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Michelle Leonard DNA Seminar

  • 13 Apr 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • via Zoom


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Discover the Power of Your DNA

Presenter: Michelle Leonard

April 13 2023 9AM-2PM PDT

Last day to register:  April 10th!

The seminar offers three one-hour lectures on using the power of DNA to aid in family research:

  • Fundamentals of DNA: Overview for both beginner and experienced genetic genealogists on DNA fundamentals covering Autosomal DNA, Y-DNA and Mitochondrial DNA as well as verifying family tree data, connecting with new cousins and breaking down brick walls·        
  • Organization of DNA Results: Tips and tricks for organizing your DNA results, creating DNA clusters, getting the most of your testing site tools and steering clear of common mistakes and pitfalls.
  • Using DNA in your Family Research: Combining DNA results with family history research to identify connections, case studies to improve understanding of the use of DNA for genealogy and solving mystery relationships.

Based in Scotland, Michelle Leonard is an internationally-known professional genealogist and genetic genealogist who has a wealth of experience in both traditional and genetic genealogy fields and specializes in solving all manner of unknown ancestor mysteries using a combination of DNA results analysis and traditional genealogical research methodologies.  

Michelle is also a freelance researcher, speaker, author and historian. Her company, Genes & Genealogy, specializes in DNA detective work in unknown parentage and adoption as well as verifying and enhancing family trees and teaching others how to use DNA to achieve their family history goals. She also undertakes the creation and teaching of DNA courses, coaching, consultations, traditional family history research, lecturing, webinars, podcasts, historical and television research, media consultancy and article, blog and book writing commissions. Additionally, she is known for her work on the WW1 Fromelles Genealogy Project, is a co-author of 'Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide For Family Historians' published by Pen & Sword Books and is a regular speaker at major global genealogy events such as RootsTech.

Michelle holds an M.A. in English and Modern History from the University of St Andrews and a Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Scottish Genealogy Network (SGN) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). You can follow Michelle on her Genes & Genealogy Facebook page and as @GenealogyLass on X (formerly known as Twitter).

The seminar will be online with lectures available for viewing for three weeks following the presentation for all registrants.  Handout will be sent to all registrants AFTER the event.  

Log in information for Zoom will be sent to registered attendees a few days before the event.  Look for it in your inbox.


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San Mateo, CA 94401-0230


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