Autosomal DNA for Genealogists
Autosomal DNA testing is the newcomer in the genetic genealogical playground. Unlike YDNA and mtDNA that cover only one line in your pedigree chart, autosomal DNA can potentially provide information on anyone in your tree back five or possibly six generations.
But with all of that potential comes a more complicated DNA testing experience, and one that changes rapidly as new advances in both DNA analysis and data interpretation are taking genetic genealogy in new directions.
Come learn what each of the four major DNA testing companies have to offer, learn how others have applied autosomal DNA testing to answer genealogical questions, break through brick walls, and identify their origins.
Diahan Southard, BS
Diahan Southard graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in microbiology. As an undergraduate she worked in the archeogenetics laboratory of Dr. Scott Woodward. In 2000 that lab became the basis for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF). In those early years of the foundation Diahan traveled extensively in the United States lecturing and collecting samples to help build the database.
Upon graduation she worked for Sorenson Genomics, a sister company to SMGF, as a genetic analyst. She then worked for SMGF up until July of 2012, spending much time lecturing in the field of genetic genealogy, developing products and services, as well as consulting with individuals and families regarding how their genetic results relate to their genealogical endeavors.
She has now transferred that knowledge to her partnership at the Genetic Genealogy Consultant where she is engaged in creating personalized reports for individuals who have had DNA testing completed, but aren’t sure about the Next Steps.
Diahan has three darling children, a supportive husband, and one old, if somewhat neurotic, miniature schnauzer.