Learn about DNA and genealogy: Genetic genealogy webinars

Genetic genealogy is one of the most quickly advancing areas of genealogy. It is truly amazing how much more researchers can learn about their family history with these exciting new tools.

Understanding DNA and genealogy can seem challenging, but it's well worth a little study.

If you're brand new, or want a refresh of the core concepts, read our article 7 resources to get you started with genetic genealogy

We also have three recorded webinars on genetic genealogy, which NYG&B members can access on demand in our webinar library, including a great new presentation from The Genetic Genealogist, Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Live webinars are free and open to the public, but only NYG&B members have access to recorded webinars - one of the many benefits of NYG&B memership

Read on for short descrptions of our genetic genealog webinars, which will be useful for everyone from beginners to advanced researchers:


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Should You Add DNA Testing to Your Genealogy Toolbox? 

Presented by Skip Duett, Professional Genealogist

You can’t escape the advertising.  Should you be wearing a kilt or lederhosen?  Is genetic genealogy (DNA testing) a passing fad?

This presentation will provide you with a basic overview of DNA testing for genealogy, covering the principal tests available, how the testing is performed, the three major testing companies, and give you a better understanding of the risks and rewards involved. 

The presentation will introduce you to DNA testing and provide a foundation for further study and skill building in genetic genealogy. 

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Integrating DNA with Family History

Presented by Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist, MyHeritage

Daniel Horowitz has developed a new DNA Matching service that enables those who have been tested through different services to enjoy MyHeritage’s exceptional matching capabilities for their family history research.

Join him as he outlines the exciting features of this new service, and explores the general approach to integrating DNA with your family history research. 

This is an excellent introductory webinar to DNA and family history.

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Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries

There are many uses for autosomal DNA, but one of the most important uses for genealogists is the ability to solve eighteenth and nineteenth-century mysteries on your family tree. This webinar focuses on using autosomal DNA for this purpose. 

Autosomal DNA is distinct from other types of DNA commonly used for genealogy, such as Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA - it can be used to make some amazing breakthroughs. 

This webinar will teach you all about autosomal DNA, the genetic inheritance of autosomal DNA, and how to use results from autosomal DNA genealogy testing to find more family members and solve long-lasting family history mysteries. 

Blaine is one of the world's leading authorities on genetic genealogy - don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from a true expert. 


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