Course Description

ONLINE: Millions of people have done DNA testing to determine where their ancestors were from and to identify additional relatives to add to their family tree. But the full power of DNA test results can often be difficult to grasp. This course is for genealogy DNA beginners: people who have DNA test results and need assistance understanding them. The following topics will be presented and discussed: 1) basic DNA science and the kinds of DNA used in genealogy: X, Y, mitochondrial and autosomal; 2) how to interpret ethnicity findings, how to use DNA results to find relatives; 3) the different tools used to interpret DNA results that are available on the websites of Ancestry, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritage. Typically, a lecture will be followed by discussion, frequently drawing on students' own inquiries. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
Genealogy VI (A) - Beginner: Applying DNA to Your Family Tree
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Jan 31, 2023 to Feb 21, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

: Prerequisite: genealogical DNA test results or anticipation of having them by the first week of class. Bettinger's book "The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy" will be referenced in the course, but not assigned reading. Purchase is optional.

Recommended reading:
Blaine T. Bettinger, "The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy" (9781440300578)

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