Basic DNA and Genetic Genealogy
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Courses 5 $595.00
Package total: 5 $595.00
Course image DNA: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
Basic DNA and Genetic Genealogy
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: DNA: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

NOTE: There is a lot of interest in DNA and Forensic topics. Please read carefully before registering to take one of these courses. The DNA and Forensic courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies provide instruction on DNA methods as used in genealogical research. We recommend that students without the basic knowledge of genealogy methods and genealogical research should register in the Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started and Methodology Part 2 - Organizing and Skill-Building courses prior to registering for this course.

This course is a comprehensive introduction to genetic genealogy. The basics of DNA and genetic inheritance are explained in detail. The three main test types, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y chromosome DNA (YDNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA) are explored as they relate to genealogy. This includes an overview of laboratory procedures for each kind of test, data interpretation techniques, database searching, match interpretation, and case studies for the three kinds of DNA testing. This course will include comparisons of tools and companies, as well as the genetic stories of famous people.

Course Length: 7 weeks
Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
History of Genetics
Gregor Mendel
DNA vs. Protein
The Structure of DNA
Cell Biology
Chromosomes
DNA for Genealogists

MODULE 2
MITOCHONDRIAL DNA
Overview of Mitochondrial DNA
mtDNA Case Study
mtDNA Haplogroups

MODULE 3
Y CHROMOSOME DNA
Overview of Y Chromosome DNA
Y Chromosome DNA Case Study
YDNA Haplogroups
Identifying Mutations

MODULE 4
AUTOSOMAL DNA
Introduction to Autosomal DNA
CODIS Markers
Short Tandem Repeat Markers
SNPs For Genealogy
Biogeographical Analysis
Researching Native American Heritage
Finding Relatives

MODULE 5
LABORATORY METHODS
The Early Days
Sample Collection
DNA Extraction
DNA Amplification
Recipe for DNA Copies
DNA Analysis
Agarose Gel Electrophoresis
Capillary Electrophoresis
mtDNA Sequencing
Microarray Analysis
Next Generation Sequencing

MODULE 6
TESTING COMPANIES
Choosing a Testing Company
Choosing a YDNA STR Testing Company
Choosing a YDNA SNP Testing Company
Choosing a mtDNA Testing Company
Choosing an Autosomal DNA Testing Company
23andMe
Ancestry.com
Family Tree DNA
Course image DNA: Autosomal DNA - Testing for Everyone
Basic DNA and Genetic Genealogy
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material:DNA: Autosomal DNA - Testing for Everyone

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

NOTE: There is a lot of interest in DNA and Forensic topics. Please read carefully before registering to take one of these courses. The DNA and Forensic courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies provide instruction on DNA methods as used in genealogical research. We recommend that students without the basic knowledge of genealogy methods and genealogical research should register in the Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started and Methodology Part 2 - Organizing and Skill-Building courses prior to registering for this course.

Genetic genealogy is a great tool, but also has ethical concerns beyond scientific understanding. Explore and understand the three tests of genetic genealogy. Autosomal, that now includes X-Chromosome analysis, paternal lineage (yDNA), and maternal lineage (mtDNA).


Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
What is atDNA?
Who can test?
Why should you test?
What to do while waiting for your test to come back
Taking the Test
A Basic Genealogical Research Plan

MODULE 2
BASIC GENETICS
Why you are you
Who do you take after
It’s all a numbers game

MODULE 3
DEALING WITH PEOPLE
Ethics and genetic genealogy
Investment = Success
Ways to communicate with your potential relatives
Information to include in correspondence

MODULE 4
UNDERSTANDING THE RAW DATA
What is a Match?
Quantifying relatedness
Organizing Your Data
Testing Information
Managing Your Matches
Keeping Track of Your Segments
Testing Companies
AncestryDNA
23andMe
Family Tree DNA
MyHeritage DNA
Living DNA

MODULE 5
ANALYSIS TOOLS
Third Party Tools for Analysis
GEDMatch
Phasing
Triangulation

MODULE 6
X-CHROMOSOME ANALYSIS
X Inheritance
Ethnicity and atDNA
Importance of Reference Populations
Genetic vs. Genealogical Trees
How companies compare
Ethnicity calculations and GEDMatch
Course image DNA: Tracing Maternal and Paternal Lines
Basic DNA and Genetic Genealogy
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: DNA: Tracing Maternal and Paternal Lines

*Course material will only be sent to students who are registered in the course.

NOTE: There is a lot of interest in DNA and Forensic topics. Please read carefully before registering to take one of these courses. The DNA and Forensic courses offered by the International Institute of Genealogical Studies provide instruction on DNA methods as used in genealogical research. We recommend that students without the basic knowledge of genealogy methods and genealogical research should register in the Methodology - Part 1: Getting Started and Methodology Part 2 - Organizing and Skill-Building courses prior to registering for this course.

This course focuses on two types of DNA testing for genealogy: Y-Chromosome DNA (yDNA) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing. You will learn how to determine when you should take these tests, what they will tell you, and more importantly what they will not tell you. We will also discuss how to read and interrupt your testing results.

Course Length: 7 weeks
Contact Hours: 18
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 7 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION
Review of Genetics
Review of Genetic Testing Results
Haplogroups in yDNA and mtDNA
Pre-Testing Research
Taking the Test
Ethics and Genetic Genealogy

MODULE 2
Y-DNA
Family Health
Unknown Parentage
Deep Ancestry & Ethnicity
Curiosity
History of the yDNA Test
What the test will tell you

MODULE 3
Y-DNA ANALYSIS, HAPLOGROUPS & MIGRATION
Ordering A Test
Deciphering your results
What is an STR Number
How closely related are you?
Ancestral Paternal Heritage
Modal Haplotypes

MODULE 4
MITOCHONDRIAL DNA EXPLAINED
What are Mitochondria?
How is it inherited?
What can the test tell you?

MODULE 5
MT-DNA ANALYSIS & DEEP ANCESTRY RESULTS
What exactly is tested?
Your Results
The unusual case of heteroplasmy

MODULE 6
SURNAME PROJECTS
Finding a study
Examples of DNA Surname Projects
Creating a surname project or DNA study
Recruiting volunteers
Collating and analyzing data