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
What are the Odds? – FAQ at DNA Painter
Research Like a Pro
Study Group – more information and email list
Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com
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