DNA Boot Camp Free Videos for Members

 

DNA Boot Camp Free Videos for Members

You may have heard that over the past year, DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters, LLC and Thomas MacEntee have teamed up to produce a series of genealogy educational events called DNA Boot Camps. Now these 18 hours of DNA webinars are available free to OGS members! Watch the Facebook Live announcement with from RootsTech 2018 OGS Vice President Steve Fulton and Thomas MacEntee:

Topics include:

  • Getting Started with DNA and Genealogy
  • Additional DNA Tools and Concepts
  • Interpreting Your Ancestry DNA Results
  • Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results
  • Solving Family Mysteries with DNA
  • Finding Birth Families Using DNA

Each topic consists of two 90 minute pre-recorded webinar videos. OGS Members just have to go to the OGS website and login (upper right corner of the webpage) and go to Members Corner to access the webinars.

Video Details:

Getting Started with DNA and Genealogy

Have you taken one or more DNA test, but really haven’t made an effort to start using the information for genealogy research? Also, are you sure you used the right type of DNA test or the best DNA testing vendor? – Introduction to Using DNA for Genealogy Research webinar (90 min) – Using Autosomal DNA for Genealogy Research webinar (90 min)

 

Additional DNA Tools and Concepts

You have a basic understanding of using DNA for genealogy research. Are you ready to advance to new tools such as those offered on the free website, GEDMatch? And what about using other types of DNA test such as Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and X-DNA in your research? – GEDMatch – Powerful Tools for Analyzing DNA Results and Finding New DNA Matches webinar (90 min) – Using Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, and X-DNA for Genealogy Research webinar (90 min)

Interpreting Your AncestryDNA Results

Have you tested your DNA with Ancestry and received your results? Are you confused not only by what they mean, but how to use them as part of your genealogy research? Understand your ethnic breakdown, and also learn how to make the results part of your family history research. – AncestryDNA webinar (90 min) – Ancestry DNA Hands-on Exercise webinar (90 min)

 

Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results

Have you tested your DNA with Family Tree DNA or 23andMe and received your results? Are you confused not only by what they mean, but how to use them as part of your genealogy research? And if you’ve tested with AncestryDNA or another company, why are the results somewhat different? Plus, if you’ve taken the health part of the 23andMe test, what can you do with the results? – Family Tree DNA webinar (90 min) – 23andMe webinar (90 min)

Solving Family Mysteries with DNA

So let’s say that you’ve taken a DNA test and you’re still looking for a better way to find that elusive ancestor since no other documentation exists. Or maybe you were adopted or your parent was. How do you handle these family mysteries? There’s a technique called Mirror Trees that’s a great way to help with these mysteries. Mirror trees can be used to test theories about unknown ancestors. Mirror Trees use DNA matches, who typically are distant relatives, such as second or third cousins. The matches’ family trees are built “up” to find common ancestors amongst the matches’ trees. Then, for unknown parent work, trees are built “down” to include those ancestors’ descendants. Possible birth parents are identified from the descendants. Determining who your matches are is important for this work. There are many tools for when your matches don’t respond or don’t have a tree posted. – Mirror Trees webinar (90 min) – Best Tools for Researching Difficult DNA Matches webinar (90 min)

 

Finding Birth Families Using DNA

Every day, adoptees and others with unknown parents find their birth families with DNA testing. This involves carefully analyzing DNA matches to determine who closely they are related and oftentimes using Mirror Trees, which are described above. These methods are described, along with two case studies that show how DNA helped find unknown fathers. – Using DNA for Adoption & Unknown Parentage Work webinar (90 min) – Adoption & Unknown Parentage Case Studies webinar (90 min)

 

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