2018 DNA Boot Camp Schedule Announced!

Hack Genealogy announces a new format for the popular DNA Boot Camp webinar series with DNA Expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters, LLC.

DNA Expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters, LLC to Cover Topics Including Interpreting DNA Test Results, Adoptions & DNA and More!

Hack Genealogy announces its 2018 line up of dynamic, online “boot camps” covering various topics related to genetic genealogy and DNA testing. The series, which started on Saturday, January 13, 2018 with Getting Started with DNA and Genealogy, was led by DNA genealogy expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters, LLC. Eberle states: “DNA is a new and exciting tool for genealogy research. It helps us break through brick walls and solve family mysteries. The television shows make it look very simple; but it’s not. To use DNA to its fullest extent, it is important to learn as much as you can about it.” Visit Hack Genealogy at https://hackgenealogy.com for more information or to register for an upcoming DNA Boot Camp.

That’s why Hack Genealogy is proud to offer the 2018 DNA Boot Camp series that provides more in-depth information, tools, and insights on using DNA for family research. Eberle also adds: “You’ll find helpful information in this Boot Camp series on interpreting DNA results from the major DNA testing companies: AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, and 23andMe. Have a family mystery to solve? Learn how to use DNA to solve it using different kinds of DNA. We’ll cover the best tools to investigate your difficult DNA matches—you know, the ones without trees, the ones who don’t respond to you.  There’s also a full presentation on understanding ethnicity estimates so that you can put them to work for you.  We’ll also talk about GEDMatch, a third party tool for finding new matches and exploring your DNA results.  The 2018 new series also has a case study showing the importance of combining DNA and non-DNA evidence to solve an unexpected genealogy mystery.”

The DNA Boot Camp series includes “modules” that can be taken separately or together. Each “live” online session can accommodate up to 200 participants, complete with a question and answer period. We’ll also be recording the videos and selling digital downloads of the videos, along with the handouts. Visit https://hackgenealogy.com/dna-boot-camp-digital-downloads/ for digital downloads of previous DNA Boot Camps.

DNA Boot Camp Topics

Getting Started with DNA and Genealogy
– Saturday, January 13, 2018

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  • Introduction to Using DNA for Genealogy Research: Want to start using DNA for genealogy research but want guidance on the best approach? Received your DNA results and want a better understanding of them? This talk covers DNA basics, available tests, where to test, and how to develop your DNA testing plan.
  • Using Autosomal DNA for Genealogy Research: Autosomal DNA (atDNA) provides the most useful information for most genealogists. Learn how to analyze your atDNA test results and how to find common ancestors with your DNA matches.

Using Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, and X-DNA for Genealogy Research
– Saturday, February 10, 2018

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  • Using Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, and X-DNA for Genealogy Research: Understanding when these types of DNA can help (and when they won’t) is crucial. Learn how these types of DNA can be used to answer your genealogy questions.
  • Case Studies with Hands-on Exercises: Y-DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, and X-DNA can be useful in the right situation. We’ll explore case studies where these types of DNA helped determine relationships between matches, find the birth parent, and more.

Interpreting Your AncestryDNA Results
– Saturday, March 10, 2018

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  • AncestryDNA: AncestryDNA has the largest database of people tested, helpful tools for analyzing your DNA test results, and many family trees posted by people who’ve tested. Learn how to interpret your DNA results from Ancestry.
  • Ancestry DNA Hands-on Exercise: In this hands-on exercise, we’ll go through steps to sort through your matches and makes sense out of them. We’ll also discuss the best way to approach your matches to set the stage for developing a productive relationship with them.

Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results
– Saturday, May 12, 2018

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  • Family Tree DNA: Learn how to navigate your Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) results both on the FTDNA website. This webinar will also provide an overview of the third-party tool, DNAGedcom, and how to use it to analyze your FTDNA results.
  • 23andMe: Learn how to best use your 23andMe results. This webinar covers both the genealogy portion and the health information that 23andMe provides.

Researching Difficult DNA Matches & Understanding Ethnicity Estimates
– Saturday, September 29, 2018

Registration available soon!

  • Best Tools for Researching Difficult DNA Matches: Have a really strong DNA match, but that the person doesn’t even have a name, let alone a tree? This webinar covers both free and subscription-based websites to help your detective work. It also covers the clues that can be used to figure out who matches are, where they’re from, and other important information. These new insights into your mystery can help you figure out your connection to them and place them in your family tree.
  • Understanding Ethnicity Estimates: Think that ethnicity estimates provided by DNA testing don’t help, they’re wrong, or at best, they’re just fun? Learn how and when your client’s ethnicity estimates can be useful. This talk will cover 1) how ethnicity estimates are generated and the ancestral timeframe they reflect; 2) differences between the DNA testing companies; 3) additional tools to further explore ethnicity estimates; and 4) how to identify situations in which they can be very helpful. Several case studies where ethnicity estimates helped solve the genealogy mystery at hand will be covered.

GEDMatch & Combining DNA and Non-DNA Evidence
– Saturday, November 17, 2018

Registration available soon!

  • GEDMatch – Powerful Tools for Analyzing DNA Results and Finding New DNA Matches: GEDMatch is a free, third-party website offering additional tools to interpret your DNA results. Tools include a chromosome browser. GEDMatch accepts DNA test results from DNA testing companies, such as Ancestry, FTDNA, and 23andMe. It can be a great way to find new matches. Learn how to use this helpful website.
  • Case Study: Combining DNA and Non-DNA Evidence: This case study shows the importance of combining DNA and non-DNA evidence to solve an unexpected genealogy mystery. With an extensive tree in hand, it might seem that DNA would only help fill in gaps and breakdown brick walls. However, DNA pruned an entire branch of the client’s tree and uncovered a mystery. DNA—along with census records, family stories, and a pony—helped reconstruct the pruned branch.

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Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.