Course Five – Genetics for Genealogists: Beginning DNA

UpcomingCourse Five – Genetics for Genealogists: Beginning DNA

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    Course Five $545.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
    March 6, 2021
  • Course Five
    July 25, 2021 - July 30, 2021
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Course Five — Genetics for Genealogists: Beginning DNA

Registration opens Saturday, 6 March 2021 at 10:30am ET

[Maximum: 40 students]

Course Coordinator

Patti Lee Hobbs, CG®

Description

This course covers all the types of DNA (Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, X-DNA, and autosomal DNA) needed to incorporate genetic evidence into a genealogical study. Sessions are organized around the workflow used to answer genealogical questions related to branches of the same family. Most hands-on exercises and case study sessions will focus on incorporating DNA into a family study. Later exercises build on the earlier ones. Emphasis is on how DNA can strengthen a genealogical conclusion when correlated correctly with documentary evidence.

Prerequisites, textbooks, and other student information

Prerequisites: There are no DNA education prerequisites for this beginner course.

Course requirements: Attendees should be familiar with genealogical research concepts and techniques taught in IGHR’s Methods and Sources (Course 1) and Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies (Course 2). Attendees should take at least one DNA test through AncestryDNA and plan to bring a laptop.

Required textbooks: None.

Recommended textbooks:

Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Debbie Parker Wayne and Blaine Bettinger

Course Schedule

Monday
10:30 – 11:00 Introductions (Hobbs)
11:00 – 12:15 Genetics for Genealogists: An Introduction (Hobbs)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Patrilineal Lines: Y DNA (Hobbs)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Matrilineal Lines: Mitochondrial DNA (Hobbs)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Case Study Hands-on: Incorporating Y DNA and Mitochondrial DNA (Hobbs)
 
Tuesday
10:30 – 11:00 Homework Review (Hobbs)
11:00 – 12:15 Autosomal DNA: Fundamentals, Company Tools 1 (Hobbs)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Autosomal DNA Case Study: The Power of Combining Shared Relatives, Shared DNA, and Pedigrees to Identify Unknown Relatives (Randolph)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Understanding X DNA (Randolph)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Case Study Exercise for Autosomal DNA: Combining Shared Relatives, Shared DNA, and Pedigrees (Hobbs)
 
Wednesday
10:30 – 11:00 Homework Review (Hobbs)
11:00 – 12:15 Basic Statistical Concepts for Genetic Genealogy (Randolph)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Autosomal DNA: Understanding Shared Segments 1 (Hobbs)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Autosomal DNA: Company Tools for Segment Analysis (Randolph)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Case Study Exercise: Shared Segments (Hobbs)
 
Thursday
10:30 – 11:00 Homework Review (Hobbs)
11:00 – 12:15 Third-party Tools: GEDmatch (Randolph)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Autosomal DNA: Shared Segments 2 (Bartlett)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 Autosomal DNA: Clustering (Bartlett)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 Case Study Exercise: Triangulation & Clustering (Hobbs)
 
Friday
10:30 – 11:45 Kinship Analysis & Admixture (Randolph)
11:45 –12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:15 DNA & the Genealogical Proof Standard (Hobbs)
1:15 – 1:30 Break
1:30 – 2:30 Feedback, Wrap up, and Certificates (Hobbs)

 

Course Faculty

Patti Lee Hobbs, CG®, Course Coordinator
Jim Bartlett, PE
Jennifer Stone Randolph, MSc

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