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Genetic Genealogy and Ethnicity

Interact with top experts in genetic genealogy about how ethnicity impacts your research. Can you build your family tree using ethnicity results? How does Jewish, Irish, or African American Heritage impact your DNA results? 

Learn the answers to these questions and more during a fun and educational virtual experience. 


Explore your DNA with confidence, using the best tips and tricks from these experienced genealogists.

Only $24.99

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Join in an engaging virtual conference where the emphasis is on interactivity and learning about genetic genealogy!


You'll SEE the difference in this conference as your presenters will open the live chat throughout their sessions and turn on their cameras!

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Early Bird Price (until July 17th) 


Regular Price (until July 30th)


Participate in the DNA eConference
  • Virtural Conference is open to anyone with an internet connection ready to have fun while learning!

  • After registering for $24.99, you'll receive reminder emails so you don't miss the live event.

  • A week before the conference, you'll receive handouts from the speakers delivered to your email. 

  • On the day of the conference, you'll receive a link to the live stream. 

  • Ask any questions and leave comments throughout the seminars. Speakers will attempt to incorporate them during their presentations and at the end of their instructions.

  • After the last session, you'll receive a replay link that is accessible until 31 August 2021. 

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Scenes from past virtual conferences. See the difference! Presenters onscreen and a fun panel discussion after four hours of learning.

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Diahan Southard

DNA Ethnicity in 2021: More Inclusive, Specific, Accurate and Meaningful (A 5-Company Comparison)

What does DNA ethnicity mean in 2021 (or beyond)? Learn how increasing inclusiveness, specificity, and accuracy are making ethnicity results more meaningful to genealogical exploration. (This presentation continually evolves to keep up with industry developments)

Diahan Southard is a leading voice for consumer DNA testing from her position as Founder of Your DNA Guide. You will walk away from an interaction wither her enlightened and motivated as she has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable. 

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Alec Ferretti

 Jewish DNA: Strategies to Analyze Endogamy

Due to centuries of intermarriage and a population bottleneck, Jews typically have tens of thousands of DNA matches with whom they have no discernable genealogical relationship.  This talk will lay out strategies to weed out as many false positives as possible while focusing on which matches may prove the most promising.  The benefits and drawbacks of each testing company vis-à-vis endogamy will be discussed, as will different ways to help conceptualize endogamy as a whole.  

Alec Ferretti holds Masters's Degrees in Archives and Library Science and has been a professional genealogist since 2016.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Reclaim the Records,  and is the current President of the New York Genealogy & Technology Group.  

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Shanon Christmas

DNA Strategies for African American Genealogy Research 


Learn how to use the latest advances in genetic technology to overcome African American genealogy research challenges, demolish brick walls, and find family.

Shannon Christmas, is an experienced genealogist specializing in genetic, colonial American, and African-American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas. He serves as a 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, administrator of The Captain Thomas Graves of Jamestown Autosomal DNA Project, and as a co-administrator of The Hemings-Jefferson-Wayles-Eppes Autosomal DNA Project. Shannon has a special interest in harnessing the power of autosomal DNA to verify and extend pedigrees, assess the veracity of oral history, and reconstruct ancestral genomes.


Leveraging DNA to Research Your Irish Ancestry


Using both ethnicity estimates and your DNA matches, breakthroughs can be made on many of your Irish ancestral lines. This talk discusses various techniques to break down Brick Walls including sub-regional ethnicity estimates, clusters of Shared Matches, focussing on a specific ancestor/couple, and using Y-DNA when the connection is before 1750.

Maurice Gleeson

Maurice Gleeson, a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician by day and a genetic genealogist by night, is the administrator for the Gleason/Gleeson, Spearin, Farrell, Irish Caribbean DNA, and WW1 Missing Legacy projects. He has organised the DNA Lectures for "Genetic Genealogy Ireland" in Dublin and "Who Do You Think You Are" in the UK since 2012, as well as given talks all over Ireland and internationally.  

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