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The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast

Feb 10, 2020

Today's episode of Research Like a Pro is about how to create a research plan with DNA sources and methods. Robin Wirthlin joins us as we discuss the next step in the Research Like a Pro with DNA process. We talk about the summary of known facts for documentary sources, and also for DNA sources. We go over how to identify possible sources and methods, including DNA analysis tools, then prioritize them. Throughout the episode, Nicole gives examples from an example research objective and plan - who were the parents of Malissa Welch? Join us as we discuss how to research plan with DNA.

Robin's new DNA process charts:

DNA Process Tree 1 (Verify genetic connections to ancestors) - PDF available for purchase

DNA Process Tree 2 (Solve unknown and misattributed parentage) - PDF available for purchase


Genealogy Research Planning with DNA - by Nicole at Family Locket

Research Like a Pro Part 4: What’s the Plan - by Diana at Family Locket

Perils of Source Snobbery - by Tom Jones, originally published in OnBoard 18 (May 2012), shared online at

Strategies to Meet Standards with DNA Evidence – Compelling SLIG Course - by Nicole at Family Locket

Connected DNA: The Power of Network Graphs - by Nicole at Family Locket

Past RLP with DNA episodes:

RLP 70 – DNA Tools and Methodology part 2: Chromosome browsers, segment triangulation, chromosome mapping, visual phasing

RLP 69 – DNA Tools Part 1: Clustering, Pedigree Triangulation, WATO

RLP 63: Locality Research in a DNA Research Project

RLP 61- Analyzing Your Sources in a DNA Research Project

RLP 57 – Three Steps to Focus Your DNA Research with an Objective

RLP 54 – Three Ways to Chart your DNA Matches

RLP 52 – Using Your DNA Results: 4 Simple Steps

RLP 51 – Which DNA Test Should I Take? DNA Testing Strategy

Research Like a Pro eCourse

Study Group - more information and email list

Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on

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