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20 May 2016

Got my DNA results. Now what?


written by Lisa Gorrell


Do you also have questions about your Ancestry.com DNA results?

Recently, I learned a lot by watching a new webinar on Legacy Family Tree Webinars, called “Watch Geoff Live: DNA.” You can find the webinar here

In this video, Geoff showed how he decided whom to have tested using Ancestry DNA. He tested his grandparents for autosomal DNA and the results show matches up to the 4th-5th cousin level. 

He then had a DNA expert, Diahan Southard, take him through his results page at Ancestry.com.  Diahan explained each of the sections in the DNA results page: Ethnicity Estimates, DNA Matches, New Ancestor’s Discoveries, and DNA Circles.

Geoff had a genealogical question he wanted to answer. Watch the webinar to see how close he came to answering his DNA question.

You can also learn more about Geoff’s results by reading his blog post about the experience.  Be sure to read the comments too because these added to my knowledge as well.


For myself, I previously hadn’t paid any attention to some of these parts of my own DNA results page because I didn’t understand their purpose.  After watching the webinar, I now feel much better about how to view my results.

Unfortunately, this webinar is no longer free, but I believe it is worth the $9.95 purchase price for a download. You can also subscribe to the webinar series by purchasing either a yearly subscription at $49.95 or a monthly one at $9.95. 

Once you subscribe, then you can then watch any of the other webinars in the library. There are also several additional webinars on DNA.   I think it’s well worth the money if you want to know more about genealogy and DNA.




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