DNA Workshop

DNA Workshop

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Learn how to use your AncestryDNA, 23andMe, or other autosomal DNA results to make discoveries about your family history and break down genealogical walls

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Coming Soon!

Participate from anywhere via Zoom


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We’ll Cover:

The basics of autosomal DNA

Clustering your matches

Building family trees for your matches

Steps to using your DNA matches to make discoveries & break through brick walls

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You’ll receive:

A 2-hour live DNA Workshop

(Zoom link will be sent one week prior to the workshop)

A four-page handout

A recording of the workshop will be sent to all participants

Janet Hall Werner, J.D.

I am a family historian, a genealogist, a lecturer, and an attorney. I have a law degree from the University of Virginia, and I worked in government relations on Capitol Hill for 25 years. But since 2016, I have been pursuing my true calling — helping people to discover their family history.

I am an expert in DNA analysis, and I enjoy teaching others how to use DNA in genealogy. I have used DNA to solve many genealogical mysteries and break down many genealogical brick walls.  I have found the birth parents of many adoptees, as well as the birth parents of individuals in prior generations by analyzing DNA matches coupled with traditional genealogical research. I have also found, using DNA, the ancestral villages of ancestors who fled Ireland during the Great Famine, as well as the descendants of particular enslaved people in the American South.

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I’ve got over 25 years of experience in genealogical research and I adhere to the Genealogy Standards set by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). I lecture regularly on DNA and other genealogy topics. I was the sole speaker for the 2020 Fall Fair of the Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS) in Fairfax, Virginia, From Spit to Success: Using DNA for Genealogy.


I am the leader of the Genetic Genealogy (DNA) Special Interest Group (SIG) of FxGS, where I lecture almost monthly. I also serve on the Board of FxGS as the Director of External Relations, and I served as the Newsletter Editor for four years. I am a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS), the New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS), and the New York Genealogical & Biographical (NYG&B) Society.


I am a graduate of the following Genealogical Institutes:

  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) 2020: Advanced DNA Evidence, taught by Blaine Bettinger, et. al.
  • Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy (SLIG) 2021: Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence, taught by Karen Stanbary, et. al.
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) 2021: The Spirit of the Inland Seas: Research in the Great Lakes Region, taught by Cari Taplin, Cyndi Ingle, et. al.
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) 2021: Essential Tools and Strategies for African American Research, taught by Deborah Abbott, et. al.