Network exploration and visualization tools offer exciting possibilities for exploring ancestral connections and making sense of DNA matches. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore the basics of network analysis, including using network visualization software as a tool to help us explore relationships, connections, and clusters (networks, FAN clubs) in our family history and DNA data. Through short demos followed by implementation periods, we’ll practice using the free, open-source Gephi software to create cluster networks from both documentary and DNA data. Sample data sets will be provided so we have a common framework for exploration and discussion. The session will be recorded so you can revisit and apply the same principles to your own project and data.
Students should have Gephi (free; available for Mac OS, Windows, or Linux) installed and working on their computer before the workshop. Instructions will be sent after registration. Gephi can be relatively computer resource-intensive, as is Zoom. While you should be able to run both simultaneously on the same computer, having a second computer or tablet available for Zoom is ideal.
If you prefer just to watch and follow along, you’re also welcome!
The workshop will also cover creating and organizing a spreadsheet to collect data for future network analysis, which can serve as an alternative activity for the implementation periods.
Date: 8 September 2022 @ 4pm (EASTERN US) 3- hour session
Cost: $75 (US dollars)
About the presenter
Kimberly is a professional genealogist, author, and educator specializing in genealogical writing, pre-1850 family history, land records, DNA, and solving complex problems. She is past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, serving seven years as a board member and on the Professional Development Committee. Kimberly served as the Genealogy Expert for About.com for sixteen years and is the author of several books, including most recently “The Challenge of Endogamy and Pedigree Collapse” in Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies and The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd edition. She has also contributed to several popular genealogy magazines, including BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, Family Tree Magazine, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.
Kimberly is on the faculty at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), as well as for the online genealogy programs offered through Boston University. Her personal and professional research focus is families with roots in the southeastern US and southwestern PA. You can find her online at Learn Genealogy (www.learngenealogy.com).