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DNA for Beginners - Before Taking a DNA Test


Are you wondering how DNA may help you advance your family history research? Do you wonder what it could tell you? Are you unsure what test to take and at which company? What are the potential problems with taking a test?

This pre-recorded talk is aimed at people who have not yet taken a DNA test and want to understand if it is worth proceeding with a test. It provides guidance on what you will be able to find out (and what you cannot find out). A brief description of DNA inheritance patterns will be provided for autosomal and Y-DNA.

The talk will explain the different test types and which companies you can use to test at. It also examines some of the potential pitfalls in taking a test such as unexpected results and concerns on privacy. At the end of the talk, you should have the knowledge to make an informed decision on taking a DNA test. With tutor Mia Bennett


About the speaker: Mia Bennett has followed in her ancestors’ footsteps as an engineer for her ‘paid’ job but loves using her analysis skills to investigate the fascinating world of her relatives.

She has been researching her family history for over 25 years and has been a trustee of the Society of Genealogists for over five years. She has run brickwall workshops, provided advice and worked in the SoG library. 

Mia carries out family history research and DNA analysis for clients. She is an Associate of AGRA.  She gives talks on traditional genealogy and DNA including at Family Tree Live and on an Unlock the Past cruise.

She is an alumni of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and has travelled internationally to meet others who share her passion.Science is at the fore with her interest in using DNA to solve older genealogical mysteries.

More information about Mia (or Amelia as she is formally known) can be found at her website Mia Genealogy.

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