Connecting Your DNA Matches: Diahan Southard

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The sound on the url cannot be heard, even after several efforts.

I logged in this morning, but WT doesn't think so.
Roberta, I just tried it now, and overall the sound was fine.  The sound does not turn on for the first 10 to 11 seconds, but turns up to normal by about the 12th second.
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I found her an interesting speaker, very listenable I think for most people.  There were times I wished she would move along a little quicker, but that's probably just me.  The talk was fairly basic, stressing the use of the SharedCM project's charts and similar, but she did spend some time introducing AncestryDNA's new feature, ThruLines, touching on both its potential and its faults, with examples.  Probably the most important lesson she stressed is requiring verification - don't trust single DNA matches (verify with more matches), don't trust recommendations (test their validity).

The one thing I wish I could tell her though, would be to drop the 'cheating' references.  I don't think using a cordless screwdriver over a traditional one is cheating, and that's basically what she was saying.  Using these new genetic genealogy tools is not cheating - they are legitimate tools to be learned and used.  I know she was trying to be cute (can't think of the right word), telling people to cheat with the newest tools available, but her message did not need that 'cuteness'.

by Rob Jacobson G2G6 Pilot (126k points)
Her Jack and Jill webinar on DNA Central had me laughing. It's a great explanation of how to use DNA to prove different relationships and use the free tool on DNAPainter for relationship prediction. It's worth one month membership to watch that one webinar.

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