Getting to know Sunny Morton and Diahan Southard

We are fortunate to welcome Sunny Morton and Diahan Southard as two of the three speakers for the DGS Summer Seminar on August 4 and 5. If you’ve never heard them speak, you’re in for a treat! Registration is open now, so please join us!

 

Sunny Morton

Sunny McClellan Morton is an award-winning writer and speaker. She has developed courses for Family Tree University and has authored My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories as well as the forthcoming How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records. At RootsTech 2017, she taught a session on “Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage”; you can see the video at https://www.rootstech.org/videos/sunny-morton. Sunny is also an editor for Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems blog and podcasts and is a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine.

 

 

Diahan SouthardDiahan Southard has been interested in DNA since high school and has made it her career, first with Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and now as Your DNA Guide. Like Sunny, Diahan also presented at RootsTech 2017 on “DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together.” Diahan has also appeared in several Family Tree webinars and, in fact, has a free one on Friday, June 16 at 1:00 PM CDT on the topic, What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA. My favorite ones, though, are the “Watch Geoff Live” seminars she’s done with the webinar host, Geoffrey Rasmussen. These are unscripted session where Diahan walks Geoff through his DNA test results, making discoveries and breaking a brick wall or two along the way. (Note: The older webinars can be viewed by webinar subscribers or you can purchase a digital download of individual seminars that may be of interest to you.)

 

Join us August 4th and 5th at the J. Erik Jonsson Library to hear these great speakers. 

DGS DNA Interest Group Meets This Thursday, Nov 17

DNA SIG

The November meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA Special Interest Group is this Thursday at 6pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 7201.

Program: 3 SIG members attended the FamilyTreeDNA Genetic Genealogy Conference this past weekend in Houston. They will discuss updates and explanations of new tools available, plus exciting changes in FTDNA.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

SIG leader: Mic Barnette, dna@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS’s DNA SIG Meets This Thursday, 10/20

DNA SIG

The October monthly meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA Interest Group will be held this Thursday, October 20 at 6pm in the Hamon Room on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

Program: Jean Larson will discuss tools to use in determining relationships with matches in Ancestry, FTDNA and Gedmatch.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Leader: Mic Barnette, dna@dallasgenealogy.org.

Additional information:

  • Have questions about DNA and genealogy? Attend a FREE LIVE DNA Q&A Session from Legacy Tree Genealogists on Saturday October 29th and leave smarter! with genetic genealogist Paul Woodbury. 10:30-11:00 am Mountain Time/11:30-12 noon Central Time.
  • Also check the schedule for the DNA sessions at the Texas State Genealogical Society meeting if you plan to attend only one day of the three. Some of the conference sessions have been rearranged.
  • If you tested with Family Tree DNA, you might be interested in Roberta Estes’ latest blog post: New Pedigree View at Family Tree DNA.

DNA SIG Meets This Thursday, Sept. 15

DNA SIG

Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA interest group will meet on Thursday, September 15th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Hamon Room, 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

Program:
1. Barbara Ware will discuss how she is using a simplified spreadsheet to assist in suggesting DNA connections across three testing companies.

2. Mic Barnette will show changes to the FamilyTreeDNA website. If you tested with FTDNA and haven’t been to the site recently, you might want to look at it. We may also talk about the changes on AncestryDNA.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Leader: Mic Barnette, dna@dallasgenealogy.org.

DGS DNA SIG Meets This Thursday, May 19

The May monthly meeting of the Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA Special Interest Group will be held this Thursday from 6pm-7:30pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, 75201.

Program: Jean Larson will talk about DNA tools, the DNAGedcom website and the Ancestry Helper tool developed by Jeff Snavely. Jean has attended the beginning DNA course at GRIP (Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburg), the advanced DNA course at SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy) and the day-long workshop by Debbie Parker Wayne, sponsored by the Mid-Cities Genealogical Society. She will be participating in the Genetic Genealogy Tools & Techniques course at the Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University this summer.

Leader: Mic Barnette.  DNA@dallasgenealogy.org.

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DGS’s DNA Interest Group Meets This Thursday, April 21

The April meeting of Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA Special Interest Group will be held this Thursday, April 21 on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas TX, 75201. The time is 6 – 8pm.

Program:  changes in GEDMatch for FTDNA users, share what the DIG members have learned from using GEDMatch during the past two months, and look at the following features in GEDMatch.

  • GEDCOM to All
  • 2 GEDCOMs
  • Search all GEDCOMs
  • GEDCOM + DNA Matches
  • User Lookup

Leader: Mic Barnette, DNA@dallasgenealogy.org.

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DGS DNA Interest Group Meets This Thursday, March 17: Ethnicity Results

The Dallas Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group (DIG) will meet on Thursday, March 17, 2016 in the Hamon Room (5th floor) of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library from 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m. Address-1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201.

Program:  Celebrate your DNA ethnic heritage on St. Patrick’s Day. The group will discuss ethnicity results found in FTDNA (MyOrigins), Ancestry (Ethnicity Estimate), and 23andMe (Ancestry Composition). Review your DNA results and bring your questions. For example, do siblings have the same ethnicity results? Why? Why not?

Remember to try out GedMatch. We will continue with its tools in April. Jean Larson will be our presenter in May.

DIG Leader – Mic Barnette, dna@dallasgenealogy.org.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

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DNA Interest Group Meets Thursday, Feb 18

The Dallas Genealogical Society’s DNA SIG (DIG) will meet this Thursday, February 18, from 6 to 8pm, on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

This month, DIG will review GEDMATCH Tools for DNA and Genealogy Research. GEDMATCH allows you to compare your DNA results with others who match you but are using a different testing company.

The group will cover how to download your DNA data (autosomal) from FamilyTreeDNA, Ancestry, and 23andMe, then look at how to upload DNA data and GEDCOMs to GEDMATCH.

DIG participants will look at the following GEDMATCH tools:
• One-to-many and the results page
• One-to-one
• X One-to-one
• Search all GEDCOMs
• GEDCOM + DNA match

Leader: Mic Barnette,  dna@dallasgenealogy.org

DIG resources.

DGS members and others interested in DNA as a genealogical search strategy are invited to participate. The meetings are free and open to all.

DNA SIG

DGS DNA Interest Group Meets Thursday, January 21

The DIG meets from 6 – 8pm on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas.  Map

DNA-2-iconThe program Topic is  X Chromosome. The group will look at Fan Charts, Pedigree Charts and Ahnentafel Reports (some times called Ancestor Reports) to assist in finding which of your lines could have X matches.

In preparation, you can read SIG Leader Mic Barnette’s article on his website: “Finding X Chromosomes“. In Mic’s article there is a list of ahnantafel numbers depicting where on anyone’s pedigree chart the x-chromosome matches. Additionally, there are other links that you can read and follow for more information about X chromosomes.

You might want to print out a ahnentafel report and either fan chart or pedigree chart if your genealogy program can do that. Write the ahnentafel numbers on your fan or pedigree chart. Bring these to class.

Here is a link to a blank fan chart.

Mic Barnette, DNA SIG Leader, dna@dallasgenealogy.org

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Dallas Genealogical Society DNA SIG Meets Thursday, Dec. 17 at the Dallas Public Library

The DGS DIG will meet in the Hamon Room on the 5th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas from 6-8pm.  Map

Program:

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  • Use DPL WIFI to look at some of the tools and filters on FTDNA and if needed, Ancestry or 23 and Me.
  • Use Y-DNA and Family Finder:  (From Mic) My Finch cousin is matching a man in England. Our Finch family left England and came to Virginia in the 1600’s. So, now it is looking like I am going to figure out from where in England my Finch family came from.

 

 

Mic Barnette, DIG leader, dna@dallasgenealogy.org

Visit my Blogs at:

  • http;//www.yourfamilytree.micbarnette.com
  • http://www.barnettdna.micbarnette.com
  • http://www.finchdna.micbarnette.com

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