior knowledge necessary.
  • Masterclass: Take a deeper look into tips and skills to help you gain confidence in using DNA in your family history. These are designed for those who have taken the DNA Skills Workshop; others may attend if they choose.
  • Above and Beyond: While not always essential, these more advanced tools and strategies can enhance your research and may just be fun to geek-out on. 
  • Do Genealogy: Build your skills in areas of traditional research.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the DNA Study Group meet and what topics will be covered?

Sessions are held twice per month, on first and third Wednesdays (with exception of January 1 shifting to January 8). Attend as many as you like! If you can attend live, that’s great: if not, don’t worry, because after each session, the recording will be made available for two months. 

See the schedule below. Note the description and skill level for each Study Session. You may decide to stick to your current skill level, go back and review more basic concepts, or sit in on a more advanced class to learn what’s possible.

How is the DNA Study Group different from the DNA Skills Workshop?

The Study Group is a more casual but consistent monthly learning experience for a variety of skill levels. It supports and fosters your DNA learning so you can make steady progress at your own desired pace. To that end, we are focusing on the first two steps in our unique SPIN learning process: lots of Study and a little bit of hands-on Practice. 

Our Study Sessions will follow the Tell, Show, Do, Review pattern. We will Tell you what it is you’re going to learn, we will Show you how to do it, then you will get time to Do it yourself while our coach is right there to answer any questions. Then we will review all the things that you’ve learned so that you’re prepared to take your new knowledge into your own research. 

To keep this experience focused and affordable, the Study Group does not include workbooks, access to expert-monitored discussion boards, buddy groups or other enhancements that are part of the DNA Skills Workshop.

How do I know the DNA Study Group will work for me?

As you fully participate, we guarantee that you’ll make real, lasting, confident progress in your genetic genealogy education! If you don’t, you may cancel anytime. You will be charged for the month you cancel, and you will lose access to all recorded and live classes. If you paid up front, we will refund the prorated amount, less a $15.00 processing fee (sorry, that’s how much it costs us).

What technical requirements are necessary?

The DNA Study Group takes place entirely online. You’ll need a reliable internet connection for streaming the live video sessions. You’ll also need access to DNA test results, which are not included with the DNA Study Group.

2024/2025 Schedule

April 2024

  • 3rd at 4pm ET: Use the Plan and SPIN to Make Progress in Your Research (Core Concepts)
  • 17th at 2pm ET: Best Mystery Matches, Dots, and Leftovers (Masterclass)

May

  • 1st at 2pm ET: Genetic Networks, Split the Network, and Generation of Connection (Core Concepts)
  • 15th at 11am ET: Leeds Method, Autoclustering Techniques (Masterclass)

June

  • 5th at 11am ET: Finding Recent Relatives in Newspapers and Online Obituary Portals (Core Concepts)
  • 19th at 2pm ET: More Records for Finding Relatively Recent Relatives (Do Genealogy)

July

  • 3rd at 11am ET: Dive (Core)
  • 17th at 2pm ET: Dive (Masterclass)

August

  • 7th at 6pm ET: Building Quick and Simple Trees for the Matches in Your Genetic Network (Core Concepts)
  • 21st at 2pm ET: WikiTree and DNA (Masterclass)

September

  • 4th at 11am ET: Evaluating Other People’s Family Trees (and Improving Your Own) (Do Genealogy)
  • 18th at 11am ET: Distant Matches, Distant Ancestors, and the Power of Bottoms Up (Masterclass)

October

  • 2nd at 4pm ET: Better Together: Combining YDNA and Autosomal DNA (Core Concepts)
  • 16th at 2pm ET: What’s the Big Deal about Big Y-700? (Above and Beyond)

November

  • 6th at 4pm ET: Birth Family Research (Core Concepts)
  • 20th at 11am ET: Overview of Forensic Topics (Above and Beyond)

December

  • 4th at 6pm ET: Working with Genetic Leftovers (Core Concepts)
  • 18th at 2pm ET: The Difficult Leftovers (Masterclass)

January 2025

  • 8th at 4pm ET: Endogamy Strategies (Core Concepts)
  • 15th at 2pm ET: Endogamy Studies and Banyan (Masterclass)

February

  • 5th at 11am ET: U.S. Basics: Censuses and Vital Records in the United States Since 1900 (Do Genealogy)
  • 19th at 2pm ET: British Basics: Censuses and Vital Records in the United Kingdom and Ireland (Do Genealogy)

March

  • 5th at 2pm ET: Scottish Records (Do Genealogy)
  • 19th at 11am ET: What’s New in Genetic Genealogy Tools and Testing Company Updates? (Core Concepts)