Seattle Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society



The Seattle Genealogical Society  2014 Fall Seminar will be held Saturday, October 18th at Fairview Christian School.

DNA: The New Genealogy Frontier with speaker Diahan Southard

A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard worked before and after graduation for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Growing up with the budding genetic genealogy industry lead her to her current position as Your DNA Guide, where she writes and lectures about genetic genealogy as well as provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. Diahan's lectures are always fun, upbeat, and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

Session 1: 9:15am - 10:30am

Ruling the World with Mitochondrial DNA
The mitochondrial DNA, with its direct maternal line inheritance pattern, is a powerful tool for any genealogist, male or female, seeking to extend or verify a genealogical line. In a fun and entertaining lecture you will learn the basic and intermediate principles of using mtDNA to examine your past using mtDNA testing.

Session 2: 10:45am - 12:00pm

YDNA Testing is for EVERYONE (yes, you!)
The Y chromosome DNA, with its direct paternal line inheritance pattern, is a powerful tool for any genealogist, male or female, seeking to extend or verify a genealogical line. This interactive lecture will cover basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA verify and extend your pedigree chart.

Session 3: 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Charting Your Course through Autosomal DNA Testing
At some point in the recent past you were convinced that DNA testing could help with your genealogy, so you went through with the testing.  But now you are faced with confusing results and a long list of matches. This lecture will refresh your biology knowledge, create the foundation of genetic genealogy knowledge, and most importantly, teach you how to get started using your autosomal DNA testing in your genealogy. 

Session 4: 2:30pm - 3:45pm

SGS Case Studies
Bring your personal stories of working with and finding ancestors in common and living cousins using DNA strategies.  Or, listen to those who have succeeded and how they strategized for success.








The Seattle Genealogical Society features two all-day seminars per year.

Each Spring we bring in a nationally recognized genealogical speaker. In the Fall, we hold a seminar focused on a particular theme with local experts.

Previous seminar topics and speakers include:

Spring 2014: "Wanted - Relatives: Dead or Alive", Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

Fall 2013: A Genealogical Potpourri

Spring 2013: Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist

Fall 2012: Re-Search and Prove

Spring 2012: George G. Morgan

Fall 2011: Military Records: The Price of Freedom Isn't Free

Spring 2011: Colleen Fitzpatrick

Fall 2010: On the Move: US Migration

Spring 2010: Elissa Scalise Powell

Fall 2009: Oral History

Spring 2009: John Philip Colletta