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Combining DNA and Traditional Research – In-Depth Case Studies – September 19, 2024

Webinar Abstract: DNA testing has exploded onto the genealogy scene in recent years and is now one of the most important tools available to advance family history research. In order to successfully use DNA testing for genealogy, however, it is essential to combine it with traditional research techniques. This presentation will outline a number of genuine DNA case studies that demonstrate what can be achieved when you combine long-established research methodologies with DNA test results analysis. These case studies will cover verification of family tree lines, the breaking of brick walls and the solving of hitherto unfathomable mysteries. Michelle will explain the pathways to success and provide lots of her top tips along the way!

Presenter: Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, author, speaker and historian. She runs her own genealogy and DNA consultancy business, Genes & Genealogy, specialising in solving all manner of unknown parentage and unknown ancestor mysteries using a combination of DNA results analysis and traditional research methodologies. She also undertakes conventional family history research, living relative tracing, media consultation, lecturing, coaching, podcasts, webinars, speaking engagements, the creation and teaching of DNA courses and article, blog and book writing commissions. Additionally, she is known for her work on the WW1 Fromelles Genealogy Project, is a co-author of ‘Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide For Family Historians’ and is a regular speaker at major global genealogy events.

Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S-BfW8l-SPWMpjMR1xIYNg

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