In the News: Diahan Southard and Your DNA Guide

Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide, is in the news as a world-renowned genetic genealogy educator, thought leader and coach. She’s available for keynote presentations, genealogy conferences and seminars, corporate events and family gatherings. Find Diahan Southard’s bio summary and head shot here. Please contact our office for additional media assets, interviews or presentation requests.

“The Power of Genetic Genealogy.” Diahan Southard in a video interview with ISHI news during her first appearance at the International Symposium on Human Identification. Learn more about her experience with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and the sale of its databases to Ancestry, and how she segued to teaching genetic genealogy.

Diahan Southard joins Genealogy Connection podcast in an exclusive, episode-length interview with host Drew Smith. Diahan discusses four basic DNA research concepts that have made her own genetic genealogy work successful. Listen here for free.

“Do You Know the Origin of Your Family?” (in Portuguese; let Google Translate translate it for you), Jan. 13, 2020. Diahan speaks to Brazilian readers about genetic genealogy testing for family history in a longer article that also addresses Brazilian perspectives on privacy, legislation and where to take DNA tests.

Ancestry Surpasses 15 Million Members in its DNA Network, Yahoo Finance, May 21, 2019. Diahan Southard comments as the world’s largest genetic genealogy database reaches a significant milestone: “I have had a front row seat as the genetic genealogy industry has grown from a spark of an idea to a global phenomenon.”

“Take a DNA Test, Then Buy an Airplane Ticket,” The New York Times Travel, Jan. 22, 2019. If you want to travel to your ancestral homeland, will your ethnicity reports from your direct-to-consumer DNA test accurately tell you where you should book your flight to? Diahan Southard provides context for understanding the accuracy of ethnicity reports included in direct-to-consumer DNA test kits.

“Genealogy Expert Shares How DNA Analysis Fuels Family Research,” Journal Gazette, Oct. 27, 2018. In a full-day seminar at the nation’s leading public library’s genealogy center, Diahan Southard cautioned attendees to choose DNA testing companies with care, and offered advice on how to interpret those exciting (but not always precise or accurate) ethnicity estimates and to identify places on your family tree for those genetic cousins your testing site finds.

Local 10 News’ Laurie Jennings Learns about Her Family’s Past, Channel 10 News, Feb. 27, 2017. DNA sleuth Diahan Southard helps uncover the family history of a local news anchor. She identifies DNA matches—previously unknown relatives—who share her surname and surprising geographic origins.