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2019 Annual Genealogy Lecture: Your DNA Guide, Diahan Southard

Genetic genealogy is one of the most exciting and groundbreaking advancements in genealogical research, but it can be confusing (and expensive!) as well. If you’ve been following its advancements in the news, you may know that there are many different companies selling DNA tests, as well as several different types of tests. But how do you know which to buy? And what would be the most useful test, or tests, for your particular research needs? 

Join us for the Maryland State Library Resource Center’s 18th Annual Genealogy Lecture Series, featuring Diahan Southard. Ms. Southard will present the following lectures:

  • Three DNA Tests = Three Times The Fun
  • The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite
  • Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test
  • How DNA Made A Family Out of Strangers

After earning a degree in microbiology, Ms. Southard started her career working for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, one of the first efforts to create a correlated genetic and genealogical database.

After starting Your DNA Guide, she began providing personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families interpret their genetic results. She lectures at both national and local conferences, is the author of several quick guides on genetic genealogy, and is a regular contributor to Genealogy Gems. She is also a featured writer for Family Tree Magazine and regular contributor to Genealogy Today, as well as many other small writing engagements.

You can find Diahan on the web at www.yourdnaguide.com, or follow her on Twitter at @DNAdiahan.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a professional who began her work in the early days of the intersection of DNA and genealogical research! 

Lunch will be provided.  

Registration is required.  Call 410-396-5468, or email mdx@prattlibrary.org.

Have you already taken a DNA test? Ms. Southard will be conducting 20 minute onsite one-on-one consultations to provide more personal guidance on your DNA test results on Friday, March 15th. Click here to make an appointment for a session.

Saturday, March 16 at 10:00am to 4:30pm

Maryland Historical Society, France Hall 201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201

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Tracy Dimond

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