Upcoming DNA Talks

Mary Eberle, owner of DNA Hunters, LLC, will be presenting the following DNA talks and workshops.  Join Mary to learn how to use DNA for your family research.  All talks are open to the public.  Registration may be required.  Class fees may apply.  Click on the link(s) below for more information.

DNA Talks, Workshops, and Boot Camps

June 17, 2017 – Digging Deeper into DNA Testing (Beginner to Intermediate Level)

  • Sponsor:  Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Time:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (new time)
  • Location:  Room 126, Memorial Library, Madison, WI

This workshop covers interpreting DNA results at Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA, and 23andMe.  It also covers GEDMatch and has a hands-on exercise. This workshop includes the following presentations.    Registration is required.

Attendees are encouraged to have autosomal DNA testing done with at least one of the following companies before the workshop–AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, or 23andMe–to get the most out of this workshop.

September 7, 2017 – Using DNA for Genealogy Research

  • Sponsor:  Ontario Genealogical Society
  • Time:  7:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • Location:  Webinar

This talk provides background information, such as the types of DNA that can be used for genetic genealogy, companies that test various types of DNA, results provided by testing, and how to use the results to further your family research. Accuracy and privacy concerns are also discussed, as well as how to develop a DNA testing plan to get the most out of your DNA testing.

October 1, 2017 – Using Ethnicity Estimates to Interpret Clients’ DNA Results

  • Sponsor:  Professional Management Conference of the Association of Professional Genealogists
  • Time:  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:  DoubleTree Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, VA

Think that ethnicity estimates provided by DNA testing don’t help, they’re wrong, or at best, they’re just fun? Learn how and when your client’s ethnicity estimates can be useful. This talk will cover

  • how ethnicity estimates are generated and the ancestral timeframe they reflect,
  • differences between the DNA testing companies,
  • additional tools to further explore ethnicity estimates, and
  • how to identify situations in which they can be very helpful.

Several case studies where ethnicity estimates helped solve the genealogy mystery at hand will be covered.

October 6, 2017 – Finding Adoptees’ Birth Families with DNA

  • Sponsor: North Star Genealogy Conference
  • Time:  10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN

Minnesota adoptees have limited rights to information on their birth families. This is why DNA is important for many adoptees looking for their birth families. This talk describes two case studies of Midwest adoptees: one born in Chicago in 1954, the other in Aurora in 1918. Both used DNA to find their birth families. Learn about the steps required for each case.

October 7, 2017 – Interpreting Your Autosomal DNA Results

  • Sponsor: North Star Genealogy Conference
  • Time:  10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
  • Location: Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN

Autosomal DNA (atDNA) tests provide very useful information on our families. atDNA tests include two types of results: ethnicity estimates and a match list. This talk explains why ethnicity estimates oftentimes seem strange and how to use them in reviewing your matches. It also covers how to start making sense of that long list of matches and find common ancestors with your atDNA matches. Tips are provided on which companies to test with and the genealogical uses of atDNA. A little bit of science, but not too much, is covered to help make sense of your atDNA test results.

October 14, 2017 – Digging Deeper into DNA Testing (Beginner to Intermediate Level)

  • Sponsor:  Mukwonago Park & Rec. Dept., Mukwonago, WI
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Location:  W320 S8315 Beulah Road, Mukwonago, WI  53149

This workshop covers interpreting DNA results at Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA, and 23andMe.  It also covers GEDMatch and has a hands-on exercise.  This workshop includes the following presentations.    Registration is required.

Attendees are encouraged to have autosomal DNA testing done with at least one of the following companies before the workshop–AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, or 23andMe–to get the most out of this workshop.

November 4, 2017 – Adoption and Unknown Parentage (Advanced Level)

  • Sponsor:  Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Room 126, Memorial Library, Madison, WI

This workshop is intended for people searching for their own biological parents and those with parents or ancestors who were adopted or otherwise have unknown parents.  This workshop will include the following presentations.    Registration is required.

Participants should have some familiarity with DNA testing, although one of the presentations provides an introduction to DNA.  Attendees are encouraged to have autosomal DNA testing done with at least one of the following companies before the workshop–AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, or 23andMe–to get the most out of this workshop.

Current DNA Workshops Offered by Mary Eberle

Mary is available for DNA workshops for you society.  Below is a list of DNA workshops from which your society can select.

DNA Workshops

DNA Workshops typically last for a 6-hour period, but can be adjusted to meet your society’s needs.  The following two DNA workshops are currently available.

  1. Genetic Genealogy Basics (Beginner Level)
  2. Digging Deeper into DNA Testing (Beginner to Intermediate Level)
  3. Adoption and Unknown Parentage (Advanced Level)