GEDmatch is a free website that allows uploading raw DNA data from DNA testing companies so that the test data can be compared with data from tests taken at different companies. It also provides tools that may not be available at the original testing company. This presentation will focus on the basics of using GEDmatch to match relatives.
Drew Smith has been a librarian in the Academic Services department at the University of South Florida, Tampa Library since 2007. Drew developed an interest in genealogy as a child, and began to engage in serious family history research after the death of a favorite aunt. He soon became a volunteer in the America Online Genealogy Forum, and within a few years was writing regular genealogy articles for Genealogical Computing, Digital Computing and the NGS NewsMagazine – now NGS Magazine. He also served as the editor of the FGS Voice, and writes the Rootsmithing with Technology column for FORUM, published quarterly by the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He has written Social Networking for Genealogists, and co-authored with George Morgan, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques. His most recent book is Organize Your Genealogy, Strategies and Solutions for Every Research. He has served on the boards of Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa, Federation of Genealogical Societies, and Association of Professional Genealogists. He founded the mailing list GENEALIB for genealogy librarians, and continues to administer it for more than 1100 subscribers. He is also the administrator for the RootsMagic mailing list, and an administrator for numerous genealogy-related groups on Facebook. Drew regularly speaks at conferences and meetings of national, state and local genealogy societies, especially on topics linking genealogy and technology. Together with George G. Morgan, Drew has been the co-host of THE GENEALOGY GUYS PODCAST since 2005 and beginning in 2016 he hosts the GENEALOGY CONNECTIONS PODCAST, which alternates weeks with THE GENEALOGY GUYS PODCAST.