Michelle Leonard

How to Make the Most of Your Autosomal DNA Test

This presentation will outline how to get the most out of Autosomal DNA testing for genealogy. Michelle will explain how you can use your Autosomal DNA results to verify your paper trail research, connect with new cousins, break down brick walls and solve mysteries. She will illustrate how Autosomal DNA works, give practical advice on using your results in conjunction with traditional research and demonstrate what can be achieved with case studies and success stories. She will also cover the importance of X-chromosome matches, the use of third party tools and reveal her top Autosomal DNA tips.


Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist, genetic genealogist, freelance researcher, speaker, author and historian. She runs her own genealogy business, Genes & Genealogy, and specialises in DNA Detective work solving adoption and all manner of unknown ancestor mysteries with the use of DNA testing.  She also undertakes traditional family history research, living relative tracing, historical and television research, book, article and blog writing, tutoring, lecturing, webinars and speaking engagements. She is a regular speaker at major genealogy events including Who Do You Think You Are? Live and Genetic Genealogy Ireland.

Additionally, Michelle is the official genetic genealogist of www.ancestryhour.co.uk and is one of the hosts of the Twitter hour itself (Tuesdays 7-8pm GMT) during which she fields any #DNA queries that arise. She also spent several years working on the ground-breaking Fromelles Genealogy Project tracking down appropriate DNA donors to identify WWI soldiers buried in a mass grave in France and served as the Genealogical Consultant on the official Fromelles documentary. She regularly works on new historic soldier cases when battlefield remains are discovered.