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2018 Genetic Genealogy: Link Through DNA
ONLINE Conference for Genetic Genealogists
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Live Streaming on Thursday, May 31, 2018
8:30 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (Los Angeles)
Archive recordings available until July 31, 2018

These presentations are available separately or as a 6-session package.  You must register for each session that you want to watch and pay the required fee. If you opt for the 6-session package you will not have to register for each individual session separately. The individual session price is $20. The 6-session package is $99. Online registration entitles you to watch the session(s) live, plus have access to watch the recorded archive(s) until July 31, 2018. The archives will be available for viewing within 24 hours after their original live broadcast. (Please note that concurrent logins are not allowed; if someone else uses your login credentials you will be logged out automatically.) Each session has its own viewing page which can be accessed by clicking the appropriate "watch" link below.

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Thursday May 31 Broadcast Schedule


6-Session Package
TH005, TH010, TH015, TH020, TH025, TH029
Special Price: $99
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM PDT

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Choose this package to register for ALL 6 sessions at a discounted price! Also included with this package is a digital version of the syllabus for the 6 online sessions.

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Paul Woodbury
TH005 / Level: All / $20
From Chance to Design: Planning for Successful Genetic Genealogy Research
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PDT

Some are fortunate in their genetic genealogy exploration. They take a test and their matches immediately solve their research objective. For the other 99% of us, achieving proof requires more effort. In this class, learn how to design genetic genealogy research to test hypotheses, obtain sufficient data, and achieve genealogical proof through soundly reasoned conclusions.

Paul Woodbury is a graduate of BYU where he studied genetics and genealogy. He also has a master’s degree in instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah. Woodbury currently works as a senior researcher at Legacy Tree Genealogists. He specializes in genetic genealogy, but also loves French, Spanish, Italian and Scandinavian genealogy. He researches and presents regularly in these fields and loves to share his knowledge with his students and clients.


Leah Larkin, PhD
TH010 / Level: ALL / $20
When Your Tree Is a Banyan: Untangling Endogamy in Your Family History
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Endogamy is the practice of marrying within a defined group. After many generations, group members are related multiple times, and the connections often pre-date documentation. Endogamy complicates genetic genealogy. This talk will address tools and techniques for detecting endogamy and for separating signal from noise in your autosomal matches.

Leah Larkin earned a PhD from The University of Texas in Austin for research using DNA to study species relationships. Adapting that scientific skill set to genetic genealogy has become a passion. She focuses on general education in the field, new methods for unknown parentage searches and—as a Louisiana Cajun—best practices for working with endogamous groups. Larkin has been the editor of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy since 2016 and blogs at


Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
TH015 / Level: I,A / $20
Using Y-DNA Testing for Advanced Genealogical Problem Solving
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT

This lecture discusses the use of Y-DNA testing for genealogical problem solving and presents several case studies showing the practical application of this form of DNA within the Genealogical Proof Standard.

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range, including German, Pennsylvania, genetic genealogy, and much more.


Tim Janzen, MD
TH020 / Level: I, A / $20
Getting the Most from Your Autosomal DNA Test Results
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT

This presentation will highlight the most significant features of use to genetic genealogists found in these four DNA products:’s AncestryDNA test, 23andMe's test, Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder, and MyHeritage’s DNA test. In addition, I will describe advances in whole genome sequencing and will explain how you can use whole genome sequence results for genealogical purposes.

Tim Janzen is a medical doctor in Portland, Oregon. For the past 12 years he has been using DNA analysis to help complement traditional genealogical research. Glenn Penner and he are the co-administrators of the Mennonite DNA project at Tim has a strong interest in many areas of genetic genealogy, particularly in regards to phasing and autosomal DNA analysis. Dr. Janzen speaks frequently on this topic.


Angie Bush, MS
TH025 / Level: I,A / $20
DNA Testing and Mirror Trees
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

"Mirror Trees" are a tool discussed in many online genetic genealogy groups. Learn what mirror trees are, why they were developed and other tools that you can use to determine how you might connect to your DNA matches.

Angie Bush, MS is the Region 1 Director for the National Genealogical Society, and a full-time senior genealogist researcher with AncestryProGenealogists in Salt Lake City. Angie has been interested in her genealogy since she was very young. Although she spends much of her time working on recent unknown parentage cases, her favorite type of research involves breaking through decades-old “brick walls” using a combination of traditional records and genetic evidence.


Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD
TH029 / Level: I / $20
Shared Matches and Genetic Networks
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT

Shared matches and ICW are the most powerful tools that DNA testing companies provide, yet they are underutilized and misunderstood. Together we will look at some of the ways to take advantage of these tools to work with our matches and break through brick walls.

Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD, is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist and the books Genetic Genealogy in Practice and The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

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