Dos and Don’ts of Applying DNA Solutions to Your Family Tree

Dos and Don’ts of Applying DNA Solutions to Your Family Tree

Read the dos and don'ts of applying DNA solutions to your genealogy research, and sign up for the first ever Virtual DNA Conference.

4 Days of DNA Solutions

Discover new tools to apply your DNA results to your genealogy research and expand your family tree in our first Virtual DNA conference, running June 21st – 24th. You’ll discover new applications for your results, as well as tips for resolving conflicts in your research. We’ve compiled a short list of dos and don’ts from the conference to give you a taste of a few of the DNA solutions you’ll learn, below.

Dos and don'ts of applying DNA solutions to genealogy problems

Do use those admixture results

While your ethnicity makeup is an estimate based on a sample population, those regions can still be useful when you’re looking for matches from a specific heritage group, such as Jewish, African, or Native American. And if your parents come from distinct regions, noting your match’s origins can help place them on one side of your family or another.

Do investigate mismatches

If there is a conflict between your DNA test and your paper trail, the first thing you’ll want to do is double-check that you are looking at the right test results. While there can be mistakes in a lab, they are very rare. Once you’ve established there’s a true mismatch, you may want to test additional mutual relatives. DNA doesn’t lie, but people sometimes do.

Do review shared matches

A shared matches tool, available in some form from all the testing companies, shows you matches who share DNA with you and one other match. If you have an unknown-relationship match, you can look for common connections between them and others on your list, which can allow you to narrow down your own common ancestors and exact relationship to each other.

Don’t skip the tree

If you’re looking for matches, having an online tree linked to your results is invaluable. If you’re concerned about privacy, you may want to mark your tree as private. Matches can use your tree to tell you how you’re connected when they contact you. Linking to your DNA test lets you take advantage of the analysis tools your testing company offers.

Don’t miss out on new tools!

We’ll be talking about plenty of tools and strategies in the Virtual DNA Conference. In the keynote, Roberta will highlight her favorite overall tool; plus, she’ll be focusing on the strengths of each vendor and how to combine your results from multiple vendors together to solve your genealogical puzzles. Join us to see which tools those are, and how to use them successfully.

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Your DNA Explained

These lessons are taught through a mixture of live and recorded video presentations by Roberta Estes and others. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions over the course of those four days. Plus, you’ll get to try out the techniques and apply the DNA solutions you’ve learned to your own research. Finally, you’ll be able to download all the materials so you can watch and refer back to them anytime you want.

You’ll love the Virtual DNA Conference if you:

  • Want a workshop that is focused on applying DNA research to your paper trail
  • Wish to learn about more advanced DNA testing strategies and analysis tools
  • Need to resolve conflicts between your research and your DNA
  • Want DNA solutions to break through your brick walls

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • how to use phasing and triangulation in your research
  • real DNA analysis techniques to break down brick walls
  • how to use your DNA results in conjunction with an online family tree
  • how to work with matches that don’t have an online family tree
  • why you may not share the same matches with your mother
  • how to resolve conflicts between your paper and your DNA results

Meet Your Instructor

Roberta Estes founded DNAeXplain in 2004 after Roberta’s own “colorful” family history allowed her to participate in every aspect of DNA testing for genealogy, revealing unexpected surprises. Her genealogy specialty is DNA and southern Colonial records, focused primarily in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Minority records, which reflect her own mixed heritage, are of particular interest, specifically Native Americans, African Americans, and other indentured individuals.

Roberta will be presenting a live keynote presentation on Saturday at 4:30 pm ET, so sign up in advance to hear her talk about her favorite overall DNA tool, along with the best tool at each vendor.

Can’t make the live presentation? Not to worry; we’ll post a recording of it soon after it ends so you can go back to watch it later. Roberta will also be presenting on other phasing and triangulation, and she’ll be around the discussion boards to answer your questions.

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This 4-Day Conference contains:

  • Live keynote and Q&A with Roberta Estes (30 minutes), Saturday June 23rd at 4:30 ET
  • Phasing with Roberta Estes (30 minute video presentation)
  • Triangulation Tools with Roberta Estes (30 minute video presentation)
  • Deep DNA Analysis Tools with Shannon Combs-Bennett (60 minute recorded webinar)
  • DNA Solutions to Real Life Research Problems with Blaine Bettinger (30 minute presentation)
  • DNA Mismatch: Conflicts in Your Family Tree with Blaine Bettinger (30 minute presentation)
  • plus, 4 PDF research guides by expert DNA consultant, Diahan Southard.
  • Discussion boards and more!

That’s a total value of over $300 if purchased separately. You’ll save 50% off the price! Don’t miss out on your chance to learn more DNA solutions to your genealogy problems. Sign up today!

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