Intermediate DNA and Genetic Genealogy
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Course image Organising a One-Name Study
Intermediate DNA and Genetic Genealogy
Course Summary:

NOTE: This course requires compulsory materials to be ordered. 

  1. The book, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: The Art of a One-Name Study can be purchased
  2. Optional Print Course Material: Organising A One-Name Study *Will only be sent to students that are already registered in the course. 

One-name (surname) studies are not just about collecting documentary event data on a particular surname. According to the Guild of One-Name Studies, the aim of the study “is to research the genealogy and family history of all persons with a given surname and its linked variants.” The study can be as elusive as the wild goose chase for a needle in a hay stack and is certainly a challenging pursuit. Through proper use of resources your research will be extremely rewarding. 

This course will begin by examining the art of a one-name study and elaborating on the many different elements you should consider. Organising your research, searching for primary sources around the world, analysing the data you acquire, publicising, publishing and preserving your work are thoroughly discussed along with tips and techniques in the field of one-name studies. 


Contact Hours: 21
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
GUILD OF ONE-NAME STUDIES
Certificate of Excellence

ABOUT ONE-NAME STUDIES
Introduction
About the “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”
Required Reading
What is a One-Name Study?
A Look at Surnames
Derivation of Surnames
Nicknames
Patronymics
Surname Frequency
The Guild of One-Name Studies
Getting Started on Your One-Name Study

MODULE 2
DOCUMENTARY DATA COLLECTION
Required Reading
Documentary Data
Indexes of Births, Marriages, and Deaths in England and Wales
Originals of Civil Registration
Census Records
Wills and Will Indexes
The National Archives
Parish Registers in England and Wales
Original Parish Registers
Gravestones and Memorials

MODULE 3
GENERAL REGISTRATION IN OTHER COUNTRIES
Required Reading
General Registration in Various Countries
Census Returns & Electoral Rolls in Other Countries
Other One-Name Studies Sources

MODULE 4
ANALYSING THE DATA
Required Reading
Analysis
Family Reconstruction
Naming Lineages
Finding Missing Data
Migration of Ancestors
National Archives of Australia
Gazetteers
Map Sources
How DNA Can Help Analyse One-Name Study Data
Registering a Y-chromosome DNA Project
Synthesis of Data
Types and Origins of Surnames

MODULE 5
WEBSITES FOR ONE-NAME STUDIES
Required Reading
Guild of One-Name Studies
Beware! The Privacy of Living People
Websites to Connect With
Improve Your Chances of Getting Found
Social Networking
Blogs
How to Contact Name Bearers

MODULE 6
PUBLISHING
One-Name Study Websites
Required Reading
Publishing Your One-Name Study
Articles in Magazines and Journals
One-Name Study Books
Things to Consider
Seminars and Conferences
Publishing on the Web
Protecting Your Research
Online Archiving for Guild Members
Ensuring the Longevity of Your Study
When Your Time Comes

MODULE 7
DNA & YOUR ONE-NAME STUDY
Required Reading
Introduction
Finding a Study
Creating a DNA Study
Recruiting Volunteers
Collating & Analyzing Data
Reminders
Course image Organising a One-Place Study
Intermediate DNA and Genetic Genealogy
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Organizing a One-Place Study

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

One-place studies are the study of the people in a community within the context of the place they live. Unlike a local history, which focuses on the past as described by residents, a one-place (or community) study uses a statistical approach and resources often used by family historians. Because a one-place study brings family and local history together, various analysis methods can be used to reconstruct the community and gain an insight into the lives of the people who have walked the streets, ploughed the fields, worked and worshipped in a place. This course will suggest ways in which this could be done. 

This course will examine the sources of information available to researchers, how to access them (on- and off-line) and the fascinating details which can be uncovered. 

Course Length: 6 weeks
Contact Hours: 15
Grading Scale: 70% Tests/30% Assignments
Course Length: 6 weeks
Course Content

MODULE 1
GETTING STARTED
Maps
Churches
Non-conformity
Gazetteers & Directories
Photographs
Sources for One-Place Studies
Researching Your Place
Censuses
Maps & Plans
Churches
Other Places of Worship
Other Buildings
Gazetteers & Directories
Photographs of the Area
Other Online Sources
Derivative Sources

MODULE 2
ANALYSIS OF PEOPLE IN A TIME & PLACE
Introduction
Getting Started - The People
Church Registers
Newspapers
Discovery Catalogue
School Records
Poor Law
Apprentice Records


MODULE 3
UNDERSTANDING THE COMMUNITY
Turning Back Time
The World Wars
Service and pension records
Soldiers who died in the Great War
Finding soldiers using the Absent Voters Lists
School records
Wills

MODULE 4
FAMILY RECONSTRUCTION & ONE-PLACE STUDIES
Family Reconstruction
Complexity of family reconstructions
Limits of feasibility
How to do it
Drawing the threads together
Examples of One-Place Studies
Joining a group of like-minded people

MODULE 5
DNA & ONE-PLACE STUDIES
Introduction
Finding a Study
Creating a DNA Study
Recruiting Volunteers
Collating & Analyzing Data
ADDITIONAL READING
Course image Forensic Genealogy
Intermediate DNA and Genetic Genealogy
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Forensic 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 this course. 

Please be aware this course is classified as Basic Level in the Professional Development Certificate Program. It has been developed for individuals who have experience in genealogy research and are at, or working in, the Intermediate to Advanced Levels in our other certificate programs. It is advised that you have genealogy research knowledge and experience, in addition to completing the Analysis and Skills Mentoring Program-Part 1 course or have a working knowledge of the topics taught in that course prior to registering for this one. 

The field of forensic genealogy is a fast-growing field dealing with genealogical research that might have legal implications such as heir searching or determining mineral rights. Families drift apart for many reasons: divorce, disagreement, migrations, remarriage, or others. Today’s genealogists and family historians have many reasons for reestablishing connections with lost relatives. This course is designed to help forensic researchers identify and contact living people. It will also take students through genealogical sources and documents, but with a focus on identifying living people, as well as some practical examples. Students will also learn about specific career subsets in forensic work. Forensic genealogy and the work necessary to identify and contact living people can be a rewarding field. This course will teach students some of the basic skills necessary to get started. 

NOTE: This course has more of a U.S. focus; however, the skills being taught can be applied to those researching in other countries. 

Course Length: 7 weeks


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

MODULE 1
INTRODUCTION TO DESCENDANCY RESEARCH
Introduction to Forensic Genealogy
Genealogical Proof Standard
Evidence Analysis
Organization
Descendancy Research
Records & Sources
Additional Educational Opportunities
Conclusion

MODULE 2
SOURCES: INTERVIEWS, NEWSPAPERS, & PUBLISHED FAMILY HISTORIES
Interviews & Oral Histories
Conducting Interviews
Published Family Histories
Using Newspapers & Public News Sources
Conclusion

MODULE 3
SOURCES: DOCUMENTS & RECORDS
Birth Certificates
Death Certificates & Associated Records
Funeral Homes & Cemeteries
Marriage & Divorce Records
Census
World War I & World War II Draft Records
Probate
Land & Real Estate Records
Conclusion

MODULE 4
SOURCES: ONLINE DATABASES & DIRECTORIES
Ancestry.com
People Finder Websites
Google & Other Search Engines
Social Media108
Facebook
Twitter
Yearbooks
City Directories & Phone Books
Professional Licenses, Business Registrations & Associated Directories
Conclusion
Recommended Reading & Resources

MODULE 5
DNA
Fundamentals of DNA
Terminology
Types of DNA Testing
DNA Testing Procedure
Y-DNA
Mitochondrial DNA
Autosomal DNA
DNA Testing Companies
AncestryDNA
Family Tree DNA
23andMe
Third Party Websites
Making Contact
Conclusion

MODULE 6
COMMON OBSTACLES, MAKING CONTACT & MORE RESOURCES
Obstacles with Contacting Living People
Making Contact
Forensic Genealogy Career Options
Heir Searching
Mineral, Gas, and Oil Rights
Real Estate
DNA
Military Repatriation
Guardianships
Dual Citizenship
Unclaimed Persons
Capital Mitigation
Genealogical Credentialing
Hiring a Professional
Conclusion