DNA Webinars

AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and GedMatch Webinars

We have the following webinars for sale on this page (scroll down):

  • While Waiting for Your Autosomal Test Results 
  • AncestryDNA Beginnings

  • Beginning Working with Your AncestryDNA Matches

  • Sifting Through Your AncestryDNA Matches

  • FamilyTreeDNA

  • GedMatch 1

  • GedMatch 2–Tier 1 Functions

Preparing for Your Autosomal DNA Results-Webinar

This hour-long presentation will present a brief overview of what autosomal DNA results are and are not. These are the tests that are done at AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA, and 23andMe. Effective use of your results is easiest to do if pre-planning is done beforehand. This presentation will also help those who have not really delved into their results or feel they need to regroup their analytical process.  Discussion will include determining what problems your results can potentially answer, goal-setting, preparing for sifting through your results, generalized sifting strategies, locating as many ancestral descendants as possible, reasons why you have to work on the people who aren’t your problem people, and more as time allows.

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Please note: I am not employed by Ancestry.com and these presentations are not endorsed nor sponsored by Ancestry.com. 

AncestryDNA Beginnings

This hour-long presentation covers the basics of working with DNA matches at AncestryDNA, including:

  • ethnicity estimate–briefly
  • communities–briefly
  • circles–briefly
  • matches

An overview of working with your matches, interpreting them, understanding them, analyzing them and organizing them is presented. Challenges of working with treeless matches, matches with incomplete trees, people who don’t respond, etc. are also discussed. This is a practical how-to session that also includes an overview of DNA and inheritance sufficient to work with the AnestryDNA results without being overwhelming. Comments included:

it was a very helpful overview and I appreciated the tips

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Beginning Working with Your AncestryDNA Matches

This webinar focused solely on using, interpreting, and understanding AncestryDNA matches.

We will not discuss the ethnic “pie” on AncestryDNA and it is assumed attendees understand that siblings do not share all their DNA and may have different “ethnic percents” from each other.

The “Working With Your AncestryDNA Matches” session builds on my “AncestryDNA Beginnings” webinar. Those who have not worked with their DNA matches at Ancestry.com and are unfamiliar with DNA results may benefit from viewing that presentation.

We will see in “Working With Your AncestryDNA Matches” how to download the matches so your work with them can be tracked and analyzed, preventing “going in circles” when using your matches,” how to develop strategies to figure out “how matches are related” (as best as can be done), how to download your actual DNA data so that it can be uploaded to other sites, problem-solving with the DNA matches, and more (within hour long time frame). Practical examples will be demonstrated. We will be technical enough to explain things but not so much as to overwhelm.

Sifting Through Your AncestryDNA Matches–Followup to “Working with AncestryDNA Matches”

This session assumes listeners/attendees have a basic understanding of what AncestryDNA offers, how to navigate their AncestryDNA matches, how to track working with their matches, what shared matches are and are not, and have already done some work with with their AncestryDNA matches–at least having worked through their first/second cousins matches at least once to determine connections where possible. If you have not yet played with your matches, this session is not for you. The basics of the system are not covered in this session. This is a session focused on research methodology and more advanced working through the matches.

In this session we will work through several extended examples based on Michael’s own research. This will include a relatively straightforward example,  families that have multiple relationships, and families from areas where “they’ve lived there for hundreds of years” and the shared relationships are distant and unknown. The importance of sifting out (where possible) and tracking will be emphasized. Our focus is on process and analysis–not in making you a geneticist. 



This presentation will discuss the basics of the “Family Finder” on the FamilyTreeDNA website. You can upload autosomal test results from other companies for use and comparison with other matches at FamilyTreeDNA. This presentation will discuss:

  • working with matches
  • filters this site gives users and ways to use those filters
  • chromosome browsing
  • downloading results–all results and filtered results
  • what to include in your optional GEDCOM file upload and reasons to upload it

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GedMatch.com Webinar 1

I’ve just finished my first webinar on Using GedMatch.com to analyze your DNA results. This is a recorded copy of the presentation.

Discussion included:

  • overview of GedMatch
  • why you should use GedMatch
  • basic GedMatch DNA analysis tools-free ones only
  • one-to-many matches
  • one-to-one compare
  • matching 1 or 2 tests
  • downloading reports
  • matrix comparisons
  • segment matrix

Basic DNA terminology is not a part of this presentation. Focus is on being practical–presentation is down-to-earth and easy to understand.

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GedMatch.com Webinar 2–the Tier 1 Functions

Tier 1 Options on GedMatch

This presentation will focus on an overview of the Tier 1 search options of GedMatch. Tier 1 is the “fee-based” part of GedMatch–it costs $10 a month and helps support the free portions of the site. GedMatch allows you to “see more” of your DNA and analyze it in ways that simply are not possible on AncestryDNA and some of the other sites.

We will look at the:

  • One-to-many matches
  • Matching segment search
  • Relationship Tree Projection
  • Lazarus
  • Triangulation

Our focus will be on interpreting the results and using them for continuing your genealogical research. A basic understanding of DNA is required. You do not need to be a “Tier 1” member of GedMatch to participate. Our approach is practical, easy-to-understand, and engaging.

The grid shows the “matching segment search.”

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