Welcome to my resource page for my lecture – “More Useful Tools Helping Me Break Down My Brick Walls”

My Heritage DNA

MyHeritage is a relatively new entry in the DNA testing companies.   But they are coming on strong.   If you have tested with another company (such as AncestryDNA) you can transfer your results to MyHeritage for free.   I have found at least two very significant DNA matches which were only on this website.  https://www.myheritage.com

For a review: https://thegenealogyguide.com/myheritage-dna-testing-review


DNA Websites

Blaine Bettinger’s The Genetic Genealogist website, especially the Shared cM project.

The charts are very helpful in determining the possible relationship with a DNA match.

The DNA Painter’s Shared cM Project page offers a visualization tool.  Enter the length of a match – and it will display a range of possible relationships with probabilities associated with each.

International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG):

Cousin Statistics – charts showing how likely a given level of relationship will have a match.  For example 3rd cousins at AncestryDNA will match 98% of the time.

The DNA Geek

Leah Larkin

Additional Resource

Leah Larkin’s website, TheDnaGeek has a blog in which Leah writes about genetic genealogy.   She has worked actively with Blaine Bettinger to analyze the results of the shared centimorgan project (see above) and to develop the probabilities of relationships between specific match sizes (how many centimorgans) and possible relationships (such as 2nd cousin).

Her 6 part blog post titled:”Science the Heck Out of Your DNA” offers cutting edge ways to help analyze matches and evaluate possible relationships.  You can read the first post in this series here: http://thednageek.com/science-the-heck-out-of-your-dna-part-1/.

In the 5th post in this series, Leah refers to a Probability Calculator on the DNA Painter website and offers an example of how to evaluate and rank multiple hypothetical relationships.   Link to the Probability Calculator:  https://dnapainter.com/tools/prob2?m=[]

Continued Learning through Webinars

Free Webinars


Recommended Webinars

$ = subscription site

Planning and Organizing
Mind Maps Family Tree Webinars – Thomas MacEntee Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results” $
Cluster Genealogy and Fan Clubs Family Tree Webinars has several – search for “FAN”

Elizabeth Shown Mills offers an excellent case study in FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver’s Great Trifecta – $

Timelines Family Tree Webinars – Beth Foulk “Solving Genealogy Problems with Timelines$

– Jill Morelli “Using Timelines for Correlation and Analysis$

OneNote Microsoft’s OneNote Video Training and Microsoft’s OneNote: Basics and Beyond

Several YouTube videos including: Microsoft OneNote – 2018 Detailed Tutorial

and many more . . .

Record Research
Bureau of Land Management Records Homesteads: An American Treasure, Rick Sayre on Ancestry Academy

Google Earth

Find Your Ancestors Land Records Using Google Earth – Kimberly Selma.   Short example of how to take BLMGLO record location and locate in Google Earth.   The process works a little bit differently today.   More information in my online links (see below)
DNA Research
MyHeritage DNA MyHeritage.com offers several free webinars at FamilyTreeWebinars.  Check out their webinars here.
Ancestry DNA



Expand and Support Your Genealogy Research with DNA Circles with Ross Curtis on Ancestry Academy.