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The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast

Nov 4, 2019

Today's episode of Research Like a Pro is a discussion with Robin Wirthlin about how to use DNA tools and methodology in your genetic genealogy. This is part 1 of DNA tools, focusing on creating genetic networks, pedigree triangulation, and the What are the Odds tool at DNA Painter. We grouped these together because they are usually the first tools and methods to use. You don't need segment information or chromosome browsers to use these tools. You can use your AncestryDNA results and create clusters, find where your pedigree intersects with the matches in that cluster, and answer your research question. In recent unknown parentage cases, you can use the descendancy tree builder, What Are The Odds (WATO), at DNA Painter, to see the probabilities that a target person fits within the tree. Using the amount of DNA shared between known people in that tree, you can find out which relationship is more likely. Listen in to hear our discussion about these DNA tools and methods!


10 Ways to Group Your DNA Matches into Genetic Networks by Robin at Family Locket

Pedigree Triangulation: What is it and How Can it Solve Brick Walls? by Diana at Family Locket

Leeds Method - Dana Leeds' website

The Leeds Method with Ancestry’s Colored Dots - Dana Leeds' website

Genetic Affairs 

Gedmatch Genesis

DNA Gedcom

What are the Odds? - FAQ at DNA Painter




Research Like a Pro

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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