Purpose and Vision Statement

The Utah Genealogical Association DNA seeks to provide genealogical information, sources and education through personal instruction and published media on family history topics while promoting high standards and ethical practices.

The Client's DNA: Strategies and Tools for the Professional

Presented by Zachary Hamilton on 25 August 2020.

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DNA is an integral part of client-based research for every professional. From adoption cases to colonial Y-DNA projects, professionals handle client's most personal information on a daily basis. But are you doing everything you should be doing? Explore each step of the client journey from contracts and communication to privacy and deliverables and make sure you are doing everything you can in the client's DNA journey.

Zachary HamiltonZachary Hamilton is the owner of The Millennial Genealogist. A specialist in Southern US research and military records, Zachary has worked for and contracted with some of the leading genealogy companies in the world, including and The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Zachary has also been a contributing researcher to the Emmy-nominated television series, Who Do You Think You Are?

In addition to his research experience, Zachary is a lecturer at regional conferences across the country, including RootsTech and has been a guest speaker for genealogy courses at Brigham Young University - Idaho and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Zachary currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Utah Genealogical Association and on the Committee for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Making Sense of Your Jewish DNA Results

Presented by Adina Newman, EdD on 27 October 2020.

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This presentation will focus on the basics of understanding and interpreting Jewish DNA results from the major testing companies. The format will highlight common beliefs and misconceptions related to analyzing these results and provide context and strategies to promote successful research when working with these cases.

Adina Newman, EdDAdina Newman, EdD, is the owner of My Family Genie, where she assists clients with their research and blogs about her own family history. Her main interests are in Jewish genealogy, genetic genealogy, and New England. She has a doctorate in educational leadership and the certificate in genealogical research from Boston University. Adina has completed SLIG Virtual All-DNA Advanced Practicum and Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis at IGHR. She was a 2020 recipient of the AncestryProGenealogists scholarship. She volunteers as a Facebook moderator for a Jewish genetic genealogy group and is the Social Media Coordinator for NextGen Genealogy Network.

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Presentation Schedule


Month Presentation Presenter
November Incorporating DNA into Your Genealogy Business Bonnie Belza
June How to Choose* a Y-DNA Test *or Choose Not to Do Vivs Laliberte
May Introduction to Y-DNA Vivs Laliberte
April DNA Clustes: Concepts and Uses Randy Whited
March Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA Alec Ferretti, MA, MLS
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November An African-Canadian Family History Mystery Mags Gaulden
October Triangulation: The Backbone of Autosomal DNA Testing Ginger Smith
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August What Do DNA Percentages Really Mean? Brian Sheffey
July GEDmatch: Tools to Interpret DNA Matches Mary Eberle, JD
June Researching Like A Pro With DNA Diana Elder, AG
May Parents for William: A Case Study using DNA and the Paper Trail Michelle Roos Goodrum
April Privacy, DNA, and Genealogy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword Thomas MacEntee
March The Leeds Method: Grouping DNA Matches to Identify Common Ancestors Dana Leeds
February DNA and Uncovered Secrets Richard Weiss
January An Introduction to Chromosome Mapping Shannon Combs-Bennett


Month Presentation Presenter
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November Using DNA For Irish Ancestry And Irish Adoptees Maurice Gleeson
October DNA Testing for Beginners Eric Wells
September Introduction to Genetic Networks Paul Woodbury
August Obtaining And Using mtDNA And Y-DNA Evidence Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
July Discovering John Huber Christopher Eric Wells
June Understanding DNA Testing For Genealogy Jim Brewster
May What To Do With Your Test Results Kitty Cooper
April DNA Success in -- and Despite of -- Endogamy Lara Diamond
March Help! When You Need Somebody Stephanie Saylor
February Phasing of Autosomal DNA David Pike
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November DNA as a Battering Ram for that Brick Wall Barbara Rae-Venter, JD, PhD
October How to Solve a Genealogical Problem Angie Bollard
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