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Intensive Hands-on Session: Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy with Diahan Southard
Working in pairs or small groups you will get a chance to take a DNA case step-by-step to learn how to explore your autosomal DNA match list and make family connections. No computer required. With registration limited to 30 people you will have a chance to interact personally with Diahan. You will work through your own workbook which will be provided to session participants, and take away great ideas on pursuing your DNA matches.
Speaker: Diahan Southard
After getting bitten by the DNA bug as a high school student, Diahan went on to study at Brigham Young University where she earned a bachelors degree in microbiology. She worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, one of the first efforts to create a correlated genetic and genealogical database.
Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry led her to her current position at Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. That means she can take you step by step through any kind of DNA test in a way that you will understand, and even enjoy!
Diahan has been pleased to lecture in many areas including both national and local conferences, from hundreds to handfuls. You will walk away from an interaction with her feeling like she is fun, upbeat, and full of energy. You might also be surprised to leave feeling that you really can do this DNA thing! This is because she has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.
Diahan is the author of several quick guides on genetic genealogy, featured writer for Family Tree Magazine, regular contributor to Genealogy Today, as well as many other small writing engagements. Diahan is fresh off the speaker’s podium from RootsTech 2019.
HOW TO GET TO THE SESSION:
Lansing United Church is located at the corner of Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road, near Yonge and Sheppard in Toronto.
By subway: Take the Line 1 (Yonge-University) or Line 4 (Sheppard) and exit at Sheppard-Yonge Station. Walk one block west on Sheppard Avenue to Beecroft Road and two blocks south to Poyntz Avenue.
By car: Poyntz Avenue is two blocks south of Sheppard Avenue, north of the 401. Lansing United Church is one block west of Yonge Street. There are three parking lots close by.
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