A Winter of DNA eConference
January 25, 2020
Stay Warm and
Understand Your DNA
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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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 (until January 10th)
Regular Price (until January 24th)
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 February 26, 2019.
Scenes from past eConferences. See the difference! Presenters onscreen and a fun panel discussion after four hours of learning.
Dr Maurice Gleeson MB
Education Ambassador, ISOGG
Using Y-DNA in Your Family Tree Research
The standard DNA test (autosomal DNA) has a reach of about 200-250 years, and may take you back to about 1700-1750. But to get beyond that, you need to consider Y-DNA testing. Y-DNA is passed from father to son (male to male) and is an excellent tool for researching any surname in your family tree (as long as you have a male relative with that surname to test). This talk explores how Y-DNA can be used within the context of a surname project to break thru Brick Walls in your genealogical research, identify the likely point of origin of your surname, and potentially connect you with your deeper "clan" origins (for those with Scottish or Irish surnames).
Maurice Gleeson is Education Ambassador for ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy), a member of the APG, and organizer of Genetic Genealogy Ireland (the annual national conference on DNA & genealogy). He was born in Dublin where he trained as a medical doctor. He is currently a psychiatrist, a pharmaceutical physician, and a part-time actor as well as a genetic genealogist.
Maurice did his first DNA test in 2008 and has never looked back. Now he is administrator of several Surname DNA Projects, including the Gleason, Spearin, Farrell, O'Malley, & Maloney Projects. He also works with adoptees and with people of unknown parentage to help them reconnect with their biological family. In association with this work, he has appeared on Irish TV as a consultant for the TV series Adoption Stories. He authors several blogs (DNA and Family Tree Research, Genetic Genealogy Ireland, and blogs associated with his surname projects) and is a regular contributor to genealogical magazines (Irish Roots, Irish Lives Remembered). His YouTube videos on genetic genealogy are very popular and have won him international recognition (his YouTube channel is called DNA and Family Tree Research).
DNA Testing Advisor
Finding Family with DNA Testing: A Genetic Detective Story
Richard Hill was the first known case of an adoptee finding his biological family through genetic genealogy DNA tests. His success opened the floodgates for adoptees to get around sealed adoption records using the relationship secrets in their own DNA.
Sharing family photos and personal test results, Richard takes you step-by- step through his fascinating story. He shares the actual test reports responsible for his success along with current views of his personal account pages at today’s leading DNA testing companies.
Richard Hill founded the DNA Testing Adviser website, which helps genealogists, adoptees, and others learn more about genetic genealogy. Topics include genealogy, adoptee searches, relationship testing and ethnic ancestry. He shared his entire quest story through his memoir "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA.” He also publishes and periodically updates his "Guide to DNA Testing" as a Kindle Short Book. Both books have been widely praised in the genetic genealogy community.
Richard is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Genealogical Society, the American Adoption Congress and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.
The Mennonite DNA Project
Maximizing Your Use of GEDmatch
GEDmatch has become an increasingly powerful tool for genetic genealogists in recent years. GEDmatch now has genetic profiles of almost one million people in the database, which is increasingly relevant to genealogical research and helpful for breaking through genealogical brick walls. The genetic analysis tools that GEDmatch provides to genealogists are flexible and allow for more accurate genetic analysis of the matching segment data than what other companies provide.
This presentation will highlight the most important features of GEDmatch that every genealogist needs to understand and to use such as the one-to-one, one-to-many, phasing, admixture, triangulation, matching segment search, and Lazarus features. Information about GEDmatch’s new Genesis Project will also be provided.
Tim Janzen has had an interest in genealogical research for 40 years and has particularly been involved in Mennonite genealogical research for the past 20 years. He has a web site that summarizes many different sources available for Mennonite genealogical research found at www.timjanzen.com. Tim has given many presentations about Mennonite genealogy in the United States and Canada. In the past 14 years.
Tim has been 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 www.mennonitedna.com. Tim has a strong interest in many areas of genetic genealogy, particularly in regards to phasing and autosomal DNA analysis. He is a consultant to the genetics company 23andMe as one of their Ancestry Ambassadors. He has also been a consultant for Family Tree DNA, MyHeritage, and Ancestry.com. He periodically gives private genetic genealogy consulting on a case-by-case basis.
Tim is a family practice doctor at South Tabor Family Physicians in Portland, Oregon. He is married to Rachel Janzen and they have 4 children.
Not all matches respond to our emails. Sometimes, we can use the shared DNA information about a match to begin to construct a family tree. How we (and other close relatives) share DNA with each of another cluster of relatives can provide clues as to how our family trees fit together. All you need is the information provided on GEDmatch. This class goes through the basic principles of DNA Tree-building including examples for the attendees to practice.
Devon Noel Lee
Family History Fanatics
Andy Lee is no stranger to the Family History Fanatics eConferences as moderator since 2016. He has the most popular videos on the Family History Fanatics channel because they are based on the hot topic of DNA. Andy strives to simplify the complex science topic so many can understand more about genetic genealogy.
Andy has been an engineer for nearly 20 years, graduating from Texas A&M University. He has worked in the oil & gas and nuclear energy industries. He is the author of DNA Q&A : Real Questions from Real People about DNA.