Upcoming LIVE DNA Boot Camp Events

2019 DNA Boot Camp Schedule

 

The download/recorded version of the Getting Started with DNA and Genealogy Boot Camp with DNA expert Mary Eberle is now available for purchase at Hack Genealogy.

Getting Started with DNA and Genealogy

Saturday, January 19, 2018
Registration available soon!

Have you taken one or more DNA test, but really haven’t made an effort to start using the information for genealogy research? Also, are you sure you used the right type of DNA test or the best DNA testing vendor?

Lately, so much has changed in the DNA landscape. If one of your genealogy goals is to really “up your DNA genealogy game” and make a solid commitment to using DNA and connect with other testers then the Getting Started with DNA and Genealogy Boot Camp is for you!  The first webinar provides an introduction to DNA testing.  The second webinar focuses on using autosomal DNA for genealogical research.

Join DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters for over 3 hours of webinars PLUS some amazing handouts!

  • 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 valuable information for most genealogists. It covers all branches of your family tree back 5-8 (or even more) generations. Learn how to analyze your atDNA test results and how to find common ancestors with your DNA matches.

 

GEDMatch and Best Tools for Researching Difficult DNA Matches Boot Camp

GEDMatch and Best Tools for Researching Difficult DNA Matches

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Registration available soon!

The GEDMatch and Best Tools for Researching Difficult DNA Matches Boot Camp is designed for people who’ve already tested but who want to do more with their DNA test results.  The first webinar covers the website, GEDMatch, which has been in the news lately.  It’s a free genealogical website that can help with your research.  The second webinar covers ways of determining who your matches are—even if they don’t respond to your emails or messages.

Join DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters for over 3 hours of webinars PLUS some amazing handouts!

  • 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.
  • Best Tools for Researching Difficult DNA Matches: Have DNA matches, but no names, let alone trees? Oftentimes, their identities can be found, and your family’s connection to them! Learn about clues to figure out who they are and other important information. DNA testing companies provide many clues. Explore resources to investigate your DNA matches, including free and subscription-based websites.

 

X-DNA for Genealogical Research

X-DNA for Genealogical Research

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Registration available soon!

X-DNA can be mysterious since no company sells a stand-alone X-DNA test.  Instead, it’s included with autosomal DNA tests.  Another reason that it can be mysterious is because of its unique inheritance pattern.  With the X-DNA for Genealogical Research Boot Camp you’ll learn how and when X-DNA can help your genealogical research.

Join DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters for over 3 hours of webinars PLUS some amazing handouts!

  • X-DNA for Genealogical Research: What is X-DNA and when can it help answer research questions? Know where to find your X-DNA matches. Understand how men and women differently inherit X-DNA. This will unleash the power of X-DNA.
  • Case Studies with X-DNA: We’ll explore several examples where X-DNA provided crucial information to answer the research question.  Each example includes the steps needed to find the X-DNA shared with the match(es).  We’ll also discuss how the relevant family tree branches were identified, as well as the conclusions that were drawn.

 

Genetic Networks—Making Sense of Your DNA Matches

Genetic Networks—Making Sense of Your DNA Matches

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Registration available soon!

Overwhelmed by all of your DNA matches? The Genetic Networks—Making Sense of Your DNA Matches mini-DNA Boot Camp covers genetic networks.  They can be used to organize your matches and make sense of them.

Join DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters for this 90-minute webinar PLUS some amazing handouts!

  • Genetic Networks – Making Sense of Your DNA Matches: You’ve tested your DNA. Now you have thousands of matches. Learn how to organize them into genetic networks. Use them to find surnames, locations, and ethnicities shared with your matches. Several examples will be discussed to show how genetic networks help determine how your matches are related to you.

 

Ethical Issues of DNA Testing

Ethical Issues of DNA Testing

Saturday, June 8, 2019
Registration available soon!

Feeling uncertain about DNA testing and what it can reveal?  Trying to get family members to test, but getting resistance?  Watching TV only to see that genealogical databases are being used to find criminal suspects?  Now what?  The Ethical Issues of DNA Testing mini-DNA Boot Camp covers ethical issues surrounding DNA testing.  We’ll examine these issues to better equip you to address them.

Join DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters for this 90-minute webinar PLUS some amazing handouts!

  • Ethical Issues of DNA Testing: We’ll explore ethical issue surrounding DNA testing, including discovering family secrets, tracing diseases in families, and using genealogical databases for law enforcement. Learn about informed consent and strategies for addressing these issues.

 

What's New in DNA Tools

What’s New in DNA Tools

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Registration available soon!

There is an explosion of DNA tools for delving into your DNA test results.  In the first webinar of the What’s New in DNA Tools DNA Boot Camp, we’ll review many tools so you can be informed about what’s available.  The second webinar examines one tool, DNA Painter’s Profile tool, in detail.  Profile lets you paint your chromosomes with your ancestors.  Not only is this fun (and highly addicting), but it can help in genealogical research!

Join DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters for over 3 hours of webinars PLUS some amazing handouts!

  • What’s New in DNA Tools: Come explore new tools to analyze your DNA test results: several DNA Painter’s tools, the Leeds method for sorting DNA matches, GEDMatch, DNA Client from DNAGedcom.com for downloading DNA match information into spreadsheets. These tools provide new ways of analyzing DNA test results to maximize your DNA test results.
  • Painting Your Chromosomes with Your Ancestors: Explore a new tool for painting your chromosomes: DNA Painter. You input DNA segments and ancestors shared with your matches. This information is displayed on your chromosomes in a colorful picture showing which DNA segments you inherited from your specific ancestors. Sharing the picture with new DNA matches helps pinpoint your common ancestors.

 

The download/recorded version of the Finding Birth Families with DNA Boot Camp is now available for purchase at Hack Genealogy.

Finding Birth Families Using DNA

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Registration available soon!

Adoption and unknown (or mis-attributed) parentage events—whether recent or in the past—can challenge genealogists. DNA can be a powerful tool for finding birth families. The first webinar will cover techniques and resources for this work.  The second webinar will explore two case studies.

This online education event is intended for people searching for their own biological parents and those with parents or ancestors who were adopted or otherwise have unknown parents. Join DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters for over 3 hours of recorded webinars PLUS some amazing handouts with Finding Birth Families Using DNA Boot Camp!

  • Using DNA for Adoption & Unknown Parentage Work: Every day, adoptees and others with unknown parents, such as foundlings and donor-conceived individuals find their birth families with DNA testing. To start, cousins are typically found through DNA testing. From this, the cousins’ family trees are examined for ancestors shared by multiple cousins. Family trees of the shared ancestors are built forward in time with the goal of finding the birth parent, grandparent, or other person of interest.
  • Adoption & Unknown Parentage Case Studies: This webinar describes two case studies of using DNA to find birth parents. Learn the steps required for each case.

 

The download/recorded version of the Interpreting Your AncestryDNA Results Boot Camp with DNA expert Mary Eberle is now available for purchase at Hack Genealogy.

Interpreting Your AncestryDNA Results

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Registration available soon!

Have you received your AncestryDNA results? Are you confused not only by what they mean, but how to use them as part of your genealogy research? To be honest, I’m in the same boat! I tested back when the AncestryDNA test was in “beta” testing, and I really haven’t put the results to use. I really want to not only understand my ethnic breakdown but also how to make the results part of my family history research.

Join DNA expert Mary Eberle of DNA Hunters for over 3 hours of recorded webinars PLUS some amazing handouts with Interpreting Your AncestryDNA Results Boot Camp!

  • 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 Case Study: In this case study, we’ll go through one person’s AncestryDNA test results. We’ll delve into the steps to sort through his matches and make sense of them.  You’ll see the progress and discoveries made in his family tree—all guided by his and his family’s DNA test results.

 

Having you taken a FTDNA or 23andMe test? Join DNA expert Mary Eberle for Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results Boot Camp on Saturday, May 12, 2018

Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results

Saturday, November 23, 2019
Registration available soon!

Have you tested your DNA with Family Tree DNA or 23andMe and received your results? Are you confused not only by what they mean, but how to use them as part of your genealogy research? And if you’ve tested with AncestryDNA or another company, why are the results somewhat different? Plus, if you’ve taken the Health part of the 23andMe test, what can you do with the results? There’s so much to learn with DNA testing and genetic genealogy. Right?

Interpreting Your FTDNA and 23andMe Results Boot Camp is probably the perfect way to learn how to put those test results to work in your genealogy research. Join DNA expert Mary Eberle for over 3 hours of recorded webinars PLUS some amazing handouts!

  • Family Tree DNA: Learn how to navigate your autosomal results from FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA). We’ll cover how to determine how much DNA is shared with matches and whether you’re really an X-DNA match. We’ll also explore FTDNA’s chromosome browser and matrix feature.
  • 23andMe: Learn how understand your 23andMe results. This webinar covers both 23andMe’s Ancestry (genealogy) and the health kits. 23andMe has unique genealogical features, like mitochondrial and Y-haplogroups, matches’ ethnicity percentages, and your ethnicity on a chromosome-by-chromosome view.

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