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A Winter of DNA Virtual Conference

30 January 2021

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Thank you for the fun learning experience.


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Stay Warm and Understand Your DNA

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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!

The conference begins at 9:45 am Eastern and ends at 4 pm.

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Which presenter will win the
"Genealogy Unscripted" challenge?

After four hours of instruction, the speakers will convene for a final panel discussion to answer questions not finished during the webinars. You can also ask any additional "off topic" questions for all presenters.

As part of the panel discussion, the DNA experts will compete in a fun challenge to see who can claim the DNA trivia title?

Who do you think will win?

Early Bird Price  $19.99 (save $5)

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

  • After registering for through PayPal, 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. 

  • 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 March 2nd, 2021. 

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

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Marian Woods

DNA & Law Enforcement

DNA has been instrumental in solving crimes for over 30 years. However,
with the emergence of consumer DNA testing databases, combined with
the use of Forensic Genetic Genealogy (FGG), decades-old cold cases
are now being solved. FGG is not only helping law enforcement bring
forth justice, but it’s also providing much-needed closure to families of
homicide victims.

Join us as we explore the process of how this new advancement in
forensic science is transforming how cold cases are solved and is making
communities safer by apprehending perpetrators of homicides who’ve
been living among us for decades.

Marian Woods is a genetic genealogist who applies the science of DNA and genetic genealogy to solve the mystery of unknown parentage, provide names for deceased individuals, and to solve cold cases. An ardent advocate for law enforcement, Marian’s interest in forensic investigations began at a young age, and her strong sense of justice led
her to utilize her genetic genealogy skills to partner with law enforcement agencies to solve cold cases. Her website can be found at

A native Texan, Marian earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin, and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She is a member of numerous genealogical societies and associations and is also a graduate of the Citizens Police Academy of Mauldin, South Carolina.

Kitty Cooper

GEDmatch Basics              


How to use the tools at GEdmatch to learn more about your DNA and compare it to relatives who tested at different companies

Kitty Munson Cooper is well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. She started her blog - - in 2012 to keep track of her own family's DNA tests as well as her genealogical research. She wrote some programs for graphing DNA relationships and converting ahnentafels to GEDCOMs.

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Tim Janzen

Tracing Ancestral Lines in the 1700s Using DNA

Many of us are faced with genealogical brick walls involving ancestors who lived in the 1700s or early 1800s.  Autosomal DNA testing is increasingly becoming an integral part of modern genealogical research used to help solve these types of problems.   You can increase the power of using autosomal DNA test results to predict correct genealogical relationships in the 1700s if you test multiple descendants of an ancestral couple on multiple lines of descent.  


This presentation will provide examples where DNA analysis was used to solve genealogical research questions involving ancestors who lived in the 1700s and will demonstrate how you can start making these types of discoveries as well

Tim Janzen is a family practice doctor at South Tabor Family Physicians in Portland, Oregon.  He has had an interest in genealogical research for 45 years and has particularly been involved in Mennonite genealogical research for the past 25 years.  He has a web site that summarizes many different sources available for Mennonite genealogical research found at and has given many presentations about Mennonite genealogy in the United States and Canada.  For the past 14 years, Tim has become very interested in using DNA analysis to help complement traditional genealogical research.  Glenn Penner and he are the co-administrators of the Mennonite DNA project at  Tim has a strong interest in many areas of genetic genealogy, particularly in regards to phasing and autosomal DNA analysis.  He periodically gives presentations on genetic genealogy and also does private genetic genealogy consulting on a case-by-case basis.

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Michelle Leonard
Genes & Genealogy

A Guide To Chromosome Browsers & DNA Segment Data        

This presentation will dive into the world of chromosome browsers and DNA segment data.  Michelle will explain what segment data is and how it can be best used to aid research goals.  She will also guide you through the different chromosome browsers available and illustrate intermediate to advanced autosomal DNA techniques such as triangulation, chromosome mapping, and inferred segment mapping.  Finally, practical examples will be used throughout to demonstrate how to make the best use of DNA segment data and chromosome browsers for genealogical purposes.  

Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, genetic genealogist, freelance researcher, speaker, writer, and historian.  She runs her own genealogy business, Genes & Genealogy, and specializes in DNA Detective work solving adoption and all manner of unknown ancestor mysteries with the use of DNA testing.  She also undertakes traditional family history research, living relative tracing, historical and television research, article and blog writing, tutoring, lecturing, webinars, and speaking engagements.  She is a regular speaker at major genealogy events including Who Do You Think You Are? Live and Genetic Genealogy Ireland.  


Additionally, Michelle is the official genetic genealogist of and is one of the hosts of the hour itself: #AncestryHour takes place on Twitter each Tuesday evening from 7-8pm GMT.

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