Demystifying DNA for Family Historians (250)


Tutor: Karen Cummings


DNA testing is becoming a more and more important tool in genealogical research with the potential to solve long-standing brickwalls and mysteries. Right now, the popularity of DNA testing has never been higher, and the more people who are tested, the greater the chance of success. However, with so many tests available and so many companies to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start and what would be best for your own circumstances.

This course provides you with the vital tools to understand and demystify DNA testing. You will learn about the different types of DNA, how genes are really passed down a family line and what a haplogroup is. It will take you step by step through various tests available, when to use each test, who can take the tests, where to test and how to interpret the results. Whether you are interested in ethnicity tests or want to solve a genealogical problem, you will be equipped with the knowledge to start a fascinating journey back in time.

The course is suitable both for those who have taken a test and are trying to decipher their results and those trying to make decisions about which test to take.

There are four lessons, one per week, covering the following topics:

Lesson Headings:
  • Introduction to DNA Testing for Family Historians
  • Y-DNA testing (the male line)
  • mtDNA testing (the female line) and ethnicity tests
  • Autosomal DNA testing

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Relevant Countries: All

Course Length: 4 weeks
Start Date: 10 Jun 2019
Cost: £45.99

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