Course Twelve – DNA as Genealogical Evidence (Advanced)

UpcomingCourse Twelve – DNA as Genealogical Evidence (Advanced)

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    Course Twelve $545.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
    March 6, 2021
  • Course Twelve
    July 25, 2021 - July 30, 2022
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Course Twelve — DNA as Genealogical Evidence (Advanced)

Registration opens Saturday, 6 March 2021 at 12:30pm ET

[Maximum: 30 students]

Course Coordinator

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG®, BCG Trustee

Description

This all-new course focuses on the creation of a convincing body of evidence to achieve proven genealogical conclusions. The Genealogical Proof Standard provides the organizing principle. Genealogy Standards provides best practice guidance. This course seeks to provide the foundation to help the researcher confidently answer the oft-repeated question “How much is enough?” The course emphasizes the parameters of reasonably exhaustive research in both documentary and genetic sources.

Case studies illustrate the use of advanced DNA evidence analysis strategies including chromosome mapping, genetic networks, correlation of multiple types of DNA, admixture analysis, and visual phasing.

The complex research problems are long-standing genealogical brick walls and could not be solved without the skillful use of DNA and evidence from documentary sources.  The researcher faces barriers such as pedigree collapse, community endogamy, cluster migration, paucity of documentary records, courthouse fires, enslaved people, freeborn mulattos, changed identities, conflicting evidence and other challenging obstacles to success.

Evening homework (optional) asks the student to use the day’s lectures as inspiration to answer an introspective question designed to assess individual strengths and weaknesses.

Pre-reading Requirements

Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof

Debbie Parker Wayne and Blaine T. Bettinger, Genetic Genealogy in Practice

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Documentation

Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained (the first two chapters)

Debbie Parker Wayne, ed. Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies

Board for Certification of Genealogists, Rubrics for Evaluating New Applications for BCG Certification, 2019 edition; PDF, Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Golden Nuggets

The class will collaborate on a “Golden Nuggets Quicksheet” of handy tips and strategies learned throughout the week.

Prerequisites, textbooks, and other student information

Prerequisites:

This is an ADVANCED methodology course. The prerequisite requires previous completion of the following full-week institute courses at any genealogical institute in three categories:

1—Advanced Methodology, Advanced Genealogical Methods, Mastering Genealogical Proof;

2—Beginning DNA, Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, Practical Genetic Genealogy;

3—Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA, Intermediate DNA, Chromosome Mapping, Advanced DNA, SLIG Virtual DNA Practicum.

If a registrant does not meet the prerequisites, a work sample may be submitted for consideration that correlates genetic and documentary sources to establish a conclusion meeting the Genealogical Proof Standard.

Required textbooks:

Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition

Debbie Parker Wayne, ed. Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies, selected chapters

Recommended textbooks:

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof

Debbie Parker Wayne and Blaine T. Bettinger, Genetic Genealogy in Practice

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Documentation

Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained (the first two chapters)

Board for Certification of Genealogists, Rubrics for Evaluating New Applications for BCG Certification, 2019 edition; PDF, Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Course Schedule

Monday
10:30 – 11:00 Course Overview and Golden Nuggets (Stanbary)
11:00 – 12:15 The Genealogical Proof Standard (and Chocolate) (Stanbary)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Genealogy Standards (Stanbary)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 The Sample Case: Discipline and the Genealogical Proof Standard in Motion (Lacopo)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 The Goodlow Case: Reasonably Exhaustive Research Resolves Significant Conflicts (Stanbary)
 
Tuesday
10:30 – 11:00 Introspection Discussion (Stanbary)
11:00 – 12:15 The “Barbara” Case: Reasonably Exhaustive Research Matters! (Lacopo)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 The Campbell Case: Ethnicity Results for  Hypothesis Formation (Woodbury)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 The Wax and Huss Families: Multiple Inheritance Pathways (Stanbary)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 The Rencher Case: Two Freeborn Mulattoes (Rencher)
 
Wednesday
10:30 – 11:00 Introspection Discussion (Stanbary)
11:00 – 12:15 The Hobart Case: Up in Smoke (Stanbary)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 Y-DNA: Unknown Paternity and the One-Eyed Blacksmith (Lacopo)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 The Gazin Case: Genetic Networks and Collateral Relatives (Woodbury)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 The Barron Case: Pinpointing a Case of Misattributed Parentage (Woodbury)
 
Thursday
10:30 – 11:00 Introspection Discussion (Stanbary)
11:00 – 12:15 The Adelaide Exervia Case: Tracing African Admixture to its Ancestral Source (Woodbury)
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:45 The Daugherty Case: BigY700 (Lacopo)
1:45 – 2:45 Lunch
2:45 – 4:00 The “Tangled” Case: Community Endogamy in South Carolina (K. Powell)
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:30 The Mawhee Case: An Unknown Father with Multiple Identities (Woodbury)
 
Friday
10:30 – 11:45 Introspection Discussion and Case Study TBD (Stanbary)
11:45 –12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:15 Put Pen to Paper: Writing Strategies to Incorporate DNA Evidence (Stanbary)
1:15 – 1:30 Break
1:30 – 2:30 Golden Nuggets and Certificates (Stanbary)

 

Course Faculty

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG®, BCG Trustee, Course Coordinator
Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
Kimberly T. Powell
David E. Rencher, AG®, CG®, FIGRS, FUGA
Paul Woodbury, MEd

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