NGS 2021 On-Demand! Speaker Spotlight – Janine Cloud

March 19th, 2021 by Teresa Kelley

Why Big Y? The Benefits of Advanced Y-DNA Testing – Janine Cloud

Janine Cloud

Janine Cloud



In this session, Janine will examine what the Big Y is, how it’s useful, and why genealogists should consider investing in advanced Y-DNA testing, specifically FamilyTreeDNA’s Big Y-700.

While aimed at an intermediate audience, this session will cover some basics of Y-DNA testing, including useful terms to help you understand the results of the test. It will also look at the impact that the Big Y has had on surname research and the Y haplotree, which is essentially the genetic pedigree of humankind’s paternal lineage.

If you’ve heard of the Big Y and are not sure whether it is worth the expense, be sure to tune in. If you’ve not heard of the Big Y and are looking for a way to take your paternal line beyond the five or six generations to which autosomal DNA is limited, be sure to tune in.

Janine will also examine what makes a sequenced test different from other types of DNA testing. Case studies will demonstrate the test’s effectiveness and show the importance of  collaboration with others of the genetic lines in order to bring those lines into recent timeframes as well as how SNPs revealed in Big Y can identify family lines more accurately than surnames can.

Be sure to visit FamilyTreeDNA in the virtual exhibit hall and take advantage of their special discounts offered during the conference.

BIO: Janine Cloud became interested in genealogy as a teenager. She began working at FamilyTreeDNA in 2011, where she is the Group Projects Manager and Event Coordinator, in addition to giving presentations about genetic genealogy at national, regional, and local events.

The Virtual NGS 2021 On-Demand! Viewing Starts 15 June

This lecture series is available to view from home on your computer or mobile device and offers you the opportunity to develop exceptional genealogy skills with a highly comprehensive set of on-demand webinars from NGS’s expert conference speakers. On-Demand! packages of audio-visual lectures are now available for purchase.

Select from the 20 or 40 On-Demand! lecture packages with over 85 sessions to choose from. Watch starting 15 June 2021 through 31 December 2021. Both packages come with access to two full days of NGS 2021 Live! from 19-20 May 2021, the virtual conference syllabus, and sponsored bonus sessions. Plus, view the sessions from NGS 2021 Live! and any sessions you did not choose from the breakouts (nine more) beginning 15 June. All sessions will be closed captioned.


To learn more about the NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference’s week-long events, 17-21 May, visit the conference and download a copy of the program brochure