DNA

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  • Notify me Stephanie Saylor (DNAspecialist@FoundingFamilyLines.com) in advance that you are want to use it, and for what purpose. I made the presentations and diagrams to help people learn about genetic genealogy and would like to know what is helpful.

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General Genetic Genealogy

Presentation:

Help When You Need Somebody

Presentation canceled due to technical difficulties but was scheduled for 19 Sept 2017 for the Utah Genealogical Association’s DNA Interest Group 

This is a presentation that covers where you can go to find people and resources to help with almost any question about genetic genealogy.

  • Handout: Contains links to blogs, websites, YouTube Channels, DNA testing company resources, search resources to locate family trees or additional contact information on your matches, how you can locate groups on Facebook, and in your local area to meet with and some tips for finding a professional genetic genealogist if desired to walk you through some personal training.
  • Survey: Asks audience what tools work best for them. When enough responses are received the results will be posted.

Presentation:

Deciphering DNA’s use in Genetic Genealogy:

Bare Bones Basics for Beginners

How to Test, What to Test, and What it Can Mean, Simplified

Presentation given 24 April 2016 at the South Davis Family History Fair

This is a presentation that covers atDNA, mtDNA, yDNA, xDNA how they work, where you can be tested, some basics about how to navigate your results, and what they can mean, when you test with AncestryDNA FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.

  • % DNA Shared by Relationship Step by Step Mat: Shows how much DNA would be theoretically shared by you and a match for different levels of relationships
  • References: Gives the references for the presentation and handout
  • Handout: Discusses the different testing companies, where you can go to get further information, how to decide what DNA test to take, contains visual aids to explain the different inheritance patterns for atDNA, xDNA, yDNA, and mtDNA, also includes small summaries of ethnicity results, matches, and 3rd party tools.
  • Quiz: On where you could inherit a chromosome from with answers after every question

DDUGG Help aids

Presentation:

Beginning with Basic Biology:

Basic Biology for Genetic Genealogy

Webinar given 21 June 2016 for the Utah Genealogical Association’s DNA Interest Group 
  • Presentation Recording (on UGA’s website)
  • Full Handout: Includes questions based on the biology behind genetic genealogy, their answers and the references for the entire presentation
  • Presentation Questions from Audience: Some Questions that were asked during and after the presentation through the presentation survey
  • Inheritance Activity Directions: Gives the directions to do the inheritance activity that shows how random chance provides variation in our DNA results even without taking recombination into account
  • Inheritance Activity: A game that can be played with a random number generator or a coin to illustrate how random chance provides variation in our DNA results even without taking recombination into account

BBB Help aids

Presentation:

What DNA Can Teach You

Webinar given 21 March 2017 for UGA Special Interest Group
 Presentation to be given 14 October 2017 for the Eastern Idaho Family History Conference

Learn how genetic genealogy can provide additional documentation on your ancestors by expanding your family history toolbox to eliminate your brink walls. This class focuses on some basics on different DNA tests and giving reasonable expectations on how long and involved your research can be depending on your learning curve, research question, and type of DNA implemented.

  • Handout: Includes why DNA testing is useful and how it can help with your research, descriptions of what atDNA, xDNA, yDNA, and mtDNA can be used for, and goes over simple definitions to several terms: genealogical time frame, recombination, and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP).

Presentation:

Making a Plan for DNA Testing

Presentation to be given 14 October 2017 for the Eastern Idaho Family History Conference

A discussion based class on how to make plans for your genetic genealogy research based on your goals. This class will begin with some basic information on the different DNA tests to allow those who have not yet done DNA testing and those who have been doing Genetic genealogy research to participate actively together. Bring your laptop, research, and experience with traditional and genetic genealogy to brainstorm with the class on the multiple paths to solve your specific genealogical difficulties.

  • Handout: Includes letter as to why DNA testing is useful and how it can help with your research, descriptions of what atDNA, xDNA, yDNA, and mtDNA can be used for, and goes over simple definitions to several terms: genealogical time frame, recombination, and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP).

Presentation:

Finding Haplogroup Happiness

Presentation given 22 April 2017 at the South Davis Family History Fair

Description: Haplogroups can be more than a haphazard aid in your research. Come see several examples of how haplogroups can cut your research time into a heavenly half. We will be looking at simple ways to incorporate haplogroups into your personal research style.Preview the Handout.

Presentation:

Take 2!

Presentation given 22 April 2017 at the South Davis Family History Fair

Description: Take a tour of 2 sites that expand what you can do with your genetic genealogy. GEDmatch has wonderful tools to further your genetic genealogy research. Promethease allows you to pull up information from your raw data on medical and other implications of your DNA results. Preview the Handout.

Presentation:

Question and Answer Session

Held 16 May 2017 for the Utah Genealogical Association’s DNA Interest Group 

Description: Join us for our DNA Special Interest Group Meeting where you bring a question and we work to help you answer it, as a group. This meeting via GoToWebinar will not  be recorded as we will have no formal presentation. Please register to attend at UGAgenealogy.org on the DNA Interest Group page after logging in.

Short Instructions and Study Aids

  • How to make a Private Unsearchable Family Tree Directions: While sharing records is essential for genealogists to further their research sometimes it is important to keep your research from being public, such as when you are working on research that someone wants to have kept confidential or you are looking for an adoptee’s parents and do not want to scare off their relatives.
  • What you can do when your matches do not contact you (Coming soon)

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Autosomal DNA 

Presentation:

Automatically Autosomal:

The Default Test in Genetic Genealogy

Webinar given 26 July 2016 for the Utah Genealogical Association’s DNA Interest Group 
  • Presentation Recording (on UGA’s website)
  • Worksheet: Includes worksheet, answer guide, and references for the presentation Automatically Autosomal
  • Research Log and Match Data Spreadsheet for Excel: I make my spreadsheets based on the question that I am trying to solve in my genealogy but this is a template that can be edited to suit your needs based on the processes that you want to use in solving your mysteries

Help aids

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Short Instructions and Study Aids

  • atDNA Inheritance Presentation: Walks through how to calculate the amount of DNA that would be shared between 2 relatives or inherited from a relative
  • Ethnicity Evaluation Directions: How to create an ethnicity profile for yourself and your match (using data from 23andMe and AncestryDNA), track the information and navigate 23andMe’s Ethnicity Browser
  • Paternal and Maternal Labels on 23andMe: How to Label your 23andMe matches in DNA Relatives and sort your matches by if they are on your mother or father’s side of the family
  • Directions on uploading data to myHerritage (Coming soon)
  • Tracking your atDNA information (Coming soon)
  • Resources  that can help you learn more about atDNA. This includes: tools, databases, and scientific papers
  • Cryptic Distant Relatives Are Common in Both Isolated and Cosmopolitan Genetic Samples: A great paper with 2 things any genetic genealogist should know and understand. You can find this paper on 23andMe’s list of publications “For the Scientific Community.”
    • Figure 3A: Is a skewed graph but illustrates the grouping of different relationships based on the number of segments and the amount of DNA (in cM) shared. It is good to notice that the more distant the relationship the more overlap you see between different levels of cousinship.
    • Table 2: The third column to the right depicts the % chance of matching your real cousin’s DNA. After 2nd cousins the chances of sharing DNA with your real cousin drops below 90%. After 3rd cousins it drops below 50%. The last 2 columns shows why distant cousin matches are more likely then close matches. It depicts the expected number of matches at different levels of cousinship. There are a lot more 7th great grandparents to descend from and thus more descendants of those ancestors to possibly match than 1st great grandparents.

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yDNA

Presentation:

What, When, and Why the Y

Webinar given 16 August 2016 for the Utah Genealogical Association’s DNA Interest Group 

Presentation gives a brief outline of what yDNA is some instances of when you can use it and Why you need to know about it.

  • Presentation Recording (on UGA’s website)
  • Worksheet Includes worksheet, answer guide, and references for the presentation “What, When, and Why, the Y”
  • Brothers yDNA MRCA: Outlines finding the possible number of generations to MRCA for your Y-STR match
  • Brothers yDNA Mapping: Provides practice in mapping out the possible Y-STR profiles of your ancestors to find a batter reference to use in your Y-STR research
  • Direct Male Descendant PowerPoint Chart: You can map out who you tested and their results using this chart (matching the chart I used in the Brothers yDNA examples), a pedigree chart, or any other method you choose that woks for you and how you can see the data come together. I do recommend using a chart like this or other visualization method to map out who you have tested, and their mutations, to organize your thoughts and the people you have tested and are matching’s relationships in reference to a single person.

yDNA Picture

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xDNA

Presentation:

Buried at X:

How xDNA Can Lead Us to Genealogical Treasure

Webinar given 17 October 2016 for the Utah Genealogical Association’s DNA Interest Group 

Presentation gives a brief outline of what xDNA is including how it is tested, what effects its mutation and recombination have on research, and how its selective inheritance can be used with atDNA  to reduce the amount of work involved in genealogical testing. Also includes a step by step example of how to reason though using xDNA to answer a question on GEDmatch.

  • Handout: is a worksheet with questions, detailed answers, references, and resources that are useful when working with xDNA

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mtDNA

Presentation:

How I Might Use Mitochondrial DNA

Webinar given 21 November 2016 for the Utah Genealogical Association’s DNA Interest Group 

Presentation gives some basics of using mtDNA in Genetic Genealogy including how a maternal haplogroup can augment your research, and what you can expect from matches

  • Handout: is a worksheet with questions, detailed answers, references, and resources that are useful in understanding when mtDNA can help move forward your research.

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 Up-Coming Events 

 

 The differences between genetic genealogy and traditional genealogy

14 November 2017
Presentation focuses on the differences between traditional genealogy and genetic genealogy by exploring similarities between the two, and discussing the fundamental nature of genetic genealogy. Handout.

 

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