DNA Testing & Genetic Genealogy Education

Educational Resources

Understanding DNA testing and genetic genealogy can make your experience a whole lot easier and more successful.  There can be a steep learning curve for understanding the concepts, but once you grasp the basics, everything else becomes easier.  Take it slowly, and little by little you’ll understand and remember more, often without realising it!

If you’re excited or surprised by your DNA results and want to know ‘why?’ and learn more about genetic genealogy and how to apply it to your research – below are some learning resources that anyone with internet access can explore from anywhere.

Basics

  • ISOGG Wiki (International Society of Genetic Genealogy – Wiki)

Attend Conferences, Presentations & Courses

  • Rootstech is an annual genealogy conference in Salt Lake City, USA, and London UK.  Due to Covid-19, Rootstech Connect 2021 was all free and virtual, with recordings of all sessions are available online for one year – including 96 DNA presentations!
  • MyHeritage Live – usually held in October or November each year.
  • Family Tree DNA administrators’ annual conference.

Virtual Conferences, Presentations & Courses

  • Legacy Family Tree Webinars – many are free for the first week after being presented live; consider subscribing so you can watch every DNA presentation and course.

DNA Testing Company Resources

Read Books

Follow Blogs

There are many genetic genealogy blogs you can follow – some are only updated occasionally, others post many times each week.

User Groups & Forums

Facebook has become the most popular platform for genetic genealogy user groups and support forums.  You need a Facebook account to join DNA groups, but that doesn’t mean you have to use the personal profile side of Facebook if you don’t want to.  It is worth joining Facebook just to participate in DNA group discussions, to keep up with all the latest genetic genealogy community and industry news, topics, issues & blog posts, and to ask questions about DNA testing.

Memberships

  • DNA Interest Groups – look for a DNA special interest group run by your local family history group or society, or your state genealogical society.

DNA Consultations

  • If you don’t know how to start with DNA testing, or you have tried making sense of your DNA results and discovered that it is not as easy as it looks, consider a DNA results review or personalised coaching from me by booking an online DNA consultation.

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