Olympia Genealogical Society

OGS Spring Seminar 2022

DNA: Today's Matchmaker

Diahan Southard, CG
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Presented by Diahan Southard
"Save the Date!" poster (8-1/2 x 11 pdf)
Printable 1-page flyer (8-1/2 x 11 pdf)
Cost (includes all four presentations):
-- $40 per person (OGS members)
-- $50 per person (non-members)
-- On-line registration only.
  OGS Member Registration
  (Requires member login)
  Non-Member Registration
-- Registration closes 5:00 PM PDT, Thu, April 7.
Seminar Program Outline (Program details)
-- Five Tips To Make Sense of Your DNA Testing
-- No Tree? No Problem!
-- Your DNA Match List -- Overcome the Overwhelm by Organizing Them
-- Ask The Wife! A DNA Analysis Strategy
Questions: Email us at Events@OlyGenSoc.org


Seminar Program:

Five Tips To Make Sense of Your DNA Testing -- So you have had your autosomal DNA tested: now what?! Come learn in 45 minutes what would take you hours to read about online, and leave armed with enough information to start making your DNA work for you.
No Tree? No Problem! -- One of the most frustrating things about genetic genealogy is to recognize that you have a good DNA match that just might be able to help you break down your brick wall, only to realize they haven’t posted any family tree information. Come learn some best practices for identifying your best DNA matches, as well as super-sleuthing skills to help you track down the family tree for that all-important DNA match.
Your DNA Match List -- Overcome the Overwhelm by Organizing Them -- Organizing your DNA matches into genetic networks puts matches onto branches of your tree and prepares you to find missing ancestors. Learn how!
Ask The Wife! A DNA Analysis Strategy -- 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.


Diahan Southard
Diahan Southard is a leading voice for consumer DNA testing from her position as Founder of Your DNA Guide. Diahan teaches internationally, consults with leading testing companies and forensics experts. Southard's company, Your DNA Guide (YourDNAGuide.com), deploys a team of scientists who provide one-on-one genetic genealogy education and research services. You will walk away from an interaction with her enlightened and motivated as she has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

Detailed Agenda:

08:30 - 08:45 Attendees enter the first Zoom meeting with the first link
08:45 - 09:00
General Announcements and Introduction
09:00 - 10:00
Presentation: Five Tips To Make Sense of Your DNA Testing
10:00 - 10:30
10:15 - 10:30 Attendees enter the second Zoom meeting with the second link
10:30 - 11:30
Presentation: No Tree? No Problem!
11:30 - 12:30
Lunch break
12:00 - 12:30 Attendees enter the third Zoom meeting with the third link; time for some questions for the speaker
12:30 - 01:30
Presentation: Your DNA Match List -- Overcome the Overwhelm by Organizing Them
01:30 - 02:00
01:45 - 02:00 Attendees enter the fourth Zoom meeting with the fourth link
02:00 - 03:00
Presentation: Ask The Wife! A DNA Analysis Strategy
03:00 - 03:15 Final Thoughts and Q&A
Each of the four above presentations will be set up as a separate Zoom meeting. The day before the webinar each registered attendee will receive an email with a Zoom link and a link to the syllabus for each of the four separate sessions (a total of eight links).
During the webinar, participants will be able to ask questions by typing them in a "chat box". Time permitting, questions submitted by participants will be read by a moderator for Diahan's response at the end of each presentation.
A recording of each presentation will be available on-line for registrants for five days following this webinar.

"Door Prizes"

During the live event, OGS expects to award a number of "door prizes". As of 11 Jan 2022, the prizes listed below have been confirmed. This list will be updated as additional prizes are confirmed, but this already is the greatest number of door prizes ever offered at an OGS Seminar so your chances of winning something are better than ever!
  • Diahan Southard’s book Your DNA Guide
  • One-year free membership in Olympia Genealogical Society
  • Free registration to Olympia Genealogical Society 2023 Spring Seminar
  • FamilyTreeMaker downloadable software (FTM 2019)
  • Legacy Family Tree Webinars subscription
  • Legacy Family Tree software
  • Roots Magic 8 genealogy software
  • Family Roots Publishing Co. (Leland Meitzler) -- All 5 volumes of Census Substitutes & State Census Records, 3rd Edition - updated 2021.
  • GenealogyBank annual subscription (2)
  • FindMyPast 12-Month Ultimate subscription and 1-Month Ultimate subscription
  • MyHeritage Complete account
  • MyHeritage DNA kit
  • Gaylord Archival My Family History Kit
  • AncestryDNA kit
  • Ancestry World Explorer subscription
  • And more in the works!
OGS sincerely thanks all those who contributed the above!

Information for Registered Attendees:

In preparation for the OGS Spring Seminar 2022, we encourage you to do the following:
  1. Zoom app -- If you don't already have it, download the free Zoom app to your desktop computer or laptop at https://zoom.us/download (Zoom Client for Meetings).  We strongly recommend that you use a desktop computer, laptop, or iPad/tablet with a large screen for better viewing.  If you will be using iPad or iPhone, download “Zoom Cloud Meetings” from the App Store.  For Android devices, download the app from Google Play. 
  2. Speakers/Headphones -- You must have speakers or headphones to hear the presenter. 
  3. Webcam -- Not needed for the April 9 sessions.
  4. Microphone – If you have a microphone, it will be muted during the sessions. However, during the lunch break you will need a microphone if you would like to ask questions of the speaker, just like you could at an in-person event.
  5. Training/Orientation
    1. You can learn how to participate in a Zoom meeting by viewing "Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E. If you haven’t used Zoom previously, after you download the app, try it out by having a virtual visit with friends using Zoom!
    2. Spend some time familiarizing yourself the chat feature in Zoom; that is where you will post any questions during each session.  The chat and microphone features will be reviewed prior to the start of the seminar.  At the end of each presentation, Rick will be happy to answer questions as time permits.  You’ll be able to type in your questions in the chat box.  Your questions will be asked and answered at the end of each presentation.
On Friday, April 8, 2022 you’ll receive another email from us with a detailed schedule for the four presentations on Saturday along with a Zoom link and a link to the syllabus for each of the four separate sessions (a total of eight links).  We recommend that participants download and print each syllabus in advance.  The Zoom links will have an embedded password.  The first Zoom session will open for attendees at 8:30 am.  The last session will end at about 3:00 pm.
A friendly reminder:
The materials provided by Diahan Southard, including the syllabi, presentations, and resulting recordings, are copyrighted by the speaker.  They are provided only to the paid attendees of the "Olympia Genealogical Society Spring Seminar 2022".  The recordings will be accessible for 5 days.  Sharing or duplicating these materials in any way is expressly prohibited.