Family Tree DNA offers FREE webinars (online seminars) on genetic genealogy and DNA ancestry testing related topics. All webinars are open to both our customers and the general public with registration. They are recorded, so that they may be attended live or viewed later.
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Upcoming Live Webinars

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Previous Webinars – Archived Recordings

Beginning & General Topics

NEW: Introduction to Family Tree DNA

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: http://youtu.be/NEkuxldCJ4k
This free webinar gives an overview of Family Tree DNA’s Y-DNA, mtDNA and Family Finder (autosomal DNA) tests. We explain what each of these tests can reveal about your ancestry and how to decide which test to order based on your personal interests and goals. We also show the personal myFTDNA account where all of your results will be reported, as well as example results from each test. And finally, we give a brief overview of the Family Tree DNA group projects and other resources available at Family Tree DNA.

myFTDNA: Managing Your Personal Account at Family Tree DNA

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/Ix7RtX9A8-A
Learn your way around your personal myFTDNA account at Family Tree DNA! We’ll cover basic account settings, where to locate your results when they come in, how to upload a GEDCOM (family tree), how to update your Most Distant Ancestor information and map coordinates for your ancestral location, how to join projects and account privacy. (Note: This webinar does not cover interpreting your results. We have other webinars dedicated to understanding your results!)

Feature Launch: Interactive Family Tree

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: http://youtu.be/uUHy9FodSpw
Family Tree DNA has launched an exciting upgrade to our GEDCOM system… a new interactive Family Tree! Watch this webinar for an overview of our new Family Tree features and a live demonstration.

NEW: Understanding DNA Results in the Context of Ashkenazi Ancestry

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: http://youtu.be/BCjQnOONT8I
Genealogists researching Ashkenazi ancestry often find a variety of challenges in our traditional research: young surnames, changed surnames, cousin marriages, short paper trails and more. These same situations can make understanding and analyzing our genetic genealogy results and matches challenging as well. This presentation discusss how these situations affect our genetic genealogy results, how to understand our results in light of these situations, and some best practices for getting around these challenges to make the most of our genetic genealogy experience.

Family Finder

Brief Introduction to Family Finder

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/VB5qAtDYNc4
A brief overview of the Family Finder (autosomal DNA) test at Family Tree DNA. We’ll show example Family Finder results, the personal myFTDNA account where results are reported, and talk about which of your family members to consider testing to make the most of your Family Finder experience.

Family Tree DNA Results Explained: Family Finder Inheritance and Matching

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/DXtWJ4OzBec
Family Finder tests the 22 pairs of autosomal chromosomes and the X chromosome. This webinar explains how both the autosomal and X chromosomes are inherited, how your Family Finder matches are determined, and how to read and begin analyzing your Family Finder matches. Family Finder results pages covered: Matches & Known Relationships.

Family Tree DNA Results Explained: Family Finder Match Comparison (Using Common Matches, Matrix and Chromosome Browser)

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/dUXKdy0-Fg8
This webinar explains how to get more information about your shared DNA with your matches by using the Common Matches filters (In Common With & Not In Common With), the Matrix tool and Chromosome Browser.

Family Tree DNA Results Explained: myOrigins

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/PAQlZZxmk_o
myOrigins is the ethnic percentages feature of Family Finder. Attendees of this webinar will learn about the myOrigins population clusters, how to understand your own myOrigins results, how to utilize myOrigins match information and much more.

Family Tree DNA Feature Launch: X-Chromosome Matches in Family Finder

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recordings: Part 1Part 2Part 3
On January 2, 2014, Family Tree DNA launched an exciting update for Family Finder: X-Chromosome matches! This webinar will provide a brief overview of the new tools on the Matches and Chromosome Browser pages for viewing and analyzing your X-Chromosome match information.

Family Tree DNA Feature Update: myOrigins (Population Finder)

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/AEDkrJcbofk
myOrigins is Family Tree DNA’s new version of Population Finder. Get ready to dive into your ethnic origins like never before! This webinar provides an overview of myOrigins, with a tour and explanation of the new myOrigins results page, discussion about the many new population clusters and a summary of the methodology used to generate the myOrigins results.

Y-Chromosome DNA

A Selection of Y-DNA Success Stories at Family Tree DNA

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/cFJvqZNZCQ8
Family Tree DNA has been offering Y-DNA testing for the past 14 years, and our customers have had many amazing success stories over the years. We’ve selected a few of these great success stories to present in this webinar. You’ll not only hear the stories, but also learn about the methods used to achieve each success.

Family Tree DNA Results Explained: Y-DNA Markers, Matching & Genealogy

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/ekB9LY_aL04
Y-DNA is a powerful tool for identifying genealogical matches on the direct paternal line. In this webinar, attendees will learn how to read and understand your Y-DNA STR marker results and matches, and how to use those matches in conjunction with your genealogy research.

Covers these Y-DNA results pages: Matches, Ancestral Origins, Matches Maps, Standard Y-STR Results.

Family Tree DNA Results Explained: Y-DNA Haplogroups & Deep Ancestry

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/QmmA6Fs83XI
In addition to genealogical matching, Y-DNA testing can also be used to discover the deep ancestry of your direct paternal line. This webinar focuses on Y-DNA haplogroups and how they relate to your deep ancestry. We’ll also discuss the Y-DNA Haplotree, SNPs and subclades.

Covers these Y-DNA results pages: Matches (Haplogroup & Terminal SNP columns), Haplogroup Origins, Haplotree & SNPs, Migration Maps, SNP Maps

NEW: Help, My Y-DNA Matches Have a Different Surname!

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: http://youtu.be/qiv0Ny6nvAY
Y-DNA is a powerful tool for connecting with other families of the same surname. However, there are also many situations where a person has Y-DNA matches with one or more different surnames, and there are many different reasons for this. Join us to learn why you might have Y-DNA matches with different surnames, what this means for your genealogy, and next steps to get the most out of your Y-DNA results.

Advanced Topics at Family Tree DNA, Part 1: Y-DNA

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/B3RNVPBwAiU
This advanced webinar goes beyond the Family Tree DNA Results Explained webinar series, providing more in-depth detail about the genetics and usage of Y-DNA testing. We will cover the following topics: compound markers, palindromic & multi-copy markers, genetic distance models, modal values & triangulation, micro-alleles, recurrent SNPs & SNP discovery projects.

Advanced Topics at Family Tree DNA, Part 1 Continued: Y-DNA SNPs & Haplogroups

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/R2fiYzfuZxk

This webinar is a continuation of the advanced Y-DNA webinar presented live on January 28. In the previous webinar, we focused on Y-DNA STRs. In this new webinar, we’ll focus on Y-DNA SNPs and Haplogroups. Topics include the Y-DNA Haplotree, options for “deep-clade” and individual SNP testing, SNP discovery projects and the draft Y-DNA tree.

Family Tree DNA Product Launch: Getting to Know BIG Y Results

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/DxdPSG0VZIY
On Friday, February 28, 2014, Family Tree DNA released the first set of Big Y results! This webinar provides an overview of the Big Y product, as well as demonstrates and explains the Big Y results page in myFTDNA. 

Family Tree DNA Feature Launch: Big Y Matching

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/36gIHE6kOBk
Customers who have Big Y test results can now view Known SNP matches. This webinar will walk through the Big Y Matches page and discuss how Big Y matching works. 

Family Tree DNA Feature Launch: 2014 Y-DNA Haplotree

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/Yo5rBKpXZM8
In celebration of DNA Day 2014, Family Tree DNA launched our long-awaited Y-DNA Haplotree update! In addition to expanding the tree from 400 to over 1000 terminal branches, the Haplotree page has an updated, fresh design. This presentation gives a demonstration of the new tree and more details about this landmark update!

Mitochondrial DNA

Family Tree DNA Results Explained: mtDNA Matching & Genealogy

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/4HiK9g5mKdU

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is passed down almost unchanged from a mother to her children. Family Tree DNA’s mtDNA tests enable you to trace your maternal line using the world’s largest mtDNA database. In this webinar, attendees will learn how to read and understand your mtDNA results and matches, and how to use those matches in conjunction with your genealogy research.

mtDNA results pages covered: Matches, Ancestral Origins, Matches Maps, Results

Family Tree DNA Results Explained: mtDNA Haplogroups & Deep Ancestry

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/Npu4OZZHlcQ

In addition to genealogical matching, mtDNA testing uncovers the deep ancestry of your direct maternal line. This webinar focuses on mtDNA haplogroups and how they relate to your deep ancestry.

mtDNA results pages covered: Results (Haplogroup section), Matches (mtDNA Haplogroup column), Haplogroup Origins, Migration Maps

Advanced Topics at Family Tree DNA, Part 2: mtDNA

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/0bMjr7kVFL8

The Advanced Topics series goes beyond the Family Tree DNA Results Explained series, providing more in-depth detail about the genetics and usage of the tests offered by Family Tree DNA.

Part 2 of this series focuses on mtDNA. Topics include Advanced Matching, mtDNA nomenclature, and mtDNA Haplogroups.

Project Administration

Mind the GAP: Beginner's Guide to the Group Administration Page at Family Tree DNA

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/vFdbN7uSkJQ
Family Tree DNA has over 7,000 surname, geographical, heritage and haplogroup projects. All of these projects are run by volunteers who have a passion for genetic genealogy. This webinar provides an in-depth look at the many tools available in the GAP for project administrators. If time permits, we’ll also discuss member recruitment and other project administration topics.

GAP Tools: Managing and Analyzing Project Member Results

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/tgzuyE37TA0

The Group Administration Page (GAP) has many tools for volunteer project administrators to manage and analyze project member results. This webinar will cover the following topics: Viewing member results, member subgrouping, analyzing project results using the Genetic Reports for Y-DNA, mtDNA and Family Finder.

NEW: Advising Project Members on Y-DNA SNP Testing

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/hVuKzeCEZ7c

Project administrators are often consulted by project members regarding which Y-DNA SNPs to test and whether large-scale SNP tests such as Geno2.0 and BigY would be beneficial for them. Advising project members can be challenging due to the large number of SNPs available, the different benefits of the various tests, and the varied goals/interests of the individual project members. This webinar will offer suggestions and best practices to assist project administrators in guiding their members toward the most appropriate SNP tests.

Traditional Genealogy

Introduction to Genealogy Research (U.S.)

Presenter: Elise Friedman
Recording: https://youtu.be/Yxc1U1vutvM

Make the most of your genetic genealogy experience by combining your test results with traditional paper trail genealogy research!

If you’re new to genealogy and don’t know how to begin searching for genealogy records, join us for this introductory presentation. You’ll learn how to get started, the types of records most commonly used in genealogy, where to find genealogy records, and suggestions for next steps. The focus will be on U.S. genealogy records, though the concepts should be applicable to everyone.

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