This course will help the student analyze their ancestral DNA test results and apply them to their genealogical family tree. The topics covered will include the various ancestral DNA tests and the differences in their results, but the main focus of the course will be Autosomal DNA. We will also discuss the ancestral DNA testing companies; the risks, benefits and limitations of the testing; the terminology used in DNA analysis ; and methods for interpreting DNA results. During the last portion of each class, students will utilize concepts learned during the class. Students do not need to have had their DNA tested prior to class; if needed sample DNA results will be provided by the instructors.. Students will need to bring to each class a laptop computer, iPad, tablet, etc. with a large enough screen for working on classroom exercises. Lecture (plus questions). Hands-On Computer Use. Field Trip(s).
PREREQUISITE: Completion of a beginning genealogy course is required. Contact the instructor, if unsure of your qualifications at Genealogist4U@gmail.com.
PLEASE NOTE: Analysis for family health information is not provided by genealogical /ancestral DNA testing and will not be discussed in this course. Handouts will be posted on the class website prior to each class for the students to download and print.