Categories: Advanced DNA and Genetic Genealogy
# Courses Base Price
Course: DG-301 - Genealogy Ethical Guidelines and Standards $119.00
Course: DG-302 - DNA: Special Circumstances-Adoptees and Unknown Parentage $119.00
Course: DG-303 - DNA: Methodology and Analysis $119.00
Course: DG-304 - DNA: Reading and Understanding Articles for Genetic Genealogy $119.00
Course: DG-305 - DNA: Historical Studies $119.00
Course: ME-304 - Genetics and Medical Family History $119.00
Package total: 6 $714.00
Course image Genealogy Ethical Guidelines and Standards
Advanced DNA and Genetic Genealogy
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: Genealogy Ethical Guidelines and Standards

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

Whether you are a hobby genealogist, society member, serious researcher, or a professional genealogist, ethics affect your work. Adherence to ethical standards as they apply to your research and your interactions with others should be of concern to all researchers. Genealogists are faced with diverse ethical decisions in their research including black sheep ancestors, adoption, non-paternal events, and revealing family secrets. This course begins by looking at what is ethics in genealogy and the history of genealogical ethics and continues by exploring ethical considerations when sharing your genealogy online and in print, DNA testing, and while visiting libraries and archives. Ethical standards for professionals will also be explored including interacting with clients and the public.

Course Length: 7 weeks


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

MODULE 1
ETHICS & GENEALOGY: AN INTRODUCTION
What is Ethics?
Ethics in Genealogy
Consequences of Non-ethical Behavior
Glossary

MODULE 2
ETHICS & THE PROFESSIONAL
Ethical Standards
Clients
Working with Societies
Contract Work
Professional Writing
Suggested Content: Copyright and Disclosures
Copyright Notice
Creative Commons License
Disclaimers
Presentations and Handouts
Social Media

MODULE 3
ETHICS & THE FAMILY HISTORIAN
Online Trees and Other Postings
Volunteer Websites
Terms of Use: Subscription Website Look-Ups
Using Photographs from the Internet
Find A Grave
Plagiarism
Brick and Mortar Research
Social Media
Recommended Reading

MODULE 4
ETHICS & GENEALOGY SOCIETIES
Publications
Now, what about the newsletter?
Presentations and Presenters
Contract
Recordings
Payment
Handouts
Members
Benefits
Privacy
Board
Social Media
Recommended Reading

MODULE 5
ETHICS & PUBLISHING
It’s Online
Fraudulent Pedigrees
But I Pay for that Subscription!
Living People
Black Sheep
Publishing Permissions
Plagiarism
Recommended Resources

MODULE 6
ETHICS & GENETIC GENEALOGY
Administering
Answer my Email??!!
Published Ethical Standards and Guidelines

Course image DNA: Special Circumstances-Adoptees and Unknown Parentage
Advanced DNA and Genetic Genealogy
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: DNA: Special Circumstances - Adoptees and Unknown Parentage

*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 explores how to use genealogy and genetics to uncover genealogical roots, connect with biological family, and better understand medical history. The emphasis is on adoptees and those helping adoptees with their DNA and genealogy. 

This course is adapted from the book The DNA Guide for Adoptees: How to use genealogy and genetics to uncover your roots, connect with your biological family, and better understand your medical history.

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

MODULE 1
DNA GUIDE FOR ADOPTEES
Why DNA testing & why now?
Why this course?
Understanding records related to adoptions
Rights to access identifying versus non-identifying information
State-by-state differences
Records search for international adoptions
People & places to go for information
Confidential intermediary
Registries
DNA testing
The combination approach
Finding support
Dealing with frustration during the search
Australia
Canada
United Kingdom

MODULE 2
COMMON ANCESTORS & LIVING RELATIVES
Relying on other people’s family trees
People-searching websites
Learning from others
How family tree building starts
Vital records
Non-vital records
Brick wall research
Fixing common family tree mistakes
Learning about genealogy & DNA
DNA: The game-changer for adoption-related searches
Identifying your goals for DNA testing
Raw data: what it is & why it matters to a search for family
Preparing for reactions & challenges

MODULE 3
GENETIC GENEALOGY
Genetic Genealogy & DNA Basics
Genetic vs. genealogical trees
What is autosomal DNA?
Companies providing genealogical DNA testing
Privacy & at-home DNA testing
Understanding your autosomal DNA results
Determining relatedness of a mystery person after autosomal DNA testing
Using a chromosome browser
What is X chromosome testing?
Y & Mitochondrial DNA
Y DNA
Mitochondrial DNA
Your ethnicity pie chart
Reference populations
Why ethnicity estimates change over time
Affording & ordering a DNA test
What to do after the testing is done

MODULE 4
ORGANIZING RESULTS
Organizing your DNA results
The DNA family member match list
Tracking your matches
Tracking DNA segments
Clustering
Phasing
Triangulation
Surname studies
Finding success with advanced tools
Reaching out to DNA matches
“Are your parents related?” & ROH
High ROH: A special concern for some adoptees
Adjusting to the high ROH discovery

MODULE 5
DNA & HEALTH INFORMATION
DNA & your health
Preparing for medical DNA testing
Different tests for different purposes
Medical-grade DNA testing
Carrier screening
Diagnostic genetic testing
Pharmacogenomic testing
Proactive gene panel tests
Exome & genome testing
At-home DNA tests for health reasons
How to tell if an online DNA test is legitimate
Health + Ancestry reports
Using raw data files for health information
Promethease & other third-party health tools
Genetic tests for nutrition & exercise
Working with a Certified Genetic Counselor
Concerns about genetic discrimination
Accessing family health history

MODULE 6
SPECIAL ISSUES
Issues for Adoptive Parents & Minors
When an adopted child asks about DNA testing
Special consideration about family matching databases
Obtaining health information for your child
Adopted children with health concerns
Seeking out information for hidden health risks
Using raw data from an at-home DNA test
Bringing it all together
Recommended Resources
Course image DNA: Methodology and Analysis
Advanced DNA and Genetic Genealogy
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: DNA: Methodology and Analysis

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

This course covers advanced techniques associated with DNA methodology, analysis and strategies. Students should have a firm grasp of the understanding of autosomal, Y-chromosome, and mitochondrial DNA. 

While advances in DNA testing are exciting, DNA does not hold all of the answers for everyone. It plays an important role for many who are searching for family, or those simply hoping to learn more about themselves and their genetics. In some cases, DNA testing has helped people discover unknown medical risks. 

People biologically related to you will have to take a DNA test and share the results on the same service or platform you choose to test to connect. After that you will need to use the tools available for DNA analysis allowing you to understand the results to their fullest. 

Each DNA testing company provides its own set of tools and these tools change over time. This course will help you determine what tools are best for you and when to use them. 

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

MODULE 1
TERMINOLOGY & REFERENCE GUIDE
Traditional Genealogy Research
Becoming a Detective
Remember Where You Have Been
Third-Party Tools
Genetic Genealogy Glossary

MODULE 2
AUTOSOMAL DNA ANALYSIS
Review: What is atDNA?
Who can test?
X Inheritance: The Secret in Your atDNA Results
What is an atDNA match?
Shared cM Project
Chromosome Browsers
Chromosome Mapping
Phasing
Triangulation
Visual Phasing
Mirror Trees
Steps to Creating a Mirror Tree with an Ancestry DNA match

MODULE 3
AUTOSOMAL DNA ANALYSIS BY COMPANY
AncestryDNA
DNA Matches
23andMe
FamilyTreeDNA
MyHeritage
GEDmatch
Conclusion

MODULE 4
MITOCHONDRIAL DNA
Review: What is mtDNA
How is it inherited?
What can the test tell you?
Test Results
Multiple Types of Mitochondria
Analyzing Test Results
Conclusion

MODULE 5
Y-CHROMOSOME DNA
Review: What is y-Chromosome DNA?
What can the test tell you?
Deciphering Your Results
Short Tandem Repeats
Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
Determining Relatedness
FamilyTreeDNA TiP Calculator
Conclusion

MODULE 6
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
The Research Process
Brick Wall Research
Unknown Parentage Cases & DNA Testing
Finding Answers Ethically for Your Situation
Surname & Place Name Studies
Creating a Surname Project or DNA Study
Collating & Analyzing Data
Recommended Resources
Course image DNA: Reading and Understanding Articles for Genetic Genealogy
Advanced DNA and Genetic Genealogy
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: DNA: Reading and Understanding Articles for Genetic Genealogy

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

Pursuing genetic genealogy requires genealogists to keep abreast of the latest discoveries and tools in the field of DNA. DNA is an ever-changing field with new tools and discoveries being made rapidly. While taking courses and attending lectures are a must for genetic genealogists, it is just a part of what is necessary to continue your education. In addition, the reading of information presented online, in popular magazines and in peer-reviewed journals, should be a part of your education plan. This course will present ways to better understand what you read about genetic genealogy and provide examples of various writings on the subject.

Course Length: 8 weeks


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

MODULE 1
READING & UNDERSTANDING SCIENTIFIC BASED DNA ARTICLES
Importance of Reading Science-Based Articles
Educational & Scientific Articles by Characteristics
Where to Find Articles
Creating a Reading Group
Suggested Readings & Resources

MODULE 2
STUDYING ARTICLES
Genealogy Article Review
Scientific Article Review
Studying versus Reading
General Analysis Guide
Sections to an Academic Article
DNA Article Analysis Worksheet
Reading Strategies
Tips to Reading for Retention
Creating a Lexicon
Suggested Readings & Resources

MODULE 3
POPULAR MAGAZINE ARTICLE
Required Reading

MODULE 4
BLOG ARTICLE
Required Reading

MODULE 5
PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGY MAGAZINE
Required Reading

MODULE 6
REGISTER STYLE DNA ARTICLE
Required Reading

MODULE 7
POPULAR MAGAZINE ARTICLE #2

APPENDIX
DNA Article Analysis Worksheet
Genetic Genealogy Glossary
Articles For Review
Course image DNA: Historical Studies
Advanced DNA and Genetic Genealogy
Course Summary:

Optional Print Course Material: DNA: Historical Studies

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

Genetic genealogy is a topic of immense interest to family history researchers looking to find connections to ancestors when traditional research has failed to provide results. Utilizing both DNA testing and traditional research methods can mean the difference between an elusive ancestor and a documented ancestor.

 But DNA testing is not just for genealogists interested in family relationships and ethnicity estimates. DNA is well-known for solving cold cases for law enforcement. It has also been used to solve some of history’s biggest mysteries such as in the claims of historical identities. Cases explored in the course include Anna Anderson, the Titanic Baby, Jesse James, and the Golden State Killer.

 What can these seemingly non-genealogical cases teach us? Learning more about DNA as it relates to genealogical cases and non-genealogical cases helps to expand and enhance our DNA knowledge and provides insights as we solve research problems. Students are encouraged to explore these cases presented in this course further by seeking out scientific journals and popular media articles.

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

MODULE 1
HISTORY OF DNA & GENEALOGY
DNA & Genealogy: A History
DNA & Anthropology
Consumer DNA Tests
History
How is DNA used for historical research?
A Note About History Terms
Genetic Genealogy Glossary
Recommended Reading & Resources

MODULE 2
THOMAS JEFFERSON & SALLY HEMINGS
Thomas Jefferson
Sally Hemings
DNA
Case Closed! Right? Or DNA Doesn’t Lie
Recommended Reading & Resources

MODULE 3
THE TITANIC
A Night to Remember
Recovering the Victims
Identifying the Victims
Titanic’s Unknown Child
DNA and Titanic
DNA, Genealogy, and More
Recommended Reading & Resources

MODULE 4
ANASTASIA
The Russian Royal Family
The Russian Revolution
Abdication
July 17, 1918
Did Anastasia survive?
Ancestry of the Royal Family
Finding the Remains
More DNA Testing
Who is the real Anastasia?

MODULE 5
DNA & LAW ENFORCEMENT: SOLVING COLD CASES WITH GENEALOGY
Golden State Killer
Michelle McNamara
DNA & Law Enforcement
DNA & the Golden State Killer
DNA, Criminal Cases & Genealogy
Before the Golden State Killer: The Canal Killer
DNA & Law Enforcement: A New Genealogy Match
Recommended Reading & Resources

MODULE 6
MORE DNA HISTORY
Genealogy
Mayflower
Crimes
Jack the Ripper
Jesse James
Military
Vietnam Unknown Soldier
Hunley
Military Repatriations
Recommended Reading & Resources