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DNA for Beginners: Test Taken, Now What?


So you took a DNA test but you have no idea how to interpret the results you have received? How will it help with your family history research? What is a centiMorgan? This talk is aimed at people who have taken a test (or are about to) but have not yet reviewed the results or are unsure how to review the results. It will look at the key types of results you can expect.

This pre-recorded talk will consider how you can prepare your genealogy research to help use the results when they arrive. It will explain how ethnicity estimates are produced (and why they change with time). It will define and explain some of the terminology used when interpreting results. The reason why shared matching is so important will be explained.

You will be given step by step guides on how to look at the results at each of the main companies (AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritageDNA and 23andMe). At the end of the talk, you should have the knowledge to look at your results and start to understand what they can tell you.


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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