The next 'My Jewish Roots' workshop roadshow: Analyze your DNA results


The April “My Jewish Roots” workshop, “Analyze Your DNA Results” is for anyone with an autosomal DNA test from any of the three major testing companies, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, or You likely have a very long list of potential relatives at your disposal. But how do you make the most of those matches? Which matches are worth your time and effort? Learn how to use genetic and genealogical clues to filter and sort your matches in order to make the most progress with your DNA test results. JGSGO President Jerry Kurland noted, “Genetic genealogy can break down brick walls where documents don’t exist.”

Diahan Southard holds a degree in Microbiology and worked at Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. All of her knowledge and experience have culminated into her current position as Your DNA Guide where she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. She has written quick sheets to aid in DNA testing, and produced an online DNA tutorial series on genetic genealogy. She writes for Family Tree Magazine, Your Genealogy Today and is the Genetic Gem at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, where she blogs about DNA and genealogy. Southard’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.

“Analyze Your DNA Results” with Southard will be held Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Central Florida Hillel Center for UCF Jewish Life, 3925 Lockwood Blvd, Oviedo, FL 32765. The workshop is free and open to the public. Bring your own laptop to participate in the lab portion. It is also possible to attend via the Internet. Pre-registration is required. Pre-register for either in-person or online participation at For those interested in participating in a private 20-minute consultation for a $25 fee, email

The “My Jewish Roots” series of 10 monthly hands on workshops hosted by the JGSGO is co-hosted by the Roth JCC, Rosen JCC, and UCF Hillel, in rotation at their facilities and also joinable over the Internet. In addition to assisting attendees in discovering their family tree, these workshops will help the Orlando Jewish community get the most out of the upcoming 37th Annual International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. This premiere international conference will be held for the first time in Florida July 23-28, 2017 at the Disney Swan Hotel with local host JGSGO. For more information, visit


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