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Grow & Organize Your DNA Network

October 19, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Lansing United Church
Poyntz Ave & Beecroft Rd
Toronto, ON M2N 1K4
$95 ($75 for OGS Members)
Toronto Branch OGS
Grow & Organize Your DNA Network @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Workshop: Grow & Organize Your DNA Network with Diahan Southard – Your DNA Guide

Join us for a full day with Diahan Southard “Your DNA Guide” the internationally known speaker who can help you organize your DNA results & contacts, give you an overview of the third party tools you need, and leave you thinking about strategies for using mtDNA and YDNA.

Registration is required. Register now.

(Subject to change without notice)

8:30-9:00 am – Registration

Session 1: 9:15 – 10:15 am:

DNA and Jack Sprat’s Wife (Who Couldn’t Eat Any Lean)
With the advent of autosomal DNA testing, women were catapulted into the limelight, no longer needing to rely so heavily on the men in their life to spit or swab. This lecture will focus on all things female from mtDNA, XDNA, and especially how to use the wives of your ancestors to help identify your autosomal DNA matches.

Session 2: 10:30 – 11:30 am:

Organizing Your DNA Results
Now that you have pages of matches and gobs of new information, how do you keep track of it all? We will spend time going over how to create and track correspondence, organization tools within each testing company, as well as strategies for tracking the genealogy information of your matches, including surnames, locations, and genetic relationships. You are bound to walk out of this lecture with a game plan that you can implement right away.

Session 3: 1:00 – 2:00 pm:

The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite
Come learn basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA verify and extend your pedigree chart, including how to make the most of your YDNA family project.

Session 4: 2:15 – 3:15 pm:

DNA Third Party Tools You Actually Need
When your list of needs for genetic genealogy analysis are not met at your DNA testing company, you may find yourself adrift in the world of Third-Party Tools. All of them are created by innovated, talented genetic genealogists trying to provide better solutions to the problem of analyzing and using your data.

Speaker: Diahan Southard
After getting bitten by the DNA bug as a high school student, Diahan went on to study at Brigham Young University where she earned a bachelors degree in microbiology. she worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, one of the first efforts to create a correlated genetic and genealogical database.

Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position at Your DNA Guide, where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. That means she can take you step by step through any kind of DNA test in a way that you will understand, and even enjoy!

Diahan has been pleased to lecture in many areas including both national and local conferences, from hundreds to handfuls. You will walk away from an interaction with her feeling like she is fun, upbeat, and full of energy. You might also be surprised to leave feeling that you really can do this DNA thing! This is because she has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

Diahan is the author of several quick guides on genetic genealogy, featured writer for Family Tree Magazine, regular contributor to Genealogy Today, as well as many other small writing engagements. Diahan is fresh off the speaker’s podium from RootsTech 2019.

Lansing United Church is located at the corner of Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road, near Yonge and Sheppard in Toronto.

By subway:  Take the Line 1 (Yonge-University) or Line 4 (Sheppard) and exit at Sheppard-Yonge Station.  Walk one block west on Sheppard Avenue to Beecroft Road and two blocks south to Poyntz Avenue.

By car:  Poyntz Avenue is two blocks south of Sheppard Avenue, north of the 401. Lansing United Church is one block west of Yonge Street. On weekends there is some street parking available, and there are three parking lots close by.

Lansing United Church  is wheelchair accessible. For more information about our policies on accessibility, visit our policies page.

For assistance with a specific accommodation request, please send an email message to .