DNA Lectures and Workshops, by Deena Coutant

August 16 DNA Beginner’s Workshop:  Focus on Testing (10A-12P) 

Are you interested in DNA testing, but need more?
Who possesses the different type(s) of DNA you want to test?
What type of test(s) are appropriate to answer your questions?
Where–at which lab(s)–should you test, and why?
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If you have already tested your own DNA but have these same questions about testing additional family members, this workshop is for you.  Audience participation and Q&A is welcome.
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Optional pre-workshop homework assignments will give you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge, learn from others, and participate in the discussions. Participants will also have the opportunity to purchase DNA test kits at the end of the workshop.

October 15 DNA Lecture: The Joys and Perils of DNA Testing (10A-12P) 

What You Need to Know to Be an Ethical Genetic Genealogist
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This lecture will provide a foundation in the Genetic Genealogy Standards, which provide guidelines for anyone purchasing, recommending, sharing or interpreting DNA test results.  Explore how to properly communicate with relatives who you plan to ask to DNA test, or administer the results.  Determine how to delicately handle unexpected results and ethical dilemmas.  Understand both the advantages and limitations of DNA testing so that you have a realistic expectation of how to properly use DNA as a key tool in your genealogy arsenal.

October 15 Open House Table (1-3P)

After the morning DNA presentation, Deena will have a table in the afternoon open house event.  Stop by to ask questions about DNA testing, how to choose who is best to test, or whether a specific test will likely answer your research questions.  DNA test kits will be available for purchase from Family Tree DNA and AncestryDNA.

October 18 DNA Intermediate Workshop:  Focus on Results (10A-12P)

This workshop is for those who have already received their own DNA results, or those of a family member, and want to know what to do next. The workshop will explore some of the tools available at the testing companies or third-party websites, as well as the methodology to properly interpret results.
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Optional pre-workshop homework assignments will give you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge, learn from others, and participate in the discussions. Participants will also have the opportunity to purchase additional DNA test kits at the end of the workshop, if desired.

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BIO

Deena Coutant is passionate about creating family legacies that connect the past, present and future generations, through stories, photos, research, or by uncovering the DNA of those ancestors who were previously lost to history.  She combines her skills as a full-time professional researcher, genetic genealogist, and photo organizer to offer unique services through her company, DigiDeena Family Heritage Solutions.  She provides education and strategies to help her clients successfully discover, celebrate, share and properly preserve their families’ memories.