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June Monthly Meeting – The Leeds Method of Color Clustering by Dana Leeds
June 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Leeds Method of Color Clustering:
An Easy Way To Group DNA Matches To Identify Your Ancestors’ Families
Dana will discuss how to apply the Leeds Method of DNA clustering to your own DNA results. As effective as it is, the method does not require advanced computer skills nor an advanced knowledge of genetic genealogy. Everyone can use it and benefit, no matter their skill level. Since a previous knowledge of a test taker’s full family is not required, the Leeds Method can be highly useful in identifying links to unknown surnames; perhaps allowing you to break through that brick wall that has stymied you for years.
In early in 2018, Dana sought a way to sort an adoptee’s DNA matches into maternal and paternal groupings and to identify likely surnames for each. From this need to resolve family clusters, Dana developed her Leed’s Method of Color Clustering. She found that she could easily visualize and sort her adoptee’s DNA matches, clearly exposing the maternal and paternal roots.
Dana will show us exactly how that method works, and she will provide results of case studies that used her innovative tool to discover family links and ancestors.
The Leeds Method that Dana developed is a way for experienced genealogists to see DNA matches from a new perspective. For newbies the method can be a easy and rewarding first step in assessing your own DNA matches.
Dana’s method has been discovered and written about by such notables as Blaine Bettinger and Kitty Cooper. This year she was invited to teach her method at both the national Rootsweb Conference and at the Utah Genealogical Society. We are indeed fortunate that she has agreed to travel to Austin to speak to us about the Leeds Method.
Please join us at our meeting this Tuesday, June 25th, for what promises to be a highlight presentation. The social hour (with snacks) starts at 6:30 p.m. at Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones in Austin. Dana’s presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Please bring a friend. Visitors are always welcome.
Twenty years ago Dana Leeds started working with traditional genealogy, doing research at libraries and court houses. Five years ago she took her first DNA test. Her world of genealogy immediately changed. Adding DNA to her genealogical tool kit merged passions for genealogy, science, and teaching with great results. She developed the Leeds Method, a tool widely used throughout the world to logically organize DNA results into meaningful data.
Dana, a 1993 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, lives in the Houston area and is a frequent speaker at area genealogical societies as well as at national events. As busy as she is, she manages to write a great blog DanaLeeds.com which is chock-full of tips by Dana and guest authors on how best to analyze your DNA findings and merge that information with the resources available on major on-line databases.