Hello, this is Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard and here’s something I’m looking forward to teaching you more about at the Genealogy Roots Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 4 and 5, 2018. 

We are going to cover Three Key Strategies for understanding your autosomal DNA test results. I have heard so many of you tell me you are overwhelmed by your long list of DNA cousins and you don’t know how to go about turning that list of cousins into a list of genealogical discoveries. My very favorite tool to help you immediately take control of your match list is the shared matches tool. Every company has one, and it works like a filter on your match list. It shows you a list of people who are sharing DNA with you and one other person. You can use it in many ways, but one idea is to use the shared matches tool on a known first cousin who has tested. Then you know that everyone in that shared matches list is also related to the grandparent couple you share with that first cousin. Now you might not know right away exactly how you are related, but it is a great start to know which side of the family they belong to. 


Originally published on June 2018 on genealogygems.com. 



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