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)
The day after the Seminar, registrants were sent an email with links to recordings of the four sessions which will be available through Sunday, April 17.
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 Zoom meeting opens
08:45 - 09:00
General Announcements and Introduction
09:00 - 10:00
Presentation: Five Tips To Make Sense of Your DNA Testing
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:15
Presentation: No Tree? No Problem!
11:15 - 11:45
Lunch break
11:45 - 12:45
Presentation: Your DNA Match List -- Overcome the Overwhelm by Organizing Them
12:45 - 01:00
01:00 - 02:00
Presentation: Ask The Wife! A DNA Analysis Strategy
02:00 - 02:15 Final Thoughts and Q&A
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 five 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". The prizes listed below have been confirmed. This 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
  • Southern California Genealogy Society's jamboree 2022 standard registration
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 presentations (a total of five links).  We recommend that participants download and print each syllabus in advance.  The Zoom link will have an embedded password.  The Zoom session will open for attendees at 8:30 am and will end at about 2:15 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.